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Best Cottage Core Decor Ideas for a Home Office

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Designing a room with the cottage core home aesthetic is a charming way to infuse appeal into your home. While it is common for bedrooms, dining rooms and even kitchens to embody this design style, it is more rare to see it in utilitarian spaces like an office. However, I’ve rounded up some practical ways to infuse cottage core decor into this home office makeover!

Cottage core decor in a home office.

Before we dive deep, let’s look at high level elements to utilize for cottage core decor.

  1. Flora and fauna themed wallpapers, fabrics and patterns
  2. Highly textured items like woven baskets and chunky knits
  3. Natural items like wood bowls or wooden frames
  4. Antiques
  5. Books
  6. Plants and botanicals

What Is Cottage Core Decor?

Now let’s get into the details by defining what cottage core decor is.

Office desk with plants and books.

Cottage core is a maximalist design style that focuses on creating an intentionally slow paced life full of beautiful and useful items. Florals, warm wood tones, heavy textures, and vintage elements all work together to design an atmosphere of sophisticated peace and simple living.

While there are common design elements that take center stage, like colorful florals and woven baskets, it is more a mentality of using “the good stuff” for everyday life. It harkens back to more traditional times of growing your own food and making your own clothes.

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For example, a basket isn’t just for decor; it holds the harvest from the garden, cradles the yarn for your next blanket or stores potatoes for the winter.

Similarly, the good china isn’t kept for special occasions. It’s pulled out daily to be enjoyed without restriction. Cottage core is more a way of life than a decorating style.

Spring cottage decor in a kitchen.

With that said, there are plenty of elements of design to be considered for a home office! So let’s dive in.

Designing a Home Office with Cottage Core Decor

My home office is a spare bedroom with just enough room for a desk and some storage for my blogging equipment. The perfect place to decorate with cottage core decor that I love!

Office before makeover.

This tiny room started drab and dingy with original 70s orange shag carpet. I transformed it to the cottage core home office of my dreams. See how I accomplished this makeover for $0 here!

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Cottage Core Wallpaper

One of the biggest elements of cottage core decor is wallpaper.

Office with cottage core wallpaper.

Rather than simply use one type of wallpaper, I mixed two patterns. The lower 1/3 of the room is a subtle thin stripe from Sandberg wallpaper, called Alfred Sand.

The top 2/3 of the room is a whimsical floral vine from Sandberg wallpaper, called Elmire Spring Green.

Office with floral wallpaper.

They bring a feminine and masculine component when paired together to balance out the room.

Vintage Accessories

Beyond the wallpaper, which is overtly cottage core style, it is easy to bring in vintage accessories to match the theme.

How to Use Vintage Decor

Vintage decor is perfect for a cottage core style home office. It adds loads of character and charm with many unique elements.

My favorite way to bring cottage core decor into a room is with antiques.

Antiques in an office.

Some of the easiest vintage pieces to use in a home office are:

  • Wood bowls: Use small bowls to corral paper clips, business cards, thumb drives or other small items you need to be easily accessible.
  • Books: My office contains design books from across the decades. However, the brilliant thing about antique books is that you can find books on every topic. Dive deep and find some interesting books that relate to your interests to use as practical decor.
  • Picture frames: Snag affordable picture frames for family photos in the office.
  • Artwork: Vintage artwork is a staple for cottage core decor. Whether you love oils, watercolor, sketches or charcoals, adding vintage artwork is the perfect way to decorate a home office.
  • Baskets: In my office I’m using baskets to corral paperwork, as a waste can, and as wall decor. Baskets are arguably one of the most versatile pieces to add. Plus, their woven texture adds great detail to the space.
  • Coat or wall rack: Even if your home office isn’t going to be seeing any visitors, adding a coat rack is a great way to decorate a corner. I use mine for blankets, fabrics I’m considering for a room, or even just to hang a bundle of dried lavender from the garden.
  • Cottage core decor accessories: Use interesting cottage core decor like my wood and brass swan, handmade candle holder, or pressed flowers. This is where you can really get creative to use items that make you smile. Vintage scissors, spectacles or even ink wells and pens all add vintage charm.
Coat rack and hooks in an office.

Where to Find Cottage Core Style Antiques

When you’re shopping in a department store, it’s likely that what you’re purchasing is a replica of something from the past.

We see this very often with wood bowls, marble trays, baskets, and architectural pieces. So, rather than buying these items new, I like to hunt for the original.

In cases where the “real thing” can’t be found in a local antique or thrift store, I shop on Etsy, Facebook Marketplace, Chairish or Vintage Keepers.

Flora & Fauna

Cottage core decor is very nature focused. You see flora and fauna in wallpapers, fabrics, prints, artwork, throw pillows, blankets and more.

I love to utilize these patterns in actual decor like blankets and throw pillows. However, I really prefer to bring it in with live plants.

Ivy plant on a desk.

Adding houseplants to your cottage core home office is a great way to brighten the space, clean the air and release endorphins as you work. Learn more about caring for houseplants here.

You can also add dried bundles of soothing aromatics like lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, rose or chamomile.

Plants on an office shelf.

Cottage Core Themed Office Accessories

Finally, let’s discuss some of the more practical items of a home office.

Cottage core decor file folders on a desk.

Thankfully, it’s fairly easy to find cottage core themed office accessories.

Cottage core decor collage for an office.

Here are my favorites:


More Interior Design Resources

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I hope that this home office makeover with cottage core decor helps as you design your own space.

Home office styled with cottage core decor.

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  1. I just read your email about your time away from social media and the effect it has had on you. I am so excited to see bloggers realizing this and sharing honestly. Breaking away is hard! But the benefits are great. Thank you for doing this and sharing with others so maybe we can start to see a swing in a healthier direction.

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