You may be wondering what Witchcore is. Well, so was I until I took a deep dive into this topic a couple of days ago. I’ll get into the specifics below, but first, let’s talk about Tiktok aesthetics. Like you probably know, aesthetic means the ways something looks. But when we talk about TikTok aesthetics, it’s a group of specific looks that usually have a strong theme or source of inspiration. The aesthetics are broken down into their core elements but often go beyond how something looks and evokes a whole lifestyle. This can include fashion, make-up, interior decor, hobbies, and even values.
For example, cottagecore (inspired by cottages) is huge on Tiktok, but they have more obscure ones too, like fairycore, goblincore, neoncore, dark academia, light academia, and many more. I really enjoyed researching all the different aesthetics and was impressed by how the elements were broken down so clearly (the design decomposition was top notch!). Plus, the spaces felt so unique and interesting, with so much personality (you already know how I think personality is essential for interior design!).
I bet you won’t be surprised to hear that Witchcore is one of these aesthetics. Since we’re nearing Halloween, I thought it would be fun to talk about this aesthetic and even touch on how to incorporate a little bit of the witchy vibe in your house during the holiday or maybe beyond if that resonates with you.
What is Witchcore & Where did it come from?
Alright, let’s start with the basics. Witchcore is an aesthetic inspired by witches and witchcraft (I bet you aren’t surprised!). The look is a mix of Halloween and Victorian gothic elements. There is a focus on dark colors, gem/crystals, herbs/plants (I guess for spell making?), tarot cards, apothecary, astrology books, potions, incense, palm reading, and some general spookiness (like skulls, smoke, taxidermy).
It also shares some aspects to another popular aesthetic, cottagecore. Both witchcore and cottagecore have natural elements interwoven into the general look. This includes natural woods, dried flowers, and the use of plants.
Witchcore fashion is all about dark hues, natural elements, lace, wide-brim hats, and goth-like components. There’s also a fair amount of vintage clothing, including old wedding dresses and nightgowns, homemade flower crowns, and capes. Witchcore emphasizes comfy shoes, velvet fabrics, and long maxi skirts or dresses. Victorian-gothic vibes like ruffles and corsets can also add to the Witchcore wardrobe.
So, where did Witchcore start? The origin of Witchcore is hard to identify. Part of it comes from TikTokers who self-identify as witches and have created a community (#WitchTikTok) on the app. Other roots may come from movies, television shows, and books that most GenZers are probably familiar with. This includes Harry Potter (although some may argue that it is a whole aesthetic on its own), Hocus Pocus, The Craft, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, The Witches (Anne Hathaway movie), Fantastical Beasts, and Bewitched.
Witchcore For Interior Design & Decor
Some people bring the Witchcore aesthetic into the home year-round, and others embrace it during Halloween. Some take inspiration from their favorite witchy movies, like Practical Magic, a 1998 Sandra Bullock movie, or Hocus Pocus.
However, it would be expensive to recreate the Practical Magic house or the Hocus Pocus Cottage. Hence, an easier way to incorporate this into your home is by focusing on some core elements of the Witchcore aesthetic. This would be especially relevant if you’re just decorating for a season, like me. I’ll review 6 elements that you can use to create this vibe in your home.
Glass jars filled with spices, dried flowers, or other “spell” ingredients can make a big impact on any shelf or wall. My favorite bottles have cork tops. I also like when they are labeled. It would be so fun to name them for Halloween, especially gross things, like toenails or toad tongues. For a Harry Potter theme, you could take inspiration from some of the spell components in the books, like dragon hairs, beetle eyes, or frog brains (check out this website for lots more inspiration).
Achieving this look is super affordable, especially if you use smaller bottles. However, Amazon sells any size or shape that you can imagine, so you can display whatever potion ingredient strikes your fancy. I love the round bottles (#2). They feel very sciency. Also, the large jars with sphere corks (#6) are really cute and modern. I would use those things year-round for sugar, flour, and other cooking supplies I need to grab quickly.
Gemstones and Crystals
All good witchcore homes need to have gemstones and crystals. You’ll never know when you’ll need to heal or protect yourself. People in history believed that rocks had energy and vibrations that could be transferred to people. The different types of stones had different vibrations and were therefore used for different problems. For example, there are stones to bring opportunity, peace, wisdom, or courage.
Luckily, gemstones and crystals are widely available today because they are so beautiful! Above I rounded up 6 of my favorite ones I found on Amazon. I love the ones with the pointy tops and flat bottoms (#3). They feel especially witch-like, and they seem easy to display in a bowl or standing up. I also love the quartz logs (#6). They would give a little glitz and glam to a space and are an unusual shape/size that you often don’t see in the stores. These could easily be stacked on a shelf, fireplace, or, maybe, even a cauldron.
Dried flowers are another popular element of the Witchcore aesthetic. While I just love the look of dried flowers, witches believe that some flowers have magical powers. For example, they believe rose petals are good luck and ward off evil. In addition, lavender, one of my favorite flowers, is thought to attract people and is often used for love spells.
The flowers are often displayed in bunches hung upside down. I’m sure this is part of the drying process, but it can also be a design decision if you want to evoke the witchcore feel at your house. Of course, you can dry your own flowers, and this website walks you through a couple of different ways to do it. But if you don’t have the time or flowers, you could always purchase dried flowers available on Amazon. I rounded up my five favorite varieties below. For me, dried flowers are the perfect fall decor. Drop a handful of stems in a vase, and suddenly your interiors are a prettier version of what is happening with nature outside.
Of course, I especially love the lavender (#2), but the baby breath (#4) is also really good. I love that it has some volume, and the monochrome color can even make it look chic!
Technically, everything we’ve talked about thus far is considered accessories for your house, but I needed a general category for all the witchcore items I didn’t include in other lists. These include essentials like sage, tarot cards, and even crystal balls.
I really like when there is a large display of lit candles at night. It creates a warm mood but can also feel spooky with suitable candles and the right arrangement. I think these black candles (#1) will go along with any witchcore room (although white would totally work, too!)—the more candles, the better, in my opinion. I also think leaning into taxidermy, like the beetles (#5), would be fun too. While real taxidermy is fine if that is your thing, you could use paper beetles and bugs displayed like taxidermy for Halloween (or just as cool art). This Etsy store sells paper beetle assembly kits. It could be such a fun DIY!
Witchcore Wall Art
If you have a blank wall, you may want to hang art related to witchcore. Popular themes to pick from are tarot cards, phases of the moon, palm reading charts, spell guides, or botanical charts. I particularly like tapestries because they are so large and can make a significant impact on a large empty wall. A good alternative is a collection of smaller prints with the same topic and color scheme. This will make the room feel cohesive.
My favorite ones on Amazon are the botanical mushroom tapestry (left, #2) and the Charms and Spells (right, #5) poster. Although, the phases of the moon (right #1) would definitely be the most on theme. For Halloween, the Witchcraft Knowledge poster (right #4) would be a good one. If you have kids, it may generate a lot of laughter and curiosity.
Okay, this last witchcore item is for the bedroom. A bed canopy, especially a dark one, will create an eerie mood. Harry Potter inspired me for this item. The movies showed the students’ dormitory with four-poster beds and thick velvet curtains surrounding them. It created privacy for the students in the film but is a fun way to make a bedroom feel a little magical at home.
Luckily, there are tons of affordable and easy options. I particularly like the grey velvet canopy (#2). It’s on the smaller side but creates a luxurious feel with the thick fabric. I also really like the large round canopy with ruffles (#5). It has a little bit of that Victorian/Gothic vibe that goes so well with the witchcore aesthetic.
Alright, there you have my exhaustive list of ideas to make your home feel more witch-like. I’ve already started planning what I want to include in my house for Halloween (hello jars with spooky ingredients and paper beetles taxidermy). I’m also really into the dried flowers. That might be a future DIY. Is there anything on this list that you want to incorporate into your home for Halloween or permanently? Or is there some other witchcore element that I missed and speaks to you? I hope you have a spooky day!