How to Achieve the Cottagecore and English Garden Look

How to Achieve the Cottagecore and English Garden Look

In a poll this time last year, there was an increase in searches for Cottagecore by 1075%, which is certainly a lot. So, here at FG Headquarters, we thought we had best investigate how to bring it into our homes as we would hate to be behind on the trends.


The idea behind this particular trend is to evoke simpler and comforting times, with a more cosy and country aesthetic referencing William Morris-esque patterns, floral wallpaper and a maximalist’s approach to interiors. This trend is created by a few things; fresh floral prints, botanical accents and vintage-inspired decor, and it would seem that a key part of this look is the resurgence of some classic Liberty prints and bringing them into the home.


Fabric plays an important part in a number of ways too by bringing ginghams, florals, cottons and maybe even some velvets all together to create an inviting and warm home. It is very simple to use Cottagecore and English garden themes in the home with a few clever fabric choices. Below are some of our favourite ways to incorporate this trend into the different parts of the home.  


Yellow and Grey Liberty Tana Lawn    Liberty Tana Lawn Seasonal Meadow Cottagecore

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Bed linen


Can you imagine how delicious getting into a bed with Liberty Tana Lawn™ pillowcases would be, the luxury would be frankly too much. But, beautiful pillowcases aren’t the only idea for injecting some Cottagecore into the home with Liberty. The prints are just so darn pretty and using Dawn Dream, Meadow or Blues Peacock, for example, to create luxury bed linen is ideal for this trend.



Liberty Tana Cotton Lawn Caesar Blues Cottagecore


Scatter cushions


From delving into the world of Cottagecore a bit more, this aesthetic is also about mixing up prints and creating comfort. So, scatter cushions are the ideal way of getting on board with this trend, especially when you add in a large frill. If you have already made some Liberty pillowcases, maybe mix in some gingham cushions to clash and create a very comfy looking bed.



Small Gingham blue cottagecore    Small Gingham Red and White Cottagecore




We can’t write about this trend without mentioning William Morris who along with Liberty is a cornerstone of the prints used to create the ‘modern cottage’ look. At Fabrics Galore, we have some great furnishing prints, like William Cotton Panama and Art Deco Railings, which have the same look and would make great curtains, or even a headboard, to nod to this trend.



William Morris cottage core    Art deco cottagecore blue


Floaty dresses


This trend is not strictly just a furnishing trend and it’s actually more of a lifestyle. So, bringing Cottagecore into your home also includes dressmaking, mostly very sweet floaty dresses with some shirring or maybe puffed sleeves. Dresses made with Ditsy Floral fabrics are perfect for picnics or walks in the park.



Ditsy Floral Knots cottagecore    Florals cottagecore


Cooking aprons


Due to the links to home baking and also lockdown, where let’s be honest eating became one of the few things we could still enjoy, this trend also got us thinking about aprons. Our new furnishing ginghams popped into our heads because they are such a perfect combination. Although, a red gingham also brings to mind a traditional picnic blanket too.



Home furnishing red gingham cottagecore    Furnishing pink gingham fabric cottagecore


Having a Cottagecore Christmas in 2021


Now we are aware that it is only August and to bring this up now may upset people but, for some now is the time to start getting organised. Christmas does tie in rather well with Cottagecore and it was set to be the BIG trend of Christmas 2020, however, then it got slightly cancelled. So, we have a funny feeling that it will be coming back around.


The Christmas Cottagecore seemed to be centred around cute illustrations inspired by nature in a very whimsical way such as toadstools, bees and even the occasional squirrel. Although our Christmas fabric collection is still coming in, we do have some toadstool inspired prints that may help you create the mood now, if you are big into planning.


Prints like those on the Toadstool Walk fabric and the Mini Mushroom fabric, would work especially well because of the hints of red, making them perfect for mixing into your Christmas makes this year.



Cath Kidston Mini Mushrooms cottagecore    Grey toadstool walk cottagecore


Do you want to buy Cottagecore and English garden theme fabrics?


At Fabrics Galore we have an abundance of beautiful fabrics that can help you to bring this trend into your home, whether you’re looking for furnishing and upholstery fabrics or dressmaking fabrics. Please feel free to explore our website to find the perfect patterns and prints for your home so that you can create the warm and inviting feel of this trend.


Should you have any questions at all regarding our floral fabrics or gingham fabrics, don’t hesitate to contact us today. A member of our friendly team at Fabrics Galore will gladly provide you with any advice and guidance that you may need.

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