Discovering the cottagecore furnishing trend

Cottagecore, where it comes from

Bucolic country houses, interior decorations with a retro flavor, flowered corners: the cottagecore conquers interior design, to the point of becoming one of the furniture trends 2021.

What is it about? The cottagecore is a cultural movement which, thanks to the period we are living, celebrates a simple life, whose rhythms are marked by nature and the needs of man.

Green light to activities such as gardening, sewing, preparing homemade bread and desserts that allow you to take care of yourself, enjoying the time spent at home.

Origins of cottagecore

The attraction to a cottagecore world is not new. In the 18th century, European aristocrats built ornamental farms in their country estates to experience the suggestions of a pastoral life.

The aesthetics of cottagecore, in the modern sense, was born on the Internet during the decade of 2010, but it is in 2018 that it explodes on social media, in particular on Tumblr e Reddit, where thousands of American teenagers begin to fantasize about a daily life spent in communion with nature, away from the globalized and accelerated world in which they are used to living.

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It is in the spring 2020, in full global lockdown, that cottagecore reaches the peak of success: on Tumblr, posts on the subject from March to April register + 153% and likes + 541%, on TikTok, views are 252 million; there are videos of users who embroider, take care of the garden or the mother yeast.

And the versatility of cottagecore to make it different from other similar home trends and adaptable to a urban context. Let’s find out how.

Characteristic elements of cottagecore

The goal of cottagecore is to create an intimate and welcoming retreat with one rural spirit which is also true in the city. The idea is to revive the evocative atmospheres of the past; a return to the past inspired by a ideal of slow and romantic life.

How? Here are the characteristic elements of cottagecore.

Cottagecore colors

Let’s start with the colors: to distinguish the cottagecore are the pastel tones.

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In particular, natural or desaturated shades ranging from brown to eggshell, light yellow to ivory.

And again: olive green, lemonade, light blue, antique pink, periwinkle, lavender.

Materiali cottagecore

As for the materials, it is the wood present on exposed beams with a poorly finished look, recycled floors and DIY furniture.

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But that’s not all: cottagecore furnishings cannot be missing eco-chic materials like wicker tables and rattan chairs, which move from the external environments to the internal ones.

To cover the floors, soft brown sheep rugs make walking barefoot indoors more comfortable. Patchwork blankets and handmade shawls warm up moments of relaxation.

Cottagecore accessories

Accessories are the protagonists of cottagecore, first of all prints and papers botanical themed wallpaper. On the walls space then a antique mirrors decorated with inlaid wooden frames.

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Also textile details must be chosen with care: focus on crochet doilies, knitted blankets, hand-embroidered pillows.

A cottagecore house is welcoming both for those who live it every day and for guests; green light to services of porcelain plates and cups to share a slice of cake and tea in good company, at all times.

On a set table, vases and old carafes ready to welcome fresh and fragrant flowers cannot be missing.

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As for the furnishings, the grandmother’s armchair it is a must have that immediately makes cottagecore. What do you think of the vintage style rattan model proposed by ZARA Home? Costa 249 euro.

To make it more comfortable, we can add some comfortable pillows decorated in cross stitch.

The cottagecore in every room

After having seen what are the characteristic elements of cottagecore, let’s now discover how to best combine them in any home environment.

Cottagecore kitchen

The heart of a cottagecore house is there kitchen. It is in this room that one can dedicate oneself to the preparation of piacts made with their own hands: a fragrant bread, a fragrant cake, jars of jam cooked with fruit from the garden.

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Unlike the minimal style, in a cottagecore kitchen everything is in full view, to recreate that lived-in effect that stimulates the senses.

Jars, bowls, dishes are placed on the top or on a rustic wooden table which, if necessary, can act as a work surface or a welcoming table around which to find oneself with the dearest loved ones.

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Vintage chairs, one checkered tablecloth and wall lights complete the cottagecore look.

Cottagecore lounge

In the living area, the glance is given by one botanical wallpaper.
For a romantic effect, we can opt for one with a micro design; on the contrary, for a more contemporary mood, the one with macro floral references, back in great fashion.

We can also have fun playing with colors: wallpapers in light tones give the rooms a shabby touch, while those with dark shades allow you to recreate the so-called style goth cottagecore, Victorian-inspired.

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Extensive use of the tartan fabric to create a suggestive British atmosphere.

Colors also become important in the choice of small items and lighting fixtures that you can prefer to match or contrast, depending on your tastes and how much you want to dare.

Cottagecore bedroom

In the bedroom, the protagonists are the textile elements.

Sheets, blankets and pillows in cotton or linen, embellished with lace and flowers, cover beds in wood or wrought iron, for a comfort that is first of all visual.

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If space allows, place one in a corner rocking chair, enriched with hand-decorated cushions of various shapes and sizes.

On a coffee table or chest of drawers, instead, place a plant or a vase with fresh wildflowers: the glance will be guaranteed.

Cottagecore bathroom

Flowers even bloom in the bathroom. The room dedicated to personal care is the one where we start and end the day; add a touch of green it is not just an aesthetic quirk, but it helps us to be more optimistic and relaxed.

Which one to choose? We can bet on one Sansevieria, to be placed on the internal sill of a window, or on aOrchidea, to be placed on a wooden stool; positioned near the tub, it will make relaxing moments more rewarding.

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In this domestic environment, the cottagecore style marks the return to classic freestanding bathtub, with brass feet, to be placed, if possible, in the center of the room.

The must have? A antique wrought iron sink. In one corner, place a carafe of the same material with lavender flowers which, once dry, you can use to perfume a hot bath.

The cottagecore in town

At this stage, the need for connect with yourself It’s the nature; it is no coincidence that, in recent months, requests for rent or purchase of houses in the countryside have increased (+ 29% compared to the pre-Covid period, according to Idealista’s Research Department).

A desire that is not within everyone’s reach. However, this does not mean that with a few small tricks, we can recreate the slow rhythms of rural life even in a apartment in the city, each according to their own inclinations. Cottagecore docet!

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