It’s easy to make your living space warm and welcoming with a few hygge-inspired touches. Hygge is a Scandinavian-inspired aesthetic that’s all about comfort, warmth, and togetherness—and it can be adapted to suit any home during any season. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Whether you prefer traditional or modern furniture, it helps to start with neutral tones. For example, with a neutral sofa and armchair set, you can build almost any décor look. Neutral colors are versatile enough to pair with almost any other color, and it’s easy to change the look of the room by changing only the accent items. For example, if you have a neutral duvet cover in the bedroom, you could add colorful throw pillows and a vibrant rug to brighten the room.
Neutral-hued window treatments are a must for every room. Layering sheer curtains under heavier drapes look elegant and allow for versatility. Close the drapes when you want darkness and privacy, and pull them back when you’re ready for softly diffused natural light through the sheer curtains. Linen curtains are sturdy and stylish, and they come in a range of versatile tones to match your living room or bedroom furnishings. There are also indoor/outdoor curtains for areas that receive a lot of light or for your patio area.
Celebrating the seasons makes any home look and feel more inviting. Of course, you don’t have to go overboard with seasonal decorations—but you can, if that’s your style. There’s no wrong way to decorate for the seasons, whether you opt for a few festive touches here and there or deck your home out from top to bottom.
Spring is an excellent time for wildflower bouquets and light colors. Robin’s egg blue, lemon yellow, and blush pink accents can refresh your home for the spring season. In the summer, you can go tropical by adorning your outdoor furniture with vibrant floral-motif cushions and adding bright orange, aqua, and pink accents around the house in the form of bedding, throw pillows, wall art, and rugs.
In the fall, it’s easy to create a seasonal look with centerpieces filled with autumn leaves. Or you can hang an autumn wreath on the door to welcome your guests. Toss a cozy throw over the back of the sofa and one across the foot of the bed, then accent the look with decorative pillows in fall hues. A scented candle or diffuser in a fall fragrance can also add seasonal charm to your space, whether you prefer apple cinnamon or pumpkin spice.
Winter is the time for faux fur throws and pillows, along with hot chocolate with marshmallows. Adorn your home with Christmas wreaths and sparkling lights, and always have a hot beverage available for your guests. Fill a crystal dish with colorful Christmas candies for a sweet home accent and place it on your coffee table.
As mentioned, cozy throws and matching decorative throw pillows are an easy way to increase the comfort factor of your home. Another way to increase your home’s coziness factor is with a plush area rug, like a shag rug with a thick pile. Candles can also make the room feel cozier, or you can go for ambient lighting in the form of string lights. Poufs and ottomans are a thoughtful touch in front of the sofa and chairs, as they allow the sitters to put their feet up. Finally, place coasters on every side table, so there’s a safe place for drinks.
A cozy home doesn’t have to fit any particular mold. You can have sleek modern furniture and add a cozy touch with a few overstuffed pillows, a soft throw blanket, and some soft lighting. Or you can add a casual touch to a traditionally decorated home with breezy wicker storage baskets and a natural fiber rug. A few unexpected accents can make any room more comfortable by adding a relaxed vibe to the space.
Another way to make your home feel warmer is with personal accent items. A grouping of framed photos on a mantel or shelf is one example. If you’re the artistic type, display paintings that you’ve done or those by friends and family. Maybe you have a favorite color—if so, be sure to include it as part of your interior color palette. Another idea is monogrammed bedding, which adds personal flair and upscale elegance to the room. Monogrammed towels extend the high-end look to your bathroom.
It doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to cozy up your home. Use any of these ideas or come up with your own to make your living space more welcoming. You can change things anytime you like, so have fun with it and express your inner interior designer.