Let’s get the Cottagecore look! This post is a full guide to crafting a perfect Cottagecore bedroom.
I’ve put together my best style tips to design your own Cottagecore space, and created a helpful checklist of all those essential items (skip to the bottom for that).
What is Cottagecore?
First, we should start at the beginning. Cottagecore, as a movement, celebrates a simple rural lifestyle, full of flowers, home-cooked foods, and quaint English villages. It’s popularity has surged in recent years, finding a cult-like following through social media during the pandemic, as many young people dreamed of a different life
So, how can we apply this lifestyle aesthetic and philosophy to interior design?. In particular, our bedrooms are the perfect spaces to craft a cosy cottagecore haven, mirroring the rural world through plenty of florals and natural materials.
We can also apply principles of sustainability, another important pillar of cottagecore, to our interior design. This can be achieved through shopping second hand, using natural fibres (think cotton, linen, wool etc), and in general, buying less and only buying what we really love.
How do I make my bedroom look Cottagecore?
These are the key elements of a bedroom cottagecore aesthetic.
- Vintage botanical Posters and art
- Antique and vintage furniture
- Soft colors
- Cottagecore wallpapers
- Pretty textiles
- Cosy corners
- Cottagecore decorations
Cottagecore Bedroom Ideas: A Style Guide
1. Vintage Botanical Posters and Art
Image via Mindthegap
Vintage botanical and floral posters are a crux of cottagecore decor. They make super cute wall decoration.
Source them second-hand from sites like ebay, search through charity shops, or buy them new, like this super pretty set of posters from MindTheGap.
Decorating with floral art isn’t anything new: in the 18th century, Swedish Botanist Carl Linnaeus papered his entire bedroom in botanical drawings. How’s that for cottagecore! While this technique might be a little rough around the edges, you can get a similar, more polished effect with this beautiful wallpaper from Tess Newall Studio.
Or, if you’re something of an artist, make these prints yourself. Just draw and paint from nature around you; your own garden is the perfect place to start. Wild flowers or foliage, whatever takes your artistic fancy. Finish off the look with second hand frames, or just tape them to wall if you’re into a more rustic design.
2. Antique and Vintage Furniture
Furniture is the basis for a bedroom design and this remains true when designing a cottagecore room. It takes up plenty of space and certain pieces can become focal points in the room. Not only that, but you will use it everyday, so don’t forget practicality.
This sweet corner of a room utilises wooden furniture for an antiquated, cottage feel. Vintage pieces like this can be sourced (for cheap or expensive) from auctions, charity shops, and vintage stores. Don’t rush when it comes to finding your perfect furniture pieces. Keep your eyes peeled and pick what feels right in your space, they will be with you for a long time!
3. Soft Colors
Choosing your color palette can be a great start for a designing an aesthetic cottagecore bedroom. Pick colors straight from the English countryside – pale greens of foliage and plant leaves, and pretty pinks from cottage flower garden staples such as hollyhocks and sweet peas.
White walls are a great base for wall art, and allow for plenty of color in the rest of the room. If you ever want a change, white will go with anything and makes customisation so easy. However, avoid using a bright white that might create a clinical feel, the opposite of a soft and dreamy cottagecore room.
4. Make Use of Cottagecore Wallpapers
Image via Lucie Annabel
Wallpapers and floral prints have long been associated with cottage decor and are a great way to add lots of aesthetic visual interest. I recommend sticking to dainty floral wallpaper for a quaint look as bolder prints can be a little loud and distracting.
Wallpaper also you gives you some choices when it comes to color. Don’t just stick to white background wallpapers as blues, greens, and pinks can look great too. Use in the entire room or just a single wall.
Image via Dunelm
When it comes to decorating and styling your room, textiles are very important to achieving a cosy, cottagecore style. Ditsy floral patterns, gingham (my personal favourite!), pale colors and earthy tones are key to a vintage feel and cottagecore design.
These can be incorporated in a variety ways throughout the bedroom. On your bed, don’t be shy when picking bedding and add plenty of blankets on top for ultimate cosiness. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with single color or pale bedding (and they will go with anything), but patterns can really add a big pop to a plainer room.
For adornments, patchwork quilts have been made and used for generations so they work perfectly in a cottage inspired room. You could even experiment with making your own cushions or a DIY headboard – have fun!
However, don’t forget textiles when it comes to the rest of room. A rug of your choice can really soften wooden floors and a unique window treatment like the one below can add a lot of visual appeal to a sometimes neglected area.
6. Create a Cosy Corner
Cosiness is a key feeling and aesthetic in cottagecore. You can make use of tricky corners in your room by designing a sweet and cosy place you’d love to sit and relax.
In this room, the bed is backed into the corner. With plenty of blankets and pillows, the arrangement really makes use of the beautiful natural lighting coming through the window to create a soft, and very cosy look.
If you have some extra space in your room, you could also create a super cosy reading nook with a vintage chair and a throw. Put up some string lights to soften the space and curl up with a good book and a cup of tea for a very cottagecore vibe.
7. Cottagecore Decorations
To finish up your room, you can really get creative by picking and styling plenty of decorative items. Second hand shops and thrift stores are the perfect way to decorate your space as there’s always a hidden gem waiting to be found. Look for wall decor, light fixtures, or just lovely little trinkets to put on shelves and tabletops.
In particular, use natural materials to avoid clashing with florals and soft colors. Items like wicker baskets and wooden side tables are perfect cottagecore room decor.
If you’re on a budget, or don’t want to completely redecorate your room, cottagecore decor is a great way to start as even small changes can really effect the feel of a room. Most importantly, don’t forget that nature is free and right on your doorstep. Forage for wildflowers and place in a vintage vase to truly bring the natural world into your bedroom.
Essential Cottagecore Shopping List
To round up this guide, I’ve created a quick shopping list of cottagecore staples that can be a great starting point when designing your bedroom. It isn’t definitive (and don’t worry, you don’t need everything!), but hopefully it can get you inspired.
- Vintage and antique furniture
- Floral bedding
- Blankets, quilts, and plenty of pillows
- Vintage mirror
- Flowers and plants (real or fake, we haven’t all got a green thumb!)
- A vintage vase to put them in
- Fairy / string lights
- Bed canopy
- Hanging plants
- Art prints and posters
- All of your favourite trinkets
- And anything else that makes you feel cosy!
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