What exactly is Cottagecore?

Lockdown pastimes

I don’t know about you, but I’ve felt pretty trapped and stifled during the recent lockdowns. There’s been nowhere to go, no friends to see, no parties, gigs or festivals.  It’s all been a bit uninspiring.

But at least we’ve been able to take on projects like organising the house, sorting out the clutter, fixing that cupboard that never shuts properly, redecorating tired and shabby rooms, and expressing ourselves through interior design. As William Morris said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

Last year, I read that many new hobbies had developed during the pandemic. While stuck at home, people had been switching off the telly and learning languages, baking cakes and taking up yoga, gardening, decorating and interior design.
Of course, it’s the interior design and décor that make me tick! I find huge solace in having a beautiful home. So, what are the trends for 2021 and what inspiration can we derive from them?

Cottagecore

In an article by Jennifer Ebert, published last month in Homes and Gardens magazine, I noted that there was a definite rustic theme pervading interior design. Warm terracotta colours, bare wooden floors, exposed beams and open fireplaces really caught my eye. “Due to the events of 2020,” said Instagram blogger Paula Sutton of Hill House Vintage, “I think that cottagecore, nostalgia and the need for comfort are all here to stay.”
The rustic theme included rooms with house plants, wooden dining tables, panelled walls and pretty floral cushions and tablecloths. However, Paula Sutton thinks that touches of glamour can be added to this simplistic look to make the aesthetic more striking and luxurious: “Elegant vintage style barware, gilded cutlery and statement gold accessories are all ways to get the look whilst staying on budget, and touches of British quirk will keep the look feeling grounded.”
Country Living magazine also believe that cottagecore will be a huge décor trend this year. So, what is cottagecore exactly? Well, it’s a style that began on social media, and words like ‘countrified’, ‘homely’ and ‘wholesome’ come to mind. Think Beatrix Potter cottages and quaint, English villages!
Country Living suggest using dried flowers and a few dark green walls to put us back in touch with nature. As we’ve been spending so much time indoors recently, we can appreciate why making our homes more natural is a good thing; we need to bring the outdoors inside!

Roof windows and leafy plants…

Lisa Walden recently interviewed Gian-Carlo Grossi, the MD at Roofing Megastore, for Country Living magazine. Grossi said, “It’s easy to see why cottagecore and some of the other styles that connect us to the outside world and nature are increasing in popularity – roof windows can dramatically improve an inside space by making it feel lighter and more spacious, and with the country now in a second lockdown, a little light at the end of the tunnel is something we could all probably do with.”
Wooden floors, antique mirrors (to reflect the light), roof windows (to add more light), dark green walls, macrame wall hangings, leafy plants and copper taps all seem to be in this year.

Bathroom meets living room

Real Homes magazine believe that mixing vintage with modern components can produce a distinctive and individual look, and they’ve gone for big, copper-framed mirrors in ultra-modern bathrooms. The experts at Victoria Plumb say, “This look is more eclectic, more bathroom meets… living room. Hang ornate mirrors, add in vintage chairs, pick bold colours! We love the mix of the statement contemporary freestanding bath with the more vintagey elements…”
Real Homes also find natural textures, cane furniture, wall panelling and dried flowers to be highly appealing this year. The more natural, comforting and characterful the better!

Bathroom meets living room

Real Homes magazine believe that mixing vintage with modern components can produce a distinctive and individual look, and they’ve gone for big, copper-framed mirrors in ultra-modern bathrooms. The experts at Victoria Plumb say, “This look is more eclectic, more bathroom meets… living room. Hang ornate mirrors, add in vintage chairs, pick bold colours! We love the mix of the statement contemporary freestanding bath with the more vintagey elements…”
Real Homes also find natural textures, cane furniture, wall panelling and dried flowers to be highly appealing this year. The more natural, comforting and characterful the better!

Get comfortable

Finally, supporting this view, Hayley Maitland, writing for Vogue last month, said, “The most notable interior design trend in 2021? An obsession with comfort. After a year of lockdown, our fantasy homes are defined by warmth, cosiness and a distinct sense of personality.” She agrees that vintage furniture is the way forward, along with earthy tones and bold colours like cobalt and emerald. She advocates a cosy feel with mood lighting, quilts, ornaments and knick-knacks, statement cushions, flowers and candles. Softness and cosiness rule, but with a hint of bohemia!

We do cottagecore!

Well, when it comes to softness, cosiness, natural textures and quirkiness, we can help! At Baa Stool, we have a myriad of delectable products to help you achieve this effect. From our signature sheepskin stools and chairs, to our bed runners, statement cushions and luxurious rugs, we have everything you need to add texture, warmth and creativity to your cottagecore home. And these products come in an array of colours including greens, dark blues and more natural hues.
Cottagecore, here we come!

If you’re going for a cottagecore look this year, why not send us some photos of your interior design? We’d love to see them.

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