Why Cottagecore Design Is a Must-Try Style for Spring

Cottage inspired living room with white chaise sofas.

Jennifer Hunter Design

Every spring, thanks to our major urge to clean and start fresh, we often seek a style overhaul. And with its wildflowers and pastels, it should come as no surprise that there's one aesthetic we have on the brain right now. That's right: cottagecore’s moment is continuing to thrive in the design world.

“Cottagecore can be described as a movement that evokes an idealized vision of nature and country life,” interior designer Jennifer Hunter explains.

We turned to Hunter and other experts to ask what it is about cottagecore that feels so everlasting and the elements of the style that are a must-have this spring season.

Meet the Expert

  • Jennifer Hunter is the founder of Jennifer Hunter Design, a boutique residential interior design firm based in New York City.
  • Libs Lewis is the founder of the UK-based home goods brand, Domestic Science.
  • Eli Manekin is the founder of Loop Living, a virtual indoor plant oasis.
  • 01 of 07

    Look to the English Countryside

    Cottage-style dresser with mismatched art on the wall above it.

    Libs Lewis

    While cottagecore celebrates rural living as a whole, a lot of its main style points come specifically from the English countryside.

    “Aesthetically, it embraces the English countryside style with floral themes and decorative textiles,” Libs Lewis of Domestic Science explains. “Romantic and nostalgic, it is all about making your space a cozy home.”

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    Yes, Greenery is Required

    Cozy cottage-style living room with large floral arrangement on table.

    Jennifer Hunter Design

    If your green thumb needs work, embracing cottagecore is the perfect excuse to practice.

    “Cottagecore is all about taking a step back from our bustling lives, slowing down, and feeling nostalgia for simpler times,” Eli Manekin of Loop Living shares with us. “Growing houseplants has a very similar effect, demanding us to be present and connect with nature on a daily basis, so it's only natural that these would go hand in hand.

    Manekin notes that outdoor gardens are all the rage on Pinterest and Tiktok when it comes to cottagecore design, but houseplants can definitely play a role in defining your space as well.

    Cottagecore is all about taking a step back from our bustling lives, slowing down, and feeling nostalgia for simpler times.

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    Bring Nature Inside Any Way You Can

    Bathroom with blue beadboard and floral wallpaper.

    Jennifer Hunter Design

    Plants aside, natural elements are key to cottagecore. Hunter notes that floral prints are key as well along with greenery. “Think natural materials, lots of florals, and vintage furniture,” she says.

    If you’re worried that too many floral patterns will veer you straight into granny territory, don’t be alarmed. You can maintain a modern aesthetic when selecting florals by choosing lighter, crisper prints, according to Hunter, so the patterns feel fresh and non-fussy.

    “It’s all about bringing the outdoors in, so nature-inspired wallpaper and curtains are a must,” Lewis agrees. “Vintage trinkets and a rustic farmhouse dining table will create a rural vibe to your space, while checked lampshades and frill cushions will add comfort and style.

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    Maximalism Doesn't Mean Stuff Everywhere

    Bathroom with vintage thermometers hung on wall.

    Libs Lewis

    It’s easy to confuse maximalism with overconsumption, but this goes against everything cottagecore is about. Instead, look toward natural elements to create a maximalist, cottagecore-friendly vibe.

    “Since cottagecore has a bit of a maximalist aesthetic to it that reads tastefully cluttered, I love trailing vines for this aesthetic,” Manekin suggests. “Other plants that would work well are flowering house plants like peace lilies and Christmas cactuses, as these feel more like an indoor garden."

    Unlike certain decor styles, cottagecore is pretty forgiving, so remember to have fun with it.

    “It's fine for a room to be a bit cluttered and eclectic, so I wouldn't overthink too much," Manekin continues. "Utilize window sills, ceilings, and walls, and choose plants that would look good in a garden. You can also use vintage vessels for your plants, just make sure they have proper drainage.”

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    Play with Color

    Large dining room with blue window trim and bright floral shades.

    Jennifer Hunter Design

    When it comes to your cottagecore palette, look toward the great outdoors. An ideal color palette for cottagecore is one that evokes nature—think sage, sky, marigold, and blush, according to Hunter.

    Manekin agrees, noting that certain plants and flowers are the perfect way to bring color into your cottagecore space.

    “If you're up for a challenge, I'd recommend orchids," she says. "They might be harder to care for, but they are the most spring-vibe houseplant there is."

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    Start in the Kitchen

    A small white kitchen with a slanted ceiling and a range hood that's been shaped to match

    Milk and Honey Life

    If you’re not sure which room is best for exploring your inner cottagecore enthusiast, Hunter suggests the kitchen.

    “My favorite space to incorporate cottagecore is a kitchen through the use of reclaimed beams, handmade tiles, and even a mini herb garden,” she says.

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  • 07 of 07

    Keep Sustainability In Mind

    Cottage bedroom with rustic side table.

    Libs Lewis

    Best of all, if done well, cottagecore can be achieved in a very environmentally friendly way.

    "Cottage-core tends to favor natural and sustainable decor, so raw materials such as rattan, jute, or wood work well," Lewis notes. "Fresh or dried flowers will finish the look.”

    As people are always trying to get cozy at home, cottagecore style can help achieve just that feeling.

    “The cottagecore aesthetic brings a comforting sense of nostalgia to your space,” Lewis says. “I see it evolving to incorporate more vintage homewares and handcrafted elements that are more sustainable and kind to the planet.”