Introducing Cabincore, the new interior design trend that romanticizes cabin life through warm textiles, layered lighting, and richly-hued accessories that will bring Apline beauty into your space – wherever that may be.  This decorating idea first originated on social media, but it is already making waves amongst designers – some of whom experiment with the style in their own homes. Here’s how to bring the best of Cabincore into your scheme, the expert-approved way. 

What is Cabincore?  

Cabincore originated on TikTok as Cottagecore’s darker sibling. In contrast to Cottagecore’s focus on gingham prints and rustic accents, Cabincore pays tribute to mountainous locations through faded paint ideas (think olive, terracotta, and rusty tones), ornate embroidery, and a considerable amount of wood. 

How to incorporate Cabincore – with a sophisticated twist 

‘As a Canada native, I appreciate the Cabincore aesthetic with a high-end and sophisticated twist,’ says Jeffrey Wilkes, the Founder of DESIGNWILKES (opens in new tab). The designer recently completed two cabin projects on the remote Mayne Island off the coast of Vancouver as a home for him and his partner.  ‘Throughout the interiors, we created a cozy, cabin-like feel as the floors, walls, and ceilings all have wood paneling,’ Jeffery explains. ‘We incorporated exposed ceiling beams and a wood stove in the living room, two main features contributing to the coziness and sophisticated look of the space.’ The final result (above) epitomizes Cabincore without appearing gimmicky.  ‘Incorporating textures such as velvet and leather upholstery – as well as carefully-curated color choices throughout – can also help achieve the Cabincore look,’ Jeffrey adds.  Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet, (opens in new tab) the designers behind the Swiss chalet above, explain that you can achieve an elegant Cabincore look by avoiding clichés.  ‘Wood adds warmth and texture, but we also blended it with noble metals to form a clean, graphic contrast,’ they say. ‘The result is a juxtaposition of materials that respect the identity of the building – the traditional architectural codes of the chalet are maintained, yet the interior eagerly responds to a more modern design.’ We’re rushing to replicate the Cabincore aesthetic this springtime – because who says ski cabins are for winter only?