earthy. Warm. Easy. Significant. These are the words used by architect Drew Lang, who designed a series of homes in the foothills of New York’s Catskill Mountains, to describe the cabincore aesthetic. The home decor trend is a far cry from what’s typically associated with the words “cabin” and “design.” Interior design aficionados are officially stepping back from outdated chandeliers with mountain motifs of antlers and red-and-white checkered throw pillows that say things like “See you by the lake.”
Cabincore is more about transforming that rustic sensibility into something sophisticated and luxurious, but above all connected to nature. A departure from recent home trends such as over-the-top Regencycore or glamorous maximalism, the vibe has become popular for precisely this reason. “People really want to feel comfortable in their space,” says Delyse Berry, CEO of Upstate Down, an interior design studio, hardware store, and real estate company in New York’s Hudson Valley. Lots of people want all the bits that made hygge popular — cozy blankets, warm fires, and homemade pottery — but they also want to feel connected to the great outdoors in a way that lets them live indoors and outdoors seamlessly.
“If you want to create a cabincore feel, highlight the areas of your home that focus on nature,” says Berry. That can mean creating seating areas near large scenic windows, or putting more focus near a fireplace or patio.
There’s no directive regarding the choice of cosmetics to maximize cabincore, but Lang says, “What works best is an eclectic sensibility. A little bit modern, a little bit vintage, a little bit local maker pieces. Some really nifty touches with really nice linens and a nice piece of furniture or two.”
Whether your home is a tiny city apartment, a suburban ranch, or a full-fledged mountain chalet, you too can achieve the Cabincore aesthetic with a few key tips and a well-curated shopping list. How to complete the look.
Highlight natural fibers
Incorporating materials that feel like they come from nature can help your space feel down-to-earth and achieve the indoor-outdoor feel inherent to the cabincore lifestyle, says Berry. That means adding things like crisp linen sheets, organic cotton sheets, linen accents, real wood furniture, or stools and rugs made from jute, a plant fiber.
game with fire
A key touchstone in cabincore homes is the emphasis on all areas that highlight fire. If your home has a built-in fireplace or wood-burning stove, enhance that space by turning it into a destination—yes, even in the summer. Add a seating area with comfy rugs and floor pillows, and make the firewood itself stand out by placing an attractive firewood holder nearby. If an indoor fire pit isn’t the way to go, create an oasis around an outdoor fire pit. Install one yourself with stone and sand, or invest in a standout, portable fire pit like the Solo Stove, which is popular for emitting less smoke and producing fine ash, making for easier cleaning and longer lasting fires.
Embrace warm colors
Berry advises staying away from cool blues, which are better suited to a coastal beach house, and instead focusing on warm, earthy tones like hunter and olive greens, burnt orange, mustard yellows and deep reds. This can help your home feel more connected to its natural surroundings.
Add vintage style kitchen utensils
Lean into the kitschy misconception of cubicles by incorporating chic, vintage-inspired small appliances and crockery into your kitchen. Enamelware, cast iron, stoneware, and ceramic also help achieve this earthy feel.
Even when it’s warm outside, Cabincore is all about coziness and making sure comfort is never too far away. Embrace all throw pillows, blankets and soft rugs by adding them to every room in the house. When it comes to throws, choose a variety of textures, including faux fur and wool, and if you’re looking for rugs, Berry suggests looking for eclectic patterns of Turkish designs that will help the space feel lived-in rather than ultra-modern. “They want things that embody comfort,” says Berry.
Decorate with homemade ceramics
Cabincore is all about interacting with your surroundings, especially when it comes to finishing touches like planters, vases and wall hangings. Berry suggests opting for handmade goods, especially those made by local artisans close to your home. “Highlighting elements found in the area such as pottery and artwork convey an authentic setting.”