“When we are unhurried and wise, we perceive that only great and worthy things have any permanent and absolute existence, that petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of the reality,” wrote American writer Henry David Thoreau, who famously retreated from the world and lived in a remote cabin for over two years.
While most of us may not feel compelled to become hermits ourselves, a similar desire for a simpler and more meaningful life has arisen during the Covid-19 lockdowns worldwide. Known as “cottagecore”, this trend promotes a way of life that sees enthusiasts embracing hobbies ranging from crafting to baking bread.
This idealised aesthetic is defined by a pastoral inclination towards natural materials, greenery and minimalism. It’s a movement against the pressures of the rat race, where you are inspired to prioritise self-care by incorporating soothing elements into your surroundings.
Introduce simple touches such as the use of ambient lighting; a calming balm for an anxious mind. “Soft lighting is essential for a relaxing ambience in the bedroom and we recommend sticking with dimmable lamps so you can adjust the intensity to your needs,” says Rhiannon Hills, managing director at Danish Design Co, a Scandinavian furniture retailer.
Terence Choo, marketing and public relations manager of multi-label furniture purveyor P5 Studio, agrees. “Having plants with ambient lights strung across the bed gives a warm feeling that is peaceful and ideal for meditation and reflection,” he says.