The latest Scottish decor trend: How to “coorie” like a Scot
Ask people what they associate with Scotland, and they’ll most likely come up with bagpipes, kilts and whisky. But the vast Scottish countryside also conjures up images of a certain way of life: Perhaps hiking through the rugged highland landscape before snuggling up in front of the fire for the evening. The Scots are also known for their laid-back attitude to life, which has a calming effect on the mind. Sounds tempting, right? Coorie embodies exactly this lifestyle by encouraging us to bring more balance, harmony and inner peace into our homes.
An age-old concept making a comeback: The coorie lifestyle
In recent years, the Danish concept of hygge has become synonymous with the idea of cosiness, comfort and well-being in the home.
Although coorie is a new way of bringing this feeling into your interior, the word itself and the traditions it represents are centuries old: Coorie translates as “cuddle”, so it’s little wonder that relaxation, peace and balance are so central to this lifestyle concept.
Coorie went mainstream in 2018 with the launch of the book The Art of Coorie. How to Live Happy the Scottish Way by Gabriella Bennett. The British author transformed coorie into a trend – but there’s more to this design movement than meets the eye. One of the key differences between coorie and its Scandinavian cousin hygge is that coorie isn’t just about interior styling: It’s an entire blueprint for living.
In harmony inside and out – coorie meets a modern need
As our lives become ever-more fast-paced and stressful, we are all longing to slow down and take it easy. And this is exactly what coorie promises – which is probably one of the reasons why it has become so popular. According to Gabriella Bennett, coorie is all about “trying to lead a quieter existence where the endless pursuit of work is balanced by small pleasures”.
In addition to refocusing on the self, coorie also advocates experiencing all facets of nature: Outdoor activities in the wind and rain form an important contrast to the comfort and warmth of the home.
Coorie – a Scottish decor trend for those who love to snuggle
To create the right backdrop for a cosy and welcoming atmosphere in your home, room design is key. But it’s relatively easy to “coorie-up” your room: If you’ve already got a good starting point to work with, just a few accessories can make all the difference.
This style is a good fit for any room that needs to look warm and inviting – making it perfect for the living room or bedroom. If you’re lucky enough to have rustic exposed floorboards, you’ve got the perfect starting point for creating a coorie look.
Natural materials and snuggly accessories: The coorie interior
Old Scottish cottages are the perfect source of inspiration for coorie interior design: Shabby chic and vintage are popular ways to create this look. Take care not to overfill your rooms with furniture or accessories, but also to avoid a clean or sterile look.
In coorie design, a natural aesthetic is the key to authenticity. This is also true when it comes to choosing materials for your furniture and accessories.
Think solid wood tables, comfy leather sofas with wool throws and generous scatter cushions, plus a soft sheepskin rug in front of the fire to create an idyllic, homely feel.
Tartan – a pattern found frequently in Scottish decor and fashion – is also an essential element to add to the mix. Alongside natural browns and beige tones, deep red and green should dominate the colour scheme. Cast-iron accessories and perhaps even a decorative whisky bottle complete the look.
Relaxing in this kind of setting cannot fail to transport you to a state of complete inner peace: So shift down a few gears and enjoy a relaxing, cosy evening with your loved ones.
Because coorie is about more than just wool throws and cosy corners: It’s also about being with family and friends, your connections with these people, and being at peace with yourself.
Do you want to make your home feel a touch more warm and cosy? How do you plan to integrate the coorie trend into your interior? Let us know in the comments!