The past few years have brought us a series of new design trends, but none of them managed to be as controversial as cluttercore. Essentially a minimalist’s nightmare, it is the design style that would give Marie Kondo a heart attack. But then again, Kondo does recommend only keeping the items that spark joy. And in cluttercore, they all spark joy — every last piece.
This quirky trend is a celebration of mismatched possessions, allowing us to fill our living spaces with anything and everything that reflects our passions and personalities. In a way, it is the guilty pleasure of the interior design world — and proudly so. One may even think of it as a rebellion against the concept of minimalism. It is maximalism on another level.
What Is Cluttercore?
Cluttercore is the maximalist way of designing interior spaces, centering itself around the notion of “more is more”. Contrary to what the term might suggest, it doesn’t mean creating a mess and filling your home with heaps of junk — and definitely not like any of the stuff you see on Hoarders. Cluttercore centers itself around curating and showcasing all the items you love, in the form of clutter furnishings and interiors.
While cluttering a room would be to fill it with random knick-knacks that you find, cluttercore highlights the appreciation you have for your belongings. It’s about tastefully displaying a feature wall full of family photos, vinyl records, and drawings instead of one or two stylish prints. It’s about proudly exhibiting your favorite china instead of keeping them organized in the kitchen cabinets only to take them out during special occasions.
The cluttercore hashtag has garnered over a dozen million views on TikTok. This leap in popularity ironically came after all those years of minimalism, decluttering spaces, and everything Marie Kondo stands for.