Bedrooms

5 reasons why... the cottagecore bedroom is the spring trend we're predicting will last and last

You'll be inspired to create the ultimate cozy space

Cottagecore bedrooms
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Nothing says cozy like a cottagecore bedroom, which is why we're predicting this trend will outlast our post-pandemic need for comfort in 2021. Cottagecore bedrooms have more to them than just coziness, though – they are incredibly pretty and their color schemes are perfect for creating soothing sanctuaries that aid rest.

But we won't give away all the reasons why we think cottagecore bedrooms have got longevity – keep scrolling to discover the keys to this homey look, and how to copy it.

Find more inspiration in our cottage decorating ideas picture gallery.  

1. Coziness is key – but visual tricks help

Cottagecore bedrooms

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Do you only have a small bedroom to work with? No problem. The great thing about the cottagecore trend is that it's perfect for snug spaces. 

No matter how small your nook, simply add in some cozy mood lighting and lots of linens in earthy tones and you've hit the perfect note. Getting a bed made bespoke by a carpenter to fit a quirky alcove will make an adorable feature – just ensure you make space beneath it for useful, disguised storage.

Here, the panelling of the bed frame echoes that of the panelling on the wall – the lines rising vertically create a neat visual trick of making the room look taller than it is.

2. They hit the trend for nostalgic prints

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There is a definite shift towards using reinvented classics, such as country florals in our schemes in 2021, and cottagecore bedrooms are the perfect spaces to take advantage of this.

Whether wall-to-wall or introduced through textiles, ‘using florals in your scheme will give you that quintessential cottage look,’ says Susie Watson, founder of the eponymous homes brand, and we couldn’t agree more; romantic florals inspired by the English country garden are a mainstay of cottagecore style. 

'A more contemporary take would be to use pretty floral patterns but in muted shades and to not confine them just to the textiles,' she says.

3. You can have a bed fit for a prince(ss) 

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No cottagecore bedroom is complete without a vintage-inspired bed, so it's a chance to really indulge in something special. 

From wrought-iron dormitory-style and lavish four-posters to carved French wooden designs and headboards upholstered with romantic florals, a statement bed will bring that all-important focal point. 

For the ultimate romantic space you could even introduce a coronet (see below) – this is a great chance to add more layers, accent colors and patterns to your cottagecore bedroom, too.

See: How to mix patterns in a room – an interior design masterclass

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4. More is more

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Is minimalism not your thing? Do you just love pretty things and struggle to curb the clutter? In cottagecore bedrooms there’s no need to hold back on the throws, cushions and frills. 

In fact, piling up the pillows and layering up linens in vintage-inspired fabrics is key to creating that quirky cottagecore bedroom. Mixing and matching plenty of frill-trimmed cushions with gingham linens and embroidered padded quilts, all from Projektityyny, is guaranteed to bring chocolate-box charm. 

See: Frills and ruffles are the latest interiors trend for 2021 – and we're on board

5. Cottagecore bedrooms are brimming with characterful features

Cottagecore bedrooms

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Cottagecore bedrooms are all about celebrating those rustic and weathered surfaces, because who needs a feature wall when you have a room with beautiful original features? 

‘Whether it’s exposed stone walls or beautifully worn wooden floorboards, preserving the period features that give cottages their unique charm is key to creating that cottagecore bedroom,’ says Melanie Griffiths, editor of H&G's sister title, Period Living magazine. 

After all, there's something quite magical about relaxing in the eaves gazing up at rustic beams. To make these features really shine, it’s worth considering a muted palette as Amber, Home Designer at Neptune Bath explains. 

‘As spring is on the way, natural colors like pinks and greens, complement the light and contrast harmoniously against darker greys. Alternatively, an all-white look can go a long way in lifting the room to create a lighter space – our Grace scatter cushions (above) are perfect for adding a little texture.’

Pippa Blenkinsop
Pippa Blenkinsop

Lover of all things vintage, floral and country, Pippa has been working in interiors media for 10 years. A graduate of Art History, and Style Editor for Period Living magazine, she is a nostalgic soul who is passionate about historic architecture and traditional craftsmanship. When she's writing about homes and gardens you'll find her pottering on her gloucestershire allotment, Pippa's Plot, where she grows flowers for styling her own home and interiors shoots.