Naturecore is a new aesthetic that’s been gaining popularity in recent years.
The nature-based theme has roots in various subcultures, but it was first popularized by the web community on sites like Tumblr and Pinterest.
Naturecore can be applied to things such as animal illustrations, photography, clothing design, home decoration, and more.
In this article, we’ll go over what naturecore is exactly and how you can incorporate this aesthetic into your life!
What Is Naturecore?
Naturecore revolves around themes of nature, animals, and environmentalism. It celebrates every beautiful thing that mother nature has gifted us with.
People that are naturecore often emphasize the natural, as well as their connection to it.
Why Is Naturecore so Appealing?
People are drawn towards nature because it represents peace and freedom for them.
Nature offers an escape from city life where you’re constantly surrounded by concrete buildings and cars zooming past you at all hours of the day.
If you live in an urban environment then maybe incorporating some elements into your surroundings will provide relief from a busy schedule.
During the pandemic, people became more interested in nature because they were isolated from society for a long time.
The pandemic also introduced the idea of sustainability to many, making them want to live as close an environmentally friendly lifestyle as possible.
The idea of living peacefully in a small cottage surrounded by nature is very appealing to a lot of people.
It can also be said that the main draws for this aesthetic are how calming and beautiful it appears, as well as its ability to make you feel more connected with the earth.
Naturecore is also a way for people to embrace their love for the outdoors.
What Is Dark Naturecore?
Dark naturecore or dark naturalism focuses on darkness and gloominess.
It’s often seen as a reversal of the traditional nature aesthetic, which is typically bright with vibrant colors.
With a strong sense of mystery, dark naturecore has a feeling of otherwordliness.
An example would be The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’s art style which was praised for its “stark contrast between darkness and light.”
Naturecore focuses on clothes and accessories made with natural materials like cotton, wool or linen.
You’ll find many items made from these fabrics at stores catering to other ecological styles such as eco-friendly fashion brands which value organic fibers and sustainable production techniques.
Outfits could consist of everyday clothes such as light-colored jeans, chinos, sweaters or cotton shirts; casual attire like earthy tones of patterned leggings and long skirts; or more dressy outfits with a naturist theme.
Shirts are often decorated with graphics of nature scenes, plants or animals and are generally worn outside the jeans.
Common naturecore accessoiries include hats, wreaths, necklaces and bracelets from natural materials.
Bracelets can be made from tree bark or roots; necklaces might include beads of shells or feathers; while hats are often constructed with straws and leaves for a more rustic look.
Comfortable shoewear is super important and while many like to go barefoot you can wear laced boots, sandals, Birkenstocks, Vans Old Skool and ballerinas.
Make-up is oftentimes minimalistic, with eyes perhaps highlighted by a light eye shadow or subtle eye liner. Lips are often nude and brightened by gloss or balm.
Some prefer to go out with no make-up at all and others like to display their creative skills with bright, pastel, and glittery images of butterflies or flowers on their faces.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, take a look at Pinterest or do an internet search for nature-inspired pieces.
The nature aesthetic can be used in many different ways – from clothes to home décor, so there is no limit on the things you should add to your space.
It’s not about making your environment as natural and untouched as possible, but it can be an opportunity to bring some nature inside – like using plants in your home or having art with animals on them that reflect what you see out in the wilderness.
Some popular examples include snake prints on clothes and plant-like patterns on walls.
Other examples include paintings of animals in trees or plants that look like they’re from a deep jungle forest.
You can grow a succulent in a pot on your window sill or add vines to an empty corner or space, or hang them from the ceiling for added greenery and natural texture.
Add even more plants to your home decor with terrariums and small indoor gardens.
Light candles in glass jars placed around your home if you want that warm glow of light without having any harsh artificial lights turned on all day long.
The lamps can be made out of recycled materials like milk jugs and wine bottles, to make them more eco-friendly.
To maximise your indoor space, hang mirrors in front of windows that face outside so you can enjoy the natural scenery while doing tasks inside.
Think about how much nature is around you; if there are trees, make sure they’re visible from indoors as well!
It’s important to note that this isn’t an exhaustive list – there are many other ways you could combine them for your own unique style!
There are a lot of activities that you can do in nature as well as in your own home. These are just a few ideas and you can easily add them into your daily routine.
- Go on a nature walk and take pictures of all the flowers you spot
- Volunteer at an animal shelter
- Make your coffee the morning with some fresh spring water
- Make your own herbal tea
- Bake a berry pie
- Cook using locally sourced ingredients
- Take a walk in the woods and find some acorns to make your own naturecore jewelry
- Engage in some handicrafts such as sowing and woodwork
- Plant trees in your backyard
- Grow your own food
- Be considerate of your environment by recycling, using eco-friendly cleaners and dish detergents, only buying products in bulk if you can’t find a local supplier
- Avoid things that are not biodegradable or toxic to the environment like plastic bags and bottled water
- Get to know your neighbors better by trading tips for gardening or birdwatching. You might be surprised how much they share their knowledge with you!
- Create beautiful artworks using pressed flowers