Rustic reboot: How to give your home a cosy cottagecore revamp

It’s the lifestyle trend that’s helped get us through 2020 – and had us drooling over wicker baskets and Agas. Interiors editor Nicole Gray shows how to give our homes a cosy ‘cottagecore’ revamp.

Home-made bread fresh out of the oven, roaring log fires… images of cosy country living are having a moment everywhere, from Instagram to Pinterest. And that moment is ‘cottagecore’ – this year’s biggest lifestyle trend.

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For a country kick, natural materials are key, such as these kitchen cupboards made from recycled oak. For similar, try retrouvius.com. Vintage ceramics, mismatched artwork and a vase of flowers also up the cottage vibe. Image: Lisa Cohen

Cottagecore – a sort of hardcore cottage feel, hence the name – is all about rediscovering simple home comforts that make you feel cosy – so, unsurprisingly, it became a big hit during lockdown. Searches for cottagecore on Google are up by 5,950 per cent since March, while on TikTok the look has racked up over four billion views.

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To keep the look charming but not messy, turn practical items such as woven baskets into displays and showcase utensils and memorabilia on open shelves. For similar baskets, try yonderliving.com. Image: Laura Chancey/Humble Pie

The beauty of cottagecore is that it can be easily achieved in an interiors scheme through the use of natural materials such as wood, linen and wool, plus a mix of modern and antique furniture.

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A muted palette and natural waxed timber furniture create a warm, nurturing effect. Earthy hues add a sense of charm and history to a space and work well when paired with printed cushion covers and wallpaper. For similar checked armchairs, try vinterior.co. Image: Michael Sinclair/House and Garden/The Conde Nast Publications LTD

Floral prints are key, too. Think less chintz, however, and more subtle and charming – display that mismatched china and repurpose ottomans as coffee tables piled high with your favourite books. It’s about creating a lived-in feel and embracing all elements of country life – even muddy wellies!

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Create a cocooning effect with throws, cushions and upholstery in natural fabrics and traditional patterns. Add punchier prints such as florals with accessories, staying away from full-blown chintz to keep the look fresh. Image: Lisa Cohen

Whether or not you live in or plan on moving to the countryside (Rightmove has seen a huge surge in interest in rural properties over the past few months) here are some ideas to get you started…

Shop the cottagecore look

Velvet wool throw, £78, nordicnest.com

Rug (152cm x 244cm), £449, westelm.co.uk

Basket, £68, conranshop.co.uk

Bath, £2,299, coppersmithcreations.co.uk

Table lamp, £165, pooky.com

Hot-water bottle with lavender sachet, £45, chilcottuk.com


Walnut bench, £779, olsonbaker.com

Amber, tobacco and fig candle, £36, dorandtan.com

Chest of drawers, £899, hicksandhicks.com

Wood-burning stove, from £1,550, chesneys.co.uk

Cane chair, £798, anthropologie.com