Have you ever dreamed of buying an A-frame cabin in the woods, going off the grid, and enjoying a simple, cozy, nature-filled life? Well, first of all, you aren’t alone. The stressors of modern life have left all of us wanting to leave it all behind at some point or another. Second of all, if you like the idea of sneaking off to the woods, even if it’s just for a weekend, you might appreciate one of our new favorite interior design trends: Cabincore!
What is Cabincore?
What exactly is Cabincore? It’s a design style that romanticizes the idea of cabin life and mountain cottages. It’s a look that’s definitely rooted in Rustic design, but it has a strong presence of industrial design too—as well as hints of modern and boho styles.
Cabincore started as a fashion “aesthetic,” growing in popularity on social media. But, as a style, it’s beginning to branch out into the interior design world. And we must say, it’s a look we’re absolutely loving. It’s the perfect way to give an old lake cabin a more modern vibe—or to inspire your own home with a more rustic, nature-inspired look!
Cabincore interior design features colors found in nature. You’ll see earthy greens like olive and sage, tones of terracotta and burnt orange, as well as some browns, reds, and blues. Since this style leans into the beauty of nature, there’s a big emphasis on using natural materials in a Cabincore space. However, the natural materials used aren’t your typical woven baskets and jute rugs. Instead, you’ll find more industrial-inspired natural materials like iron, stone, rough-hewn wood, and leather decor.
The combination of all these elements results in a rustic, log cabin-inspired look. It’s very cozy and features comfortable, worn-in furniture, lots of layered lighting, and soft finishing materials—all put together with a touch of eclecticism.
What’s the Difference Between Cabincore and Cottagecore?
Cabincore and Cottagecore are similar design styles with parallel origin stories. Both are “aesthetic movements” that came out of internet culture and took root in both fashion and design. But they definitely aren’t two names for the same look.
While their “core” ideals are the same—both are about pursuing a life of simplicity with rural sensibilities—the aesthetic of each has a different vibe. What’s the difference? Cottagecore is more traditionally feminine, while Cabincore has a bit more of a masculine vibe. But there’s more to it than just that.
Cottagecore interior design is inspired by the English countryside; it incorporates traditional design elements that are cozy, quaint, and charming. Furniture and decor has a lot of applied ornament and decoration—this is a style where you’ll see plenty of frills, skirted furniture, floral patterns, and lace. But it’s not on-the-nose traditional. The way it comes together visually is very eclectic. (Think the decor scheme of Rosehill cottage from Nancy Meyers’ classic film, The Holiday.)
Meanwhile, the Cabincore aesthetic is more pared down, with a rustic, industrial edge. This style features lots of raw materials but has a definite emphasis on coziness. (Though, more of an “A-Frame cabin in the woods” kind of cozy than the country coziness of Cottagecore.) There are lots of layered materials in this style, with a mix of both soft and industrial finishes.
Cabincore Design Ideas
Want to see the Cabincore look brought to life? We asked our designers how they would channel the Cabincore aesthetic into room designs. Scroll down to see the 5 rooms they created!
A Cozy Cabincore Reading Nook
Whether you have an actual cabin, or just want to bring some Cabincore vibes to a corner of your home, a Cabincore reading nook is a perfect way to bring this trend to life in a small way.
To create a cabin-inspired reading nook, look for cozy textures, classic patterns such as plaid and stripes, and home decor accents with an industrial edge. (Such as an iron wall sconce, like we have here.) Poufs and/or ottomans are a great add-on to a cozy reading nook. We chose a leather pouf and a rustic, woven stool—which can both act as footrests and extra seating options. Some landscape-inspired art helps drive home the vibe. And, of course you can’t have a reading nook without a cozy seating option. We love the idea of a small-but-comfy legless sofa to ground the space. Bonus points if you have hot coffee and some tunes close at hand!
A Transitional Cabincore Living Room
You might be inspired by the Cabincore trend but want a more livable style that is family-friendly and timeless. Or maybe you want a look that can easily transition between multiple styles in your space or adjust with small changes as your taste evolves. If that’s the case, we recommend trying a more transitional approach to the Cabincore trend, like the room pictured above.
A leather sectional, layered with cozy throw pillows, is the perfect way to achieve that cozy Cabincore vibe. But since leather is timeless and the shape of the sofa isn’t overly trendy, it’s a piece that can continue to work in your space for years, even if you leave the cabin-inspired look behind.
But don’t stop there if you want to lean into a Cabincore look! Layer in a soft rug, and opt for a tufted ottoman rather than a traditional coffee table for a more laid-back approach. A combination of rustic wall art and industrial light fixtures helps drive home the look without feeling overly trendy.
An Eclectic-But-Cozy Bedroom
This space leans into the rustic, eclectic side of the Cabincore aesthetic. It has a look that’s collected and feels cozy and lived in. Darker colors give this bedroom a moody vibe, but splashes of red and blue add warmth to the color palette. This space also gets inspiration from an Americana industrial vibe that many modern cabins have. The trunk at the end of the bed gives a nod to that simplistic and industrial style while being quite practical in an actual cabin setting. (The perfect place to stow extra blankets or games!)
If you were recreating this look in an actual cabin or mountain home, you’d want to incorporate a lot of coziness and practicality. Rustic accents like the pillows and layered rugs do both, perfectly! Warm floors and extra blankets and pillows are great for colder climates and cabins, while also being quite stylish.
But you don’t have to live in a log cabin to bring home this look. In fact, it could easily work in many homes, as long as your space lends itself well to an eclectic or rustic decor style.
An Industrial Modern Lounge Space
This approach to Cabincore leans into the industrial style found in a lot of modern mountain homes and lakeside cabins. But it also has an edge of that rustic, collected look, which is the heart of the Cabincore aesthetic. This means mixing modern elements, like the sleek coffee table and tapered legs of the mid-century-inspired side chair with “older” elements like a leather sofa with patina and that industrial, antique-inspired cabinet.
The key to pulling off this brand of Cabincore is to keep furniture neutral but darker in color. In a cabin, you want furniture that can handle some wear and tear (and some dirt being dragged in from outside) so stick with durable materials and upholstery (like leather) that ages well! Pair the dark furniture with layered colors in your accents, like poufs, rugs, pillows, and artwork. But not too much color! We gave this space a fairly limited color palette—but we used natural materials like leather, natural wood, wool rugs, shiplap walls, and woven wall hangings to add texture and keep it visually interesting.
A Comfortable Gathering Space
This take on Cabincore is all about comfort—with a mind toward staying inside during cold weather and gathering around central areas. And in a cabin, that central area is usually around a fireplace! This acts not only as a focal point in a living space, but it also creates a cozy place to gather or relax. With a comfy chair next to a fireplace or wood-burning stove, you can enjoy a hot beverage, take in the view out the window, simply relax next to the fireplace, read a good book—whatever sounds most relaxing to you!
Cozy, layered rugs add extra plushness to this space, giving your feet a warm place to land while you sit near the fire or in the chair and read. But the sheepskin is so soft, you may want to sit or lay directly on the plush and comfy floor in front of the fireplace!
What else makes this gathering space extra cozy? The use of earth tones in the art, rugs, and accent furniture. The overall color palette is very simplistic and somewhat constrained, but the textures of the furniture and decor add depth and bring the rustic, collected look to life.