What do you get when you mix cottagecore, goblincore, and a hearty dash of whimsy? Fairycore! This enchanting interior design trend is a mystical, dreamlike, and ethereal aesthetic. It took social media by storm, and it's still going strong. While everything fairycore quickly became all the rage on TikTok, nothing beats fairycore bedroom decor.
What is fairycore?
Fairycore is appropriately named, as it harnesses the magical, natural look and feel of fairies by way of dainty and delicate details that are mystical and eclectic. While cottagecore is rooted in historic prairie and countryside vibes, fairycore rejects realism and amps up escapism and the imaginary. There's also a quirkiness inherent to fairycore since mushroom motifs, playful pastel colors, and maximalist tchotchkes abound.
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For those eager to make their own bedroom (or dorm room!) into a fairycore-infused sanctuary, we've done the heavy lifting for you and rounded up a list of all the elements you'll need to bring your fairy fantasy to life. After following this guide, your fairycore bedroom will feel as if you're stepping into the pages of a fairy tale.
1. Decorate with fake ivy and vine garlands.
A quick perusal of the fairycore aesthetic on TikTok immediately reveals that fake ivy and vine garlands are key ingredients to executing the trend. Draped along windowpanes, dripping from ceilings, and outlining closets are just a few ways to incorporate these vines into your bedroom. TikTok user @marsstrosity used ivy vines in almost every corner of their bedroom by weaving one strand within the slats of their rattan chair, using another to embellish their mirror, and sprinkling others throughout the rest of the space.
Some decorators intertwined these vines with fairy lights for a sparkly flair, while others added fake flowers in the garlands for soft pops of color. We especially liked what TikTok user @k14nn4 did — they added flowers to their garlands to create a magnificent vine canopy for the ceiling above their bed.
2. Incorporate soft lighting.
Fairycore is incredibly atmospheric, so the lighting in your bedroom is crucial to setting the tone. Antique and thrifted lamps are great for lighting the way. But if those don't do it for you, you can also try light fixtures with kitschy lampshades, like the ones in @chloerosetheartist's bedroom. Salt lamps and soft-light lamps like the Tokabo one from IKEA featured in @growingjuju's TikTok are also pretty popular for setting a fairycore tone. If lamps don't spark your fairycore fantasies, candles, strings of tea lights, and fairy lights (it's even in the name!) are great ways to achieve that magical, cozy glow in your bedroom.
3. Hang gauzy draperies.
Whether used as curtains or bed canopies, delicately draped white gauzy fabric is a fairycore must. This material has a romantic and cloudlike airiness that will usher a sweet softness into your space. It's light, bright, and dainty, harkening to the bedrooms and dresses of princesses. Plus, light shining softly through gauze heightens the dreamlike aura of the fairycore aesthetic.
4. Add a little flower power.
Nature is another central element of fairycore, so incorporating an abundance of florals in various forms throughout your bedroom is key. Flower-patterned bedding, like @marsstrosity's duvet and floral throw pillows and curtains, are great options. Displaying dried florals in old jars or vases on your nightstand, desk, or windowsills is another. You can also create garlands from dried-out flowers and hang them from your ceiling, as @floralfay shows us.
5. Don't forget potted plants.
Another way to channel nature into your fairycore bedroom decor is through potted plants. Having a green thumb will suit you well in unlocking maximum levels of fairycore vibes. Succulents and leafy pothos are great options. But make sure you have the right lighting environment for these guys and remember to water them as needed so they'll continue to thrive; having sad, withering plants throughout your bedroom is decidedly not part of the fairycore trend. Placing these plants on tables and desks works just fine, but hanging plants are optimal, especially in macrame plant hangers like the one in @alltheferalfawns's dreamy bedroom.
6. Display mushroom room decor.
There's no better way to achieve the earthy whimsy of fairycore than with mushroom decor. TikTok user @growingjuju shares some of the mushroom moments in their fairycore paradise, including a display they made themself and felted mushrooms they purchased. The adorable look and psychedelic connotations of mushrooms align perfectly with the distinct mood of fairycore.
7. Lean into eclectic maximalism.
Fairycore is not for minimalists. With this trend, more is more, and TikTok user @lilgunky shows us how it's done in their maximalist bedroom that's jam-packed with unique and eclectic finds. Gallery walls, tapestries, mobiles, and mixing and matching patterns are all fairycore worthy. These elements have merit on their own, but when they come together, they create a homey warmth that's beautifully fairycore.
8. Hang a chair swing.
If you need a peaceful spot to curl up with a book or a place to rest your wings, try adding a hanging chair swing to your space. No fairycore room should be without one, and TikTok users @marsstrosity and @tinyartbean show us how to artfully add chair swings to your idyllic den.
9. Display crystals and stones.
Displaying crystals and stones in your bedroom is a magical way to tap into the ethereal and whimsical essence of fairycore. Crystals and stones may be subtle, but when placed strategically around your room, they can create a special moment of down-to-earth calm in your space.
10. Use earthy tones and natural wood furnishings.
Because of the strong influence of nature on the fairycore aesthetic, wicker, rattan, bamboo, and other natural woods make regular appearances. Think tree houses, fairy gardens, and hobbit holes. The prevailing color palette in fairycore is in keeping with these natural inclinations, as it includes a variety of green colors mixed with whites, creams, and soft pastels.