We’re pleased to see that one of the hot design trends for 2020 is cottagecore decor. To be honest, this one has never really gone away – it ebbs and flows a little, but it’s always a classic look. This time around it’s become particularly popular with a younger age group too and has been trending on TikTok – some say this may be due to the lockdown and the desire for a simpler, country-style aesthetic.
Either way, you can forget 1980s-style yellow stripped pine and dried flowers – modern cottagecore decor has clean lines, pretty florals, neutral colours and a hint of Provencal farmhouse about it. Here’s how to achieve the cottagecore decor look in your home.
Cottagecore Decor Colours
Think shades of off-white, beige, cream and grey with some subtle pops of floral colours. The idea is to create a neutral, harmonious background with an atmosphere of relaxation. You can incorporate colour in crockery, table linen or soft furnishings, but they should blend rather than shout. Think soft yellow, denim-y blues and lilac-y purples.
Set of three striped storage baskets, Garden Trading
These rustic baskets are ideal for keeping bits and pieces out of sight – position them by a back door to hold gloves, hats and scarves or use to hold vegetables or table linen in a kitchen. £60 for the set, available from Garden Trading.
Meadow Garden tea towel, Lynn Forder Designs
Do the drying up and accessorize your kitchen in cottagecore decor style, with this 100% cotton tea towel, by Lynn Forder Designs. £12.
Adam Lippes x OKA Roseraie China
Inspired by antique famille rose porcelain, fashionable in Europe during the Late Baroque period, the Roseraie china range features a menagerie of colourful flora and fauna on bone china and would make a nice addition to cottagecore decor. Designed by Adam Lippes for OKA.
Cottagecore Decor Textures
The key to this look is not to have any hard lines or perfect surfaces. Natural wood works best, particularly darker woods such as oak that have an interesting, characterful finish. Painted surfaces are de rigeur as well, but the paintwork shouldn’t be too pristine but slightly shabby chic. Natural stone, ceramics and linen all work well.
In a kitchen, you could also mix in some more contemporary materials such as a marble or quartz worktop to give a little contemporary lift, and mix traditional painted cabinets with modern handles in wood or metal.
Flooring should be bare wooden boards, painted wooden boards, stone flags (or stone-effect tiles if you don’t fancy taking out a second mortgage!) and scattered with fluffy rugs.
Hoxton white farmhouse dining table, Modish Living
The perfect blend of cottagecore aesthetics and practicality, this spacious table combines bare wooden and painted surfaces and would work equally well in the kitchen or dining room. It’s available in a range of sizes, starting at 1.8m long, and prices start at £1,325 from Modish Living.
Island Breeze small open dresser, Painted Furniture Company
The compact open dresser is a mini version of a classic farmhouse Welsh dresser, ideal for smaller spaces. It’s handmade in Gloucestershire, and you can specify your choice of colour, wood tone and hardware to customise it to your taste. £1,134, available from Painted Furniture Company.
Cottagecore Decor Patterns
Roxanne rose floral patterned cushion, Yorkshire Fabric Shop
The Roxanne rose floral design fabric, from the Yorkshire Fabric Shop, makes ideal cottagecore style cushions.
Cabbages and Roses floral filled cushion, Terry’s Fabrics
If you don’t want to make cushions yourself, then this ready made Cabbages & Roses floral embroidered cushion is a great alternative. It’s feather filled and £30 from Terry’s Fabrics.
Cottagecore Decor Details
Rustic wire shelf with towel rail, Melody Maison
A versatile shelf unit that can be used in the kitchen as a storage unit with kitchen roll holder or storage hooks underneath. The metal finish is slightly distressed for a vintage look. £19.95, available from Melody Maison.