Why don’t you sit down and have a cup of tea? If you’ve ever dreamed of living on a 19th-century farmstead or in a thatched-roof English cottage, then you are guaranteed to love cottagecore, the design style where farmhouse-meets-British-cottage.
📷 Lisa Bonanno
Summer is fast approaching, and – from workspaces to pet-friendly finishes – you’ll almost certainly have found yourself stuck with a design project. The safest and most dominant design choice this year will be cottagecore, as this movement is all about slowing down, sustainable living, and connecting with nature.
Handcrafted furniture from wood and wicker is a hallmark of the look, alongside a range of vintage fabrics, room dividers, and iconic ceiling lighting.
If you choose to dive into this scheme for summer, DecorMatters’ collaborative platform can help with inspiration, conception, and visualization. After reading these tips, it is time to jump on the app and get designing.
Wild About Chairs and Tables
What’s the classic cottagecore design layout that comes to mind? For the kitchen, think oak spindle-backed dining chairs around a wooden-topped table with bright pink or turquoise-painted legs. Looking at the aesthetic, you’ll find a common denominator – chairs are often the focal point of these whimsical rooms celebrating simple living.
📷 Ashley Knie
On knowing this, try to be more extravagant and choose distinct, creative chair designs. For example, invest in a sturdy wicker chair with traditional Malawian weaving techniques. The natural bamboo frame wrapped with wicker reeds is delicate and a perfect addition to a living room. Alternatively, opt for a jute flower chair – a pretty petal seat perched on hairpin legs. The gorgeous silhouette and warm, neutral colors are truly irresistible and welcoming after a tough day's work.
Distressed red elmwood chairs are also trending, especially when paired with raw wood and white backdrops. The look would take on a whole new level of rustic if paired with an Emilio Mosaic Dining Table – it is bold and unapologetically eye-catching. Don’t forget that industrial pendant lights hovered over a round breakfast table or a kitchen island pop against all-white cabinetry and marble tiles.
Crazy for Carpets and Ottomans
The bigger, the better with carpets – you’ll need an all-encompassing gray or off-white carpet with geometric patterns to envelop a room and create a cocoon of warmth. Persian handmade stonewash vintage carpets are sought-after rugs too. The natural colors are faded out to give these semi-antique carpets an extra unique look.
📷 Jessica Nicole
Picture these carpets sprinkled with poufs – the mix of textures is a visual trick that creates the illusion of more depth and openness in a room. Faux leather ottomans also ooze comfort and warmth, and the neutral color means they match with a range of bold furniture items.
Team this whole setup with a vintage coffee table, with a wooden top and black metal legs, along with natural rattan baskets peppered around a room, and you’ve got yourself a winner. Plus, driftwood or wooden globe chandeliers would really complete the look.
Rooting for Room Dividers
Room divider screens made of rattan or carved wood are versatile pieces that will instantly transform a room – you have the flexibility to go for a dark stained or bleach finish depending on your room’s aesthetics.
A pegboard room divider offers the privacy of traditional design along with the storage capacity of shelving units. You can hang bags, books, trinkets, and cove hanging planters to add a little greenery and improve the overall air quality of the space.
📷 Michelle Moskalenko
Sliding barn doors are a popular design choice in country-style decorating schemes too. Mounted on runners, the rustic statement screens can be drawn across or opened up for entertaining. Recycled wooden palettes can also separate rooms in original ways. For example, a cozy bathroom enclave can be custom-made to link with your bedroom closely.
Farmhouse decor embraces anything and everything cozy and nostalgic for an effortlessly timeless and homey look. Focus on unique, natural chair designs, pair carpets with other homey items, and create cozy spaces with innovative room dividers. And don’t forget the light fixtures!
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