Embrace the cottagecore aesthetic by bringing the outdoors inside with these 5 tips

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  • Research has found spending time with nature can benefit our health and wellbeing.  
  • So as we continue longing to go back to basics, many still gravitate toward the cottagecore aesthetic that romanticises the rural life.  
  • Here are five home décor tips that will help you bring the outdoors indoors.

Bringing the beauty of the outdoors home has been an intuitive step for many during the lockdowns. As we continue to seek comfort and certainty, the longing to go back to basics sees many still gravitate to the cottagecore aesthetic.

We want peace, tranquillity and freshness – nothing encompasses that more than cottagecore. We yearn for homes that feel homey – whether it be a whiff of freshly baked goods or inviting spaces – we wish for air that is clean, water that is fresh and may crave moments of grounding by frolicking about barefoot.  

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As we find ourselves between the rock and hard place that is the city life, there are ways we can bring some of these elements inside our homes. Research has proven that spending time in nature can benefit our health and wellbeing. So, while we need to commit to taking more walks to celebrate the beauty of the outdoors, one thing we can do to reconnect and bring nature back into our lives is include elements of it in our homes - the place where we spend the most of our time.

Here are five simple design tips to bring the beauty of the outdoors home:

1. House plants

Refresh your space and brighten your mood by incorporating house plants into your interior. Exposing yourself to colour early in the morning can lift your spirits and have a positive effect on your mood for the rest of the day.

You can take your indoor gardening a step further by assembling a propagation station – it’s as fun having one as it is saying it. All you need is bright light, water, a glass jar and leaf cutting. This way you will grow your plant family and build an indoor jungle you can call your own.

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If you’ve tried your hand at indoor gardening and your green fingers haven’t come in, explore dried foliage like eucalyptus and pampas grass or play around with faux botanicals such as faux orchids, hydrangeas and proteas. These could be the perfect solution for busy households, as they require little upkeep and maintenance, plus they are also water-wise.

2. Natural fibres

Natural fibres with different textures and designs, such as rattan and wicker, have been making a comeback in furniture and décor accessories and add texture and style to any space with ease.

Rattan furniture is a popular choice because of its lightweight and natural look and makes it the perfect solution for outdoor and patio chairs. Rattan baskets are both functional and beautiful and there is no easier way to declutter any room or living space, than to add a versatile, lightweight handwoven basket.

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3. Floral prints

Incorporating florals into your décor scheme is an easy way to celebrate nature. One of the simplest ways is to include florals into your bedroom is by updating your linen with a bold botanical duvet cover or pretty quilt.  

Upholstering a piece of furniture in your favourite floral pattern is also a great way to create a feature piece in the room. Use vibrant and colourful floral scatters and introduce framed prints of aspirational images with natural elements to celebrate the beauty of the natural world. You can take this further by incorporating wallpaper or floral tea towels as accents to your space.

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4. Natural wood

Natural wood furniture and accessories will help bring the outside in such as a pedestal, console table, bookshelf, simple stools and mirrors.


5. Sustainable fabrics

Always choose sustainable materials when it comes to your linen, blankets and towels. Cotton is a pure, natural and breathable material and you will feel closer to nature using it - the planet will thank you too.

It’s a time for renewed energy, restored hope and positivity so ensure that you create a refined and relaxing home that represents a clear connection with the world around you - so let's get decorating.

Additional information by Biggie Best/Frontpage Communications

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