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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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100 Years Later… How Today’s Stylists are Designing With Art Deco Influences

Do you love that quintessential “Great Gatsby” style or the bold geometric patterns found throughout the Empire State Building in New York? Then you might just be a fan of Art Deco style.

This iconic style is known for its symmetry and use of linear geometric patterns and luxurious materials. It’s a big, bold and glam style that has a bit of a vintage flair and creates a sense of approachable luxury. And an Art Deco color palette? It’s to die for.

The history of art deco design is quite interesting, and it’s had various resurgences in popularity over the past century—including right now. Art Deco interior design has been around for 100 years, with no plans of going away.

art deco interior designThe Building Blocks Of Art Deco Interior Design

Art Deco is an ornate design style, and it often feels slightly masculine due to its heavy use of geometric details and repetitive shapes and patterns. Depending on the room, you’ll notice this geometry in the furniture, lighting, accent decor, or artwork. The use of plush materials and velvet help to balance out and soften the geometric shapes.

With its penchant for luxury, Art Deco design tends to use materials that have an inherent ornamental quality to them. Marbles and granites, burl wood, as well as metals in silver, gold, and brass finishes are all perfect accompaniments to Art Deco interiors.

There are many ways to approach color in Art Deco interior design—from bold and moody palettes of dark greens, deep purples and blues, and black (like the living room above) to bright white palettes with just pops of dark greens, light pinks, or deep blues. But whatever color direction you go, you’ll see it paired with metallics in the accent furniture, decor, and lighting.

Modern Art Deco interior design mixes the key elements of this design style with other styles and eras, for a look that’s eclectic and unique. There are so many ways to bring this look to life today.

Want to bring a modern Art Deco look in your own home? Check out how our designers are styling spaces with Art Deco influences—and get ready to be inspired!

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art deco interior designOf-The-Moment Art Deco

This room is a more trendy take on Art Deco style, with some mid-century modern flair. While, overall, this room has a neutral color palette, a pop of statement color makes the space feel fresh and trendy. (As does the burl wood nightstand.) This is a very of-the-moment take on Art Deco, with a playful and youthful vibe.

The Key Elements:

Add a pop of luxurious color and texture. The pop of emerald green in the headboard sets the tone for an Art Deco-inspired space in an otherwise monochromatic neutral room. The headboard not only adds a pop of luxurious color but it also adds rich velvet texture.

Layer in sculptural decor. Sculptural elements have a quintessential Art Deco quality to them. While the glass pendant light and vase aren’t necessarily Art Deco in style, they add a sculptural element that gives a nod to the style.

Incorporate geometric patterns. Art Deco is all about geometric patterns. We incorporated some in this room through the subtle patterning in the rug.

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art deco interior designA Minimalist Take

Here’s a more minimalist take on Art Deco design. This space is more about shape and texture, which is where the Art Deco moments come into play. With a minimal approach to styling, the negative space lets the statement pieces, like the console and the lighting, really shine.

The Key Elements:

Add a sculptural element. The sculpted, scallop-front console table in this entryway helps set the tone for the space, bringing in that repeated linear element inherent to Art Deco interior design. This is supported by the soft, clean lines of the side chair. The chair’s velvet and caning elements also give a nod to Art Deco interior design.

Establish a glam color palette. Since this is a minimalist space, we didn’t want to use any bold colors. Instead, we leaned into a softer glam palette, with gold and soft pinks. This combination, along with pops of black for contrast, create a subdued but glamorous color palette.

Hang some statement lighting. When you think of statement lighting, you might think something big, bold, and sculptural. But we went in a different direction, with something smaller but very visually interesting. The tiered pendant sconce has Art Deco-inspired sculptural elements, and the color combination in the fixture also speaks to this design style.

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art deco interior designStreamlined And Simple

This is a more streamlined and contemporary take on Art Deco—yet the style still shines through in the actual structures and forms of the furniture pieces. There’s a transitional edge to the style of this room, and it doesn’t lean too hard in any style direction. It’s what we’d consider a more “safe” take on Art Deco design.

The Key Element:

Use foundational furniture to set the tone. In this dining room, the Art Deco style is brought to life through decorative touches on the foundational pieces. You can see this, specifically, in the base of the table—which is adorned with Art Deco-inspired metal pieces that create an intriguing silhouette and set the tone for the rest of the space.

Go “neutral” with supporting furniture. These chairs certainly have some Art Deco inspiration in their shape—but overall they’re more neutral in style. With their modern and contemporary influences that could easily translate into a different styled room. They look really nice paired with the table without taking away from its stunning design.

Paint dark walls for more of a statement. Dark walls add a more moody and glam edge to this space, which really complements the furniture. (In contrast, lighter walls would make this space skew more modern or set it more squarely in the transitional camp.)

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art deco interior designClassic + Luxurious Art Deco

This bedroom exemplifies a more “pure” take on modern Art Deco. It really leans into the luxe side of the side, with opulence coming through in the materials and the high-contrast color palette.

The Key Elements:

Use bold color to set the tone. A bold color scheme of emerald and gold is very Art Deco (and very luxe). This bold, high-contrast palette sets the style tone for the rest of the bedroom and gives it a more luxurious vibe.

Go dramatic with the furniture shapes and materials. The bed frame, while simple, has a bit of a grand and dramatic air to it, and pairs nicely with the burl wood nightstands, which are a little Art Deco in the natural ornamentation of the wood.

Use the supporting decor to drive home the style. The sculptural table lamps have some Art Deco influence in their shape, and the mirror behind the lamps, with their geometric metal detailing, drive home the style in this space.

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art deco interior designSmall Space, Big Style

Art Deco is a big and bold style. But that doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate elements of this design style in small spaces! This small bedroom is a prime example. More of a “less is more chic” take on Art Deco, this room is infused with glam design touches throughout, especially in the choice of materials.

The Key Elements:

Opt for a black-and-white color palette. Since this is a small space, Art Deco influences could easily make it feel over-the-top. But a black and white color palette—with plenty of pops of gold—keep the look more grounded, while still giving this space a glamorous feel.

Go glam with the patterns. Abstract polka dot patterns show up throughout this room—from the wall art to the pillows and bench. This adds a playful but glam element to the space. The gold palm wall art and the subtle foliage pattern on the nightstand glam up the space even further.

Lean Art Deco in shapes. Art Deco design is all about the bold use of shapes. Both the sunburst table lamp and the tiered effect of the chandelier show off some Art Deco influences, as does the oval shaped mirror, along with the gold frame. Talk about packing a tone of style into a small space!

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art deco interior designColorful + Modern Art Deco

This bedroom is a great example of a modern and minimal space using just hints of Art Deco influences in the art and finishes. This isn’t in-your-face Art Deco, but rather taking the shapes and colors often found in this design style and applying it on a more modern canvas.

The Key Elements:

Embrace color and pattern. Saturated pastels with a tropical twist really enliven this version of Art Deco. The mint green velvet of the bed frame gives a definite nod to Art Deco. And the colors and patterns in the rug add a playful element to the space.

Incorporate Art Deco-inspired shapes. While, overall, this bedroom leans more modern and transitional, subtle decorative elements bring in Art Deco influences. The repetitive geometric shapes throughout—seen in the rounded forms of the table lamp, the mirror, and the wall art—all pay homage to this style.

Layer in some gold + brass accents. To incorporate the glam element of this style, we layered in some gold and brass accents—in the legs of the bed, the frame of the table lamp, the drawer pulls of the dresser, and most notably in the floral-embossed nightstand.

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Unlikely Pairings: Tour This Home Designed in Industrial Glam Style

Combining two styles in one space can feel challenging—especially when the two styles in question seem to be polar opposites. But, whether you have seemingly “competing” interior design interests on your own, or you and a partner are trying to design a space with opposite styles, it can be done. In fact, combining two unlikely design styles may even create a beautiful new style. Case in point: industrial glam.

Industrial glam interior design is what it sounds like: a design style that mixes industrial and glam elements in the same space. The result is a chic, less-is-more space. But it’s probably best if we define these two styles individually before getting into what they’re like when combined.

What is glam style?

Glam interior design is bold and dramatic and often mixes unexpected design elements together. Some specific glam design ideas? Luxurious materials, like velvet or silk—along with curved, tufted sofas; plenty of metallic accents; and, of course, animal print. Glam spaces tend to be more formal in nature. But with its bold use of color and texture, there’s still plenty of room for play!

What is industrial style?

In stark contrast to the polished chic of glam style, industrial style celebrates all things rugged, raw, and vintage in interior design. This style really comes to life through the architecture of a space, so it’s particularly suited to loft spaces and converted warehouses—or spaces with exposed bricks or ductwork, or even just large, open rooms.

So, what is industrial glam design?

Simply put, industrial glam design is a bold, dramatic, and elegant style. In an industrial glam space, glam will be the underlying style, with industrial design elements used to accent the space. Industrial elements will be more supplementary than the space being equal parts glam and industrial. But, in that mix, you’ll also see nods to minimalism and even traditional design elements, proving that mixing two design styles is never a cut-and-dried affair.

The glam elements come through in materials, textiles, and finishes. You’ll see a lot of glam in the base furniture, from the shapes to the fabric, along with plush rugs and other soft textiles. These pieces are what really bring an element of luxury to the space. The industrial comes through in the accents—particularly in the lighting. But you’ll also see industrial elements come to life through side tables, artwork, and other decorative accents, as well as the overall celebration of architecture in the space.

Want to create an industrial glam look in your home? Keep reading to learn how to combine these two styles into a chic, minimal space!

The Industrial Glam Living Room

While this isn’t a loft or warehouse space, there is a sense of celebrating the architecture of the room, from the moldings on the wall to the high ceilings, showing the sophisticated way glam and industrial styles can mix together. The curved forms and pleated finish of the accent chairs drive home the glam in this space, while the lighting brings in more industrial elements. And then there’s the side tables. Marble can go glam or industrial. And while these tables have a clean shape and more glam finish, the raw nature of the stone leans industrial—making these tables the perfect manifestation of industrial glam style.

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The Key Elements:

Opt for more traditional layouts. Glam spaces tend to have more traditional layouts. And, since glam is the underlying style of this space, we opted for a symmetrical set-up to set the tone.

Decorate with a muted color palette. While glam can skew pretty colorful, we went for a more muted, earth tone color palette, which lends itself to a more masculine, industrial look. Browns and creams ground this look, while gold and brass accents add some sophistication.

Go modern with the artwork. In more straightforward industrial spaces, you’ll see art with more literal industrial elements; here, we wanted to go in a more modern direction which lends an element of sophistication to the space.

The Industrial Glam Bedroom

In a space that leans more minimal in design, the bed is the centerpiece of this room. But there are plenty of other design elements that help bring this space to life. A hide rug adds a hint of warmth, along with an organic shape to offset the hard lines of the bed. The industrial glam lighting adds nuance. And the industrial heaviness of the dresser and bedside tables contrasts with the minimal bed frame, helping visually balance out the space.

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The Key Elements:

Ground the room with a statement bed. This canopy bed is the main focus in the space. It sits at the crossroads of the two styles—with dark, heavy metal that evokes an image of exposed pipes, accented with the gold corner pieces that give it a polished feel. It acts as a sculptural element, creating a big, beautiful shape in the middle of the room.

Lean industrial with light fixtures. There are several light fixtures within this bedroom—from the chandelier to the sconce and two table lamps. And all of them sit squarely in the industrial camp. But the gold finish of the sconce and dresser lamp brings in a glam element, as do the spherical bulbs on the chandelier.

Bring in some quirkiness and warmth through the decor. In this space, the industrial glam decor brings an element of humanity and quirkiness into what could otherwise be a rather cold style. The hand sculpture is playful; that, along with the abstract portrait by the bed brings some warmth and life to the space. The bench at the end of the bed also has an unexpected playfulness to it with the built-in table, which adds some definite personality to the space.

The Industrial Glam Dining Room

In this home, the dining room is right off the living room, in an open-concept layout typical of industrial-style homes. Since these spaces are so closely connected, we incorporated design elements that helped visually tie the two spaces together and help them live harmoniously alongside each other. But we also added some contrast—like the amorphous hide rug under the dining table, which contrasts with the geometric elements in the living room.

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The Key Elements:

Echo shapes throughout the space. You’ll notice that, throughout the room, there are a lot of repeated shapes. The dining room chairs echo the shapes of the living room chairs, giving a modern glam feel to the space. The dining room chandelier repeats the shape of the mirror of the living room. This repetition of shapes helps tie the two spaces together and visually grounds the two rooms.

Incorporate modern, sculptural elements. A dining room table is the centerpiece of any dining room. We brought in a sleek, modern element through a tulip table that beautifully combines industrial and glam. It’s visually heavier than your typical tulip table (a nod to the industrial) but the gold strip around the edge of the tabletop adds a moment of glam. The contemporary glam chandelier adds a sculptural element to the space, that manages to both tie in and contrast with the living room chandelier.

Add a bar cart. A bar cart is a must in any glam space. Find one with a shiny finish or stone element. This is a piece of furniture where something flashy is definitely encouraged.

The Industrial Glam Entryway

We kept things very simple in this industrial glam entryway. With large, heavy furniture and minimal styling, it glides seamlessly into the living room while still making a statement on its own.

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The Key Elements:

Add some texture. Texture is another way to add some nuance and warmth to an industrial glam space. We did that with this room divider. While it’s not actually being used as a room divider, it adds visual intrigue while taking the industrial idea of found materials and bringing it to life in a modern, manufactured way.

Let your furniture do the talking. The pedestal table is heavy, making quite the statement in this open entryway. While overall it leans industrial, the carved details and ornateness of the base are very considered and lean toward the glam camp. We love the idea of keeping the styling minimal so that the furniture is the visual feature of the space. Which leads us to our next point…

Opt for minimal styling. The entryway table features nothing but a vase and some moody florals. While you could certainly add a tray for your keys and mail for added practicality, the idea is to keep this visually clean. That’s also why we opted to not style the built-in shelves on the room divider—but you could add books and decorative objects on some of the shelves while maintaining a more minimal vibe.

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Cabin in the Holly-Woods

We’ll be hibernating for the rest of Winter (maybe even some of Spring too) in this gorgeous “Cabin in the Holly-Woods” space. Part elegant hunting lodge, part wilderness chic, we designed this room for those who love rustic spaces with glamorous touches.

To start, we pulled together a base of hearty and comforting classic pieces, layered with delightful accents and luxurious statement pieces. Once the design was put together, we felt like our canvas – the room itself! – needed a little love. We decided some wall treatments were in order but, like many of you, we wanted to see the possibilities before committing. So, we came up with four options to choose from. We can’t decide, so pick your favorite!

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Blank Slate: For our original room we went with Benjamin Moore’s “Decorator’s White.” A slightly cooler shade, this choice creates a simple base for any interior and lets the furniture and materials speak for themselves.

Bold Color: Drama is the name of the game with this paint job. A bold and saturated green-blue hue, Benjamin Moore’s Salamander brings a breath of fresh-forest air inside our rustic glam space. We love how the gold accents and velvet sofa pop against this shade!

wood-panelingWood Paneling: This version of the space has been transformed by some peel-and-stick wood paneling from west elm. Available in four colors, we opted for the white-washed reclaimed wood for a fresh take on a “rustic cabin” staple.

wallpaperWhimsical Wallpaper: Piero Fornasetti’s Nuvolette wallpaper – “little clouds” in Italian – provides the stormy backdrop for the final version of our space. One of our favorite designers at Modsy, Fornasetti’s whimsical design transforms our glamorous cabin into a dreamy interior.

Stylist tip: We paired “Decorator’s White” with our Nuvolette wallpaper. The cooler white complements the wallpaper’s palette, where a warmer shade would feel oppositional.

If you like farmhouse chic, traditionally chic, or refined rustic spaces, you’ll be sure to love this collection! Not sure what your Modsy style is? Take our Style Quiz to find out.

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