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7 Tips to Bring Hygge Style to Life In Your Home

As the weather starts cooling off in many places around the country, our desire for comfort and coziness tends to increase. Do you know what that means? It’s time to get your hygge on!

This year, it may be more important than ever to learn to celebrate life’s simple pleasures and prioritize comfort. With our homes becoming where we’re living so much of our lives these days, we’re seeking comfort and coziness like never before—and rightfully so!

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What is Hygge?

What is hygge (pronounced hue-gah), exactly? It’s a Danish concept that’s all about embracing life’s simple pleasures, with a focus on comfort. It’s a fundamental part of the Danish culture—and really, Scandinavian culture at large. Though it’s something Scandinavians embrace year-round, it’s especially important for them to prioritize hygge in the long, dark months of winter, where the days are short and the nights feel long.

And a lot of what it looks like to celebrate a sense of hygge at home has to do with interior design and decorative elements. So, there’s no better place to look for inspiration than Scandinavian interior design. Scandinavian design is all about beauty, simplicity, and functionality—often through a celebration of natural materials. Homes decorated with a Scandinavian aesthetic are light and bright, simple and uncluttered. But with this leaning toward minimalism, there’s also a deep sense of coziness and livability. So, there are some definite rustic design ideas at play, especially in the materials. In Scandinavian style, the furniture itself features natural materials like stone, woven materials, and light wood finishes. And all of these design features are a great place to start when it comes to incorporating elements of hygge into your home.

How to Get the Hygge Look in Your Home

Ready to incorporate some hygge into your own home? We’re breaking down the key elements of hygge interior design and how you can both embrace the mentality and get it in your own space!

scandinavian interior design1. Create a Sense of Calm

Hygge is all about comfort and coziness. To create a sense of calm in your home, start with a neutral color palette that is high-contrast. Take a cue from Scandinavian interior design and opt for bright whites and lots of natural light, which will make it easier to relax. But to keep this high-contrast palette from feeling too bold, incorporate browns and off-whites to help soften the feel of the room.

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2. Layer Textures and Materials

When it comes to choosing furniture, materials, and design elements, a hygge home calls for rustic materials in simple forms. Natural woods add a rustic, homey flair and create a sense of bringing the outdoors in. But make sure these pieces are clean-lined with a focus on practicality and comfort. Adding plush and textural elements around will balance out clean-lined furniture and create a warm sensory experience. Faux-fur pillows, woven area rugs, knit tapestries, and sheepskin throws add coziness and texture to all levels of the space.

But there are tons of other rustic textures at play in this space too—smooth leather, heavy drapery, shiplap, brick, layered rugs, woven baskets. All of this layering adds visual interest and pulls you into the space.

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3. Embrace Simplicity

When it comes to styling bookcases and tabletops, keep things simple and cater to the sweet delights of home—with books and plants, and perhaps a few baskets for small organizations. Not only does this simplicity help bring in that Scandinavian, minimalist aesthetic, but it promotes relaxation by keeping your space uncluttered. But you can also layer in cozy decor

that focuses on comfort—like vases for flowers, poufs for kicking up your feet, and trays for your coffee or tea. While simplicity is key to this look, adding moments of joy and delight are just as important!

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4. Establish Some Ambiance

When it comes to embracing hygge, it’s important to remember that fireplaces and candles aren’t just for decoration. For some major cozy vibes and ambiance, you have to light them! In this living room, the fireplace is the main focal point of the space. Celebrate that by lighting a fire on cool evenings, and cozying up with a book on the sofa or piling floor cushions and poufs on the floor in front of the fireplace and chatting with a loved one. If you don’t want to worry about cleaning the flue, or if your fireplace isn’t sound, you could always layer in a collection of large pillar candles and light them as a pseudo-fireplace that still adds a cozy element to the space!

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5. Create Cozy Corners

We love the idea of creating smaller moments of coziness within a larger space. So, whether it’s in a bedroom, den, or a living room as pictured above, create a cozy corner for some solo relaxation. Start with a chair where you can curl up. We opted for one that’s a mix of Scandinavian and Rustic design, with a clean and simple Mid-Century frame and rustic, black worn leather cushions—great for a hygge-style living room. We layered a faux sheepskin rug underneath for keeping your toes cozy and warm, and surrounded it with baskets, books, and candles to add to the sense of coziness. This creates a special space to sit that feels almost cocooned within the larger room.

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6. Gather Around the Table

Making food and gathering for meals is a wonderful way to celebrate life’s simple pleasures and embrace hygge year-round. So, giving some special attention to your dining area is key. An intimate and approachable dining area might look different for everyone—but we opted to lean on a Scandinavian design aesthetic for this space as a nod to Danish living. The table is modern and clean-lined, but with antiqued metal framing and a natural wood finish. The wishbone chairs with woven seats add that hygge textural element in the signature Scandinavian maple wood. The woven pendant adds another simple but textural element, while—along with the hutch— also adding contrast to the space. Everything is clean-lined and purposeful—all about adding small elements of joy to the space.

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scandinavian interior design7. Center Yourself with Coziness and Warmth

To add coziness and warmth, we layered in a small sheepskin rug under the table, hung heavy drapery on the windows, and added plenty of candles on the table. The table setting may seem busy at first glance, but the wooden serving bowls and simple dinnerware are practical but considered, and the candles and greenery add ambiance. In a hygge home, a dining room’s design is all about centering yourself around the meal and conversation happening at the table—whether you’re entertaining or just enjoying a family meal.

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5 Ways to Master A Rustic Bedroom Design

A common misconception about rustic style is that it’s always just some variation of the log cabin look. But if you’ve seen some of our favorite rustic bedroom designs, you know the style is far from one note – and it can work beautifully in a number of different ways.

For instance, there’s the refined rustic look, which is all about comfort, soft neutrals, and elegant furnishings with a classic bent. Then you have rustic farmhouse style, a mix of traditional and industrial design elements. And finally, a rustic minimal look strips out all ornamentation in favor of clean-lined pieces and very little styling.

All to say, nailing a rustic look in your bedroom isn’t exactly a simple formula – but it’s also not as difficult as you think. To get you inspired (and started) on your own rustic bedroom design, we’ve rounded up five of our most popular rustic looks. Read on to get our tips for bringing each bedroom look home.

rustic bedroom designThe Look: Rustic Warmth

Warm and inviting, this look is anchored by contemporary furniture with rustic notes. It’s one of our most popular design styles as it brings together modern designs that feel cozy rather than sleek and spare.

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The Key Elements

Rustic Warmth is all about streamlined furnishings that are welcoming. Think dressers and nightstands in darker wood tones, a hefty wood bed frame, a classic rug in updated colors, and accents that lend a livable vibe.

It’s Perfect If You…

Love a house that feels like home, meaning your spaces are guided by comfort and function first. This look might also appeal to you if you love the rustic look but still want your bedroom furniture to be modern and of-the-moment. Also, if you’re not one for lots of color and pattern, Rustic Warmth’s muted palette will feel just right.

coastal bedroom designThe Look: Rustic Coastal

In a nutshell, the rustic coastal look evokes a breezy beach cottage by the ocean. It’s casual and layered and the vibe is welcoming, lived-in, and down-to-earth.

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The Key Elements

This look is defined by a stylish mix of natural materials that add texture. Think natural-fibers, like sisal and jute, rattan, light weathered driftwood, relaxed linen upholstery and lightweight throw blankets. It also pulls in coastal elements, such as a palette of blues and whites that plays up a sense of serenity and recalls the ocean, as well as ocean-inspired accents and shell art.

It’s Perfect If You…

Are drawn to California’s rustic coastal homes or simply enjoy the laid-back vibe of those spaces. This look will also likely resonate with you if you love a room that feels relaxed but still chicly put-together.

rustic farmhouse bedroomThe Look: Vintage Farmhouse

This is probably the look that’s most like what you might traditionally imagine rustic style spaces to be. It has classic and industrial elements that recall farmhouse interiors and more than a hint of vintage.

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The Key Elements

The Vintage Farmhouse mix is comprised of handcrafted designs (metal sconces and wooden bench), vintage-style finds (candelabra chandelier, weathered-wood round mirror), and barn-like furnishings (spindle bed, rocking chair, weathered armoire). Carved details and small accents that give off an antiqued sensibility also add to the overall farmhouse feeling.

It’s Perfect If You…

Appreciate the perfectly imperfect, old-meets-new look, where traditional-looking pieces are arranged in a fresh, contemporary way. This might also be the look for you if you find beauty in well-crafted designs and spaces that convey a sense of history.

Rustic Bedroom with Bird PrintsThe Look: Rustic Farmhouse

A trendier take on vintage farmhouse style, rustic farmhouse has a lot of similar elements as modern farmhouse, but (naturally) with more of a rustic bent. (Confused by the difference? Check out a breakdown on three takes on farmhouse interior design style.) It has a beautiful way of balancing hard and soft, old and new, for a look that’s cozy and fresh.

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The Key Elements

Rustic farmhouse bedrooms mix rustic and traditional elements with a contemporary twist. Case in point: an antique-inspired spindle bed, rendered in a more contemporary shape. The same goes for natural materials like wood, leather, and linen: rugged but streamlined. Mixing of metals with plush layers of bedding creates that contrast between hard and soft, which visually echoes the high-contrast but neutral color palette. Whimsical artwork with antique-inspired vibes adds some distinct personality to the space.

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Love shiplap and need the perfect cozy, character-filled farmhouse bedroom to go with it. This is your classic Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna Gaines look—so if you’re a fan of their aesthetic, this is your look.

rustic minimal bedroomThe Look: Rustic Minimal

Think of this as the perfect blend of cool and warm, where pared-down vintage elements are combined with a calm, monochromatic palette. This is also the place where clean-lined design meets a touch of rustic charm.

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The Key Elements

Rustic minimal style is exactly what it sounds like: Streamlined furniture in rustic materials that lend depth and warmth to the room. There’s also an organic approach to furnishings and accents that are highly curated – think a perfectly slender metal console, a round wood mirror, mid-century-style stools in a distinct fabric, sparkling porcelain table lamps. Every detail and material is carefully chosen to have both simple and cozy appeal.

It’s Perfect If You…

Mostly prefer minimally styled spaces that still feel warm and inviting. If you don’t like having a lot of “stuff” but appreciate well-designed furniture and objects, this curated approach might appeal to you.

rustic bedroom designThe Look: Refined Rustic

Formal and elegant, this look presents rustic in a slightly more feminine and elevated light. With a bedroom, the refined rustic approach conjures up the feeling of a serene and sophisticated hotel in the countryside.

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The Key Elements

Keep to rustic furnishings that have a classic, formal twist. Design details, such as natural textures like linen, rattan, and weathered woods, help to play up the look. Look for pieces that have traditional silhouettes, like a nightstand with drawers and decorative pulls or a bench with turned legs. Finally, add accents that have vintage appeal, such as botanical art and ticking-stripe pillows. Just be sure to stick to soft hues for your palette.

It’s Perfect If You…

Like classic formal spaces but want them to feel slightly more approachable. This look is pure elegance with perfect ease to match, and it’s ideal for someone who prefers a space where rustic notes appear in more delicate and subtle ways.

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