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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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Dream Home Tour: A Rustic Minimalist Retreat

Meet Rustic Minimalist design. With similar notes of rustic elements and minimalism that are found in Organic Modernism, this new style is an earthier, warmer take on the modern and organic home.

It brings more focus to Scandinavian style furniture, the beauty of unfinished wood, and rustic materials and textures. They’re then tied together through a palette of cozy neutrals—warm whites and linen, stone gray and charcoal, natural fibers and wood tones. The result is this calming, livable, and inspiring rustic minimalist home of our dreams.

From a living room that’s rooted in Nordic comfort to a bedroom that’s all about serenity, read on for our design tips and the essentials you’ll need to bring the look into your own spaces.

rustic minimalist designThe Entryway

If you’re a fan of the Japandi look (Japanese meets Scandinavian), you’ll love how Rustic Minimalist style can immediately set a pared-down but cozy and livable tone in your entryway.

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The Key Elements

Think big, think natural. Anchor your entryway with one statement piece that highlights the beauty of materials from nature, be it a smooth stone console table or a carved raw wood cabinet. These pieces will establish a quiet, rustic vibe for the rest of your home.

Mix your materials. What makes this look so warm and grounded are the different earthy materials, such as raw woods, stone, porcelain, and blown glass. Lean into a combination of these textures and natural finishes as a way to add depth and play up an earthy comfort.

Styled by minimalism. Uncluttered styling allows the organic materials and finishes to be the star of the show, and it will keep your entryway feeling airy and serene. Go for neutral but sculptural decor pieces, such as a hefty stone lamp, a uniquely shaped vase, or a driftwood showpiece.

rustic minimalist designThe Living Room

When it comes to rustic minimalist interior design elements for your living room, keep to clean lines with natural materials in light finishes, and be sure to leave lots of negative space on your walls.

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The Key Elements

Seek out Scandinavian styles. Unlike other design looks, Rustic Minimalism is rooted in furniture that has a distinctly Scandinavian aesthetic. Think light wooden chairs with slender and streamlined silhouettes. Then pair them with upholstery in light grays and off whites.

Amplify textures. Because the palette is made up of mostly neutral tones, the way to instill comfort and warmth into your living room is by mixing various textures. Combine grainy wood pieces with woven poufs and caned accents. Finish off the look with a pop of earthy green velvet!

Keep things spare. Keeping your walls bare will allow your furniture and decor to shine here. Pull back on bold visual accents, such as colorful art and oversized mirrors, and instead hang a wall shelf that’s sparsely arranged with pretty vessels.

The Dining Room

In our Rustic Minimalist dream home, the dining room is the ultimate communal gathering spot. It’s a room that exudes organic elegance and simplicity, and it has an instantly soothing effect.

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The Key Elements

Go for all the wood. What lends warmth to the dining room is the different natural textures and finishes. Pull in a rough-hewn rustic wood dining table, carved spindle chairs, and a woven seagrass armoire to play up intricate graining and textures, which will convey a sense of comfort and earthiness.

Blend in pattern. Minimalism doesn’t mean skipping patterns altogether. Instead, choose a design that works with the hues of your space. This rug with a large-scale geometric motif in a sandy hue complements the wood tones while anchoring the room.

Create stark contrasts. Industrial-style elements, like a black woven bench, a steel pendant, a stone side table, and a single framed monochrome photograph on the wall will help balance out the wood tones. Spread them across your room to create mini focal points that captivate.

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The Home Office

This rustic workspace in our dream home reminds us that investing in a few key pieces is all you need to pull together a room that’s inviting, comfortable, and perfectly balanced.

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The Key Elements

Pick a rustic showpiece. In any home office design, a statement desk not only makes for a chic focal point but it can also inspire you to be more productive. Invest in a table that makes you happy to show up for work, like this weathered-wood finish desk that has an open and airy feel.

Work the white tones. Your home office needs to be functional but it should let you work with comfort and ease. Crisp white and off-white hues, like ivory, soft beige, and cream, in upholstery, ceramics, and accents will further play up a calming atmosphere.

Put minimalism on display. Take the time to style and organize your office bookcase. Layer in rustic minimal decor pieces, such as artisanal vases, woven baskets, art tomes, and paper-wrapped books, all of which will add to the overall restrained beauty of your office space.

The Bedroom

Our dream Rustic Minimalist bedroom is the exact opposite of spare and cold. It’s outfitted with a plush and cozy bed, light wooden furnishings, industrial lighting and accents, and a touch of traditional style.

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The Key Elements

Choose a modern bed. The trick to minimalism in the bedroom is making sure you invest in a bed that doesn’t overwhelm the space. Look for a neutral-hued bed with delicate tufting and details that add light visual texture. This way it will still pop but also recede a little into the room.

Trad it up softly. It’s easy to want to go with a light-color rug if you’re after a serene bedroom atmosphere, but there’s a way to work in pattern without breaking that calming spell. Try a washed traditional rug with a faded pattern. It will add depth without coming off as bold.

Opt for sleek lighting. Industrial wall sconces really round out our Rustic Minimalist bedroom. A pair flanking the bed adds balance, function, and sculptural appeal all at once. Carry through the streamlined lighting approach to the rest of the room with table lamps in a similar aesthetic.

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Dream Home Ideas: A Pure Haven of Rustic Warmth

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When it comes down to it, our signature Rustic Warmth style is defined by its cozy vibes and comfy furnishings that truly make a house a home. A perfectly curated rustic-relaxed mix sums up the look. Think family-friendly upholstery, warm wood tones, sleek industrial elements, and a dash of antique charm. It all adds up to a home that would even make Chip and Jo swoon.

If you love the Rustic Warmth style but don’t know how to bring the look to life, don’t fret. These rooms are always guided by comfort, so as long as you keep that in mind as your north star, you’re sure to nail the look. And pulling together the right furnishings and accents are actually much easier (and faster) than it seems.

Get inspired by the rustic haven our designers dreamed up below. And to help you get started on your own project, we’ve broken out each room with tips for bringing the look into your own home. Come along for the Rustic Warmth style home tour!

rustic warmth entryThe Entry

It’s easy to know when you’ve stepped inside a Rustic Warmth styled home. Starting with the entry, it has the look and feel of that elegant, light-filled farmhouse you’ve seen a million times on Instagram and Pinterest. It also has a way of immediately establishing a sense of ease with big comfort. Cozy accents abound, from durable rugs to inviting art and textiles, and a neutral palette plays up a calming air.

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rustic warmth entryThe Key Entry Elements

Start With Function. For as good as rustic interiors look, they’re always designed for comfort and function. A slender console and spindle bench turn this entry into the perfect welcome spot. The console serves as a convenient catchall while the Windsor-style bench, a contemporary take with washed light wood, makes for the ideal pass-through seating.

Go Big on Rustic Accents. No need to hold back even if it is the entry. Rustic Warmth style is all about layering in small accents that play up cozy patterns. So pile on the plaid and mud cloth pillows, global-style rugs and natural fibers, and botanical art and weather wood frames. Just remember to keep everything cohesive with a neutral color palette.

Mix Warm and Sleek. To instantly set the Rustic Warmth tone in your home, play up a mix of metals and warm textures. Consider hanging a sleek metal pendant light to start. Then mix in a woven lamp and baskets galore, which will add functional storage as well as dial up the warmth.

living roomThe Living Room

The Rustic Warmth living room isn’t all rustic. What defines it is a considered blend of comfortable upholstery along with relaxed accents. It’s the kind of space you can spend hours in with kids or host an evening gathering with friends. The pieces have a way of putting anyone at ease.

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living roomThe Key Living Room Elements

Set a Strong Foundation. A sturdy and comfortable sofa is essential in the Rustic Warmth living room. It’s a grounding piece that prioritizes comfort and makes way for piles of plush pillows. Ditto the armchairs and accent seating you pull in to go alongside the sofa. These should be generously sized with deep seats, and if they have vintage appeal, even better! Crisp white upholstery never fails to add to the overall welcoming vibe.

Get into Your Materials. And this isn’t limited to just textured pillows; it extends to all the small details. Consider raw unfinished wood furniture frames, linen upholstery and throws, a jute rug and woven ottomans, and even hefty metal accents. It’s all the materials and textures you’ll find in your dream farmhouse space.

Finish With Lush Touches. With so many materials and textures at play, lively greenery and botanical notes will round out the look. Think tall eucalyptus branches in floor vases for corners and a healthy array of landscape and the floral art, which will further add rustic charm.

dining roomThe Dining Room

Ease and elegance are at the heart of the dining room, where traditional farmhouse style and industrial elements are the focus. But the mix is far from formal. Instead, a cozy palette along with large-scale furnishings make this a perfect gathering spot for casual family meals and big dinner parties with friends alike.

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rustic warmth The Key Dining Room Elements

Try a Modern Rustic Palette. With the dining room, creating a space that feels warm but not too farmhouse-like means leaning into a crisp, modern color story. For the Rustic Warmth look, a combination of black, white, and warm wood tones is a surefire formula that always delivers. Go with chairs that have black metal details and mix it with white slipcovered seats; bring in black-and-white equestrian photography and pair it with a patterned jute rug in similar shades. Then be sure to use large wood anchor pieces, as in the console cabinet and dining table here.

Multiply Your Light Sources. Fixtures above the dining table are a given, but they’re often not enough. To play up the rustic look, some metallic sconces and a table lamp will give the dining space the same homey feel as the rest of the space. Last but not least, don’t forget that a mirror can also act as a great light source since it reflects rays around the room. Choose a round mirror for maximum effect.

Think Beyond Dining. What makes a Rustic Warmth style dining room stand out is that it’s not a space designed purely for entertaining and dining. Comfy living room elements, such as a settee, woven side table, and a spindle chair are great additions for further instilling a homey atmosphere.

rustic warmth The Office

What we love most about this home office is the shiplap walls, which sport a coat of gray paint that switches the look up from its normal white-washed vibe. It creates a cozier atmosphere that’s more in line with the Rustic Warmth look. Coupled with all the natural light, this home office is at once an inspiring workspace and hideaway.

The Key Office Elements

Contrast With Warm Tones. While everywhere else in the home is all about cozy neutrals, the office is a space where you can layer in warmer tones to keep it from feeling too formal of a workspace. Try a rustic, cozy red rug that instantly gives the space a welcoming, lived-in vibe. A dark bookcase will help to emphasize the beautiful contrast.

Pull in Lots of Chairs. Resting spots defined by different comfy seating will do wonders to elevate and ease up any home office space. The idea is that it will inspire and encourage breaks from your work desk. Try mixing it up with an office chair, a plump armchair, and even a rocking chair, which will add lovely antique elegance that adds more contrast.

Get Personal With Accents. More than any space in the home, your office is the place to put your favorite personal objects on display. Whether it’s meaningful photographs or books, display them as decor in your home office. If you want to take the rustic look to the next level, try covering your books in paper to give your shelves a streamlined monochrome look.

rustic warmth bedroomThe Master Bedroom

For the perfect Rustic Warmth style bedroom, it’s all about pieces that have major rustic style. They don’t have to be large, but they should make a bold rustic statement, be it a metal-and-wood framed bed or a captivating photo or a floor-length mirror. Likewise, you want to layer lots of soft textures to play up outsize comfort.

bedroomThe Key Master Bedroom Elements

Lean into Industrial. There’s room to go for a slightly more industrial take on rustic in the bedroom, where statement furniture pieces can add plenty of warmth. Sleek designs with strong angles, such as the clean-lined bed and nightstands along with the dresser, give this master bedroom a warm, inviting look that’s far from steely.

Soften Sharp Lines. With so many bold angles, you’ll want to layer in lots of soft textiles (even a woven bench) for a soft touch that takes the edge off of the sleek silhouettes. Take all materials into consideration, from wool to leather to knit textiles. These details will work nicely alongside their industrial counterparts.

Make Minimal (a little) Colorful. It’s all about having a neutral or little color with the Rustic Warmth look, but it never means stark black and white. As you saw with the dining room, warm wood tones and leathers can make for natural colors that add immense warmth. Use those to ease up the sharp furniture shapes in the bedroom. If the all-white bed is starting to look too crisp, a pop of pink or blue or bright primary shade can work wonderfully. Just one bright hue, though!

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