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How to Design a Cottage Core Home

The romantic, nature-oriented style of cottage core is taking over the design world, and you don’t want to miss this trend. The lifestyle of cottage core is at the heart of this home-design style and incorporates characteristics of personal freedom, self-reliance, and simplicity. This style is infused with spirit and character as it blends comfortable furniture, refreshing colors, and elements of nature. Cottage core design can transform any room in your home into a cozy, inviting space where everyone will want to spend time. This style can be easily achieved on a budget, making it one of our favorite DIY projects. We have compiled a list of our favorite cottage core elements for you to integrate into your home. Don’t forget to tag us with the hashtag #finishedinspirations on social media and show off your designs!

Shiplap Walls

Shiplap has made a splash across various design trends. Its versatility makes it the perfect match for any home. You can utilize pre-painted shiplap walls to give your room that rustic feel that is central to any cottage core home. Shiplap walls look great in neutral tones and pair well with wide plank wood floors to nail down the simplistic and timeless cottage core vibe.


We love the coziness of a good built-in alcove. The options for built-ins are endless. You can create a bookcase, reading nook, wine shelving, or storage cabinets. Built-ins are great for both the aesthetics and functionality of your home as they look cozy and sophisticated while maximizing storage space. Plus, the natural materials give off an inviting vibe. 

Trim & Moulding

Trim has the ability to elevate any room in your house. Purchasing pre-painted trim will save you time, money, and effort and is a component you can customize to your liking. You can also incorporate custom build-ups to enhance the antiquated, humble mood of your space. Build-ups look especially picturesque when paired with a patterned, vintage wallpaper or a fun color to balance out the neutrals. Another option is utilizing moulding around a doorway or window. Window trim has the ability to give your space more natural lighting and can accentuate the traditional aesthetic of cottage core.

Coffered Ceilings

Another feature we absolutely love in a cottage core themed house is a coffered ceiling. Coffered ceilings can be done in a variety of design patterns with a variety of materials. Contrasting tones look stunning when done with stained wood and pre-painted trim, as pictured here. Again, the use of natural wood materials contributes to the cottage core, fairy tale vibe. You can stick with a traditional pattern or opt for a criss-cross design to give your space extra character.