Creating Cottage Core Style
Whether you discovered it on social media or at a friend or relative's home, you have probably heard about cottage core. This aesthetic has been increasing in popularity in recent years, and is based on the idea of living in a countryside cottage.
What Is Cottage Core?
Cottage core is an aesthetic that has been inspired by a romanticized interpretation of life in rural areas. This style takes aspects of living in a "simpler time" to create unique, beautiful styles. By creating a style that seeks to live in harmony with nature, cottage core often looks for sustainable and recycled pieces to create its signature look.
How To Create A Cottage Core Style
Whether you are brand new to cottage core or have already started to embrace this rural fantasy, it is always possible to find new inspiration for this style. Cottage core is unique among other styles and aesthetics because it can be done on a tight budget. While other aesthetics can require large budgets to get the perfect look, cottage core can be done on minimal budgets. It is even possible to create the look with existing décor items you may have.
Color Palettes And Themes
To create the cottage core look, you will want to stick with muted colors. Pale or muted greens, yellows, warm whites, and vintage floral or check prints will all help you achieve the cottage core aesthetic. This is an aesthetic that aims to be comfortable and cozy and has often been compared to a "grandma's house" aesthetic. Farm animals, plants, and flowers will all help push your room closer to a cottage core look. While plants are a popular recurring theme in many cottage core rooms, growing and caring for plants and flowers isn't for everyone. If you are the type of person who struggles to keep their plants alive, artificial vines can help you achieve the look without the extra stress. Forest tapestries are also a great, low maintenance way to achieve an association with nature and natural beauty. Flower string lights will help elevate your room and take your cottage core style to the next level.
When converting a room to cottage core, you want to be sure you have warm, soft lighting in the space. Candles, lamps, and string lights are all ideal choices for your space, as you will be able to avoid harsh, overhead lighting. Lace curtains, soft throw pillows, and warm blankets will give your room the soft, lush textures you expect from a cozy cottage core space. Fresh flowers or scented candles can help transport you to rural living without leaving your home.
Cottage core can be achieved even if you are unable to make massive changes to your room or space. If you do not want to add vines, plants, or other décor items to your room, you can achieve the cottage core style with vignettes. This décor concept pairs items together to create a display on a table or shelf. These vignettes can be created from anything related to the cottage core style, including mushroom figures, candles, and pictures.
Thrift Store Finds
Because of its connection to nature and environmentally friendly living, cottage core is best achieved with old and repurposed items, rather than brand new pieces. Thrift store finds, DIY creations, and recycled items are all helpful in creating a cottage core room. Creating a terrarium in an old mason jar or hanging frames you found at the local thrift store can all help you get the perfect look.
Whether you go for big, sweeping changes in your space or small additions, there is no wrong way to create a cottage core style. Be sure to browse our selection of antique replicas to help you create the perfect cottage core style. At Laurel Crown, our commitment to the highest quality materials and impeccable craftsmanship ensures each piece we produce offers a distinctive twist on traditional construction. We deliver stunning antiques and decorative reproductions for your living room, dining room, bedroom, home office, and virtually any room in your home. If you have any questions about creating a cottage core space or our custom furniture services, please contact a member of our team today for further assistance.
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