If there’s one decor trend that seems wholly appropriate for the winter months, it’s “cottagecore.” Nailing cottagecore decor in your home is all about embracing the comfort and coziness of rustic, handmade designs that harken back to a slower way of living.
“It’s countryside living viewed through rose-colored spectacles and evokes the feeling of a simple life with home-baked bread, herb gardens, and freshly made lemonade,” says Jen Stark, home improvement expert and founder of Happy DIY Home.
Since many consider the kitchen the heart of the home, it’s one of the best places to live out your cottagecore fantasy. The best part? The stakes are low for achieving this aesthetic as many cottage-inspired looks cost next to nothing and can even be done by yourself if you’re the crafty type.
Here are five of our favorite decor ideas from Instagram at the moment. Keep reading to learn how you can re-create these cozy vibes in your own kitchen.
1. Lantern pendants
Nothing says “cottage in the woods” quite like these lantern-style pendants seen in a post by @our1880farmhouse.
“These oversize lantern pendants play an important role in defining the look and style of a kitchen—a look that’s warm, cozy, and charming,” says designer Susan Serra. “These pendants serve as a focal point that so many homeowners want right now.”
Get the look: Create a cottagecore focal point in your kitchen with a few of these lanterns.
2. Cozy window nook
A window nook in the kitchen is the perfect place to unwind with your current read or knitting project, especially if that nook is conveniently located next to the coffee pot. We’re inspired by this kitchen-side nook posted by @thosehomeideas.
“Comfort is the key component of cottage style,” says designer Devin Shaffer, of Decorilla, who says she’s seen cozy nooks like the one above popping up in homes of all ages—from recently remodeled homes to new builds.
Get the look: Follow this DIY guide to create your very own built-in window nook.
Another key aspect of cottagecore is using a variety of textures in your kitchen. These woven leather bar stools, seen in a post from @laurenbradshawdesign, accomplish all of that and more.
“Leather is always in style, but woven leather bar stools are perfect for a cottage look,” says Serra. “The texture of both the leather itself—especially when it gets a patina—and the woven pattern being visually soft and cozy, creates a look of comfort.”
Get the look: Incorporate some cottage-inspired seating into your kitchen with these woven leather bar stools.
4. Double-basin farmhouse sink
No cottage kitchen would be complete without a classic farmhouse sink, but this double-basin one from @devolkitchens adds an extra element of functionality.
“Farmhouse sinks are the quintessential cozy cottage look,” says Serra. “The double-basin farmhouse sink is super functional, especially if it’s a wide sink. The farmhouse sink, a style [that’s] centuries old, has been newly discovered for its practicality and charm.”
Get the look: Say yes to old-world charm and modern convenience with this double-basin farmhouse sink.
5. Woven hanging basket
One easy and affordable DIY project that will add a touch of cottagecore to a corner of your kitchen is this hanging basket featured by @arteperpiacere.
“What could be more ‘cozy cottage’ than using baskets made of natural materials with the added benefit of keeping countertops less cluttered?” asks Serra.
Get the look: Follow this tutorial to create your own woven hanging basket.