The hygge home: 8 cosy home decorating ideas to try this weekend

Easy ways to inject some hygge-style cosiness into your life, whatever your budget.

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flowers, candle and cup of milk with cookies

Make yourself a mug of cocoa and pull up a footstool – it’s time to embrace the Danish hygge lifestyle.

1. Snuggle up in soft furnishings

The fast track to a hygge-style home is making your living spaces as comfortable as possible. That means soft and snuggly blankets in natural materials like wool and brushed cotton, deep-piled rugs you’ll want to sink your toes into, and maybe a splash of fake fur or sheepskin here and there.

plaid wool blankets

2. Invest in beauty

It’s often the little things that make a house a hygge home. In the words of a certain decluttering icon, before you buy something for your home ask yourself whether it ‘sparks joy’. It’s better to have four mugs you absolutely love, than a cupboard full of ‘three for two’ bargains. That said, you certainly don’t need to break the bank to have a hygge style home…

3. Head to the charity shop

A true hygge home isn’t about seeking perfection. There’s joy to be found in antique linen tablecloths, vintage vases and charity-shop bargains. A duvet that’s been washed a few dozen times is likely to be a lot softer than one taken straight out of a packet. And the odd mark or small hole often just adds to the appeal.

4. Try some DIY home decor

The joy of a handmade patchwork quilt is knowing there isn’t another one like it anywhere in the world. And you really can make it anything you want it to be. A repeating hexagon pattern is ideal for using up small scraps of fabric. Or go for a more modern (and less time-consuming) option with large squares of co-ordinating material. Cosy home ideas don’t need to break the bank. Search online for fat quarters (a type of cut fabric that’s great for patchwork and quilting) or head to your local haberdashery shop to delve into the oddments bin (AKA a hygge decor treasure-trove).

5. Bring in some greenery

Houseplants are so hot right now and definitely count as hygge in our book. They can also help to purify the air. There are plenty to choose from, but if you’re on a budget, why not see if you have any plants languishing in your garden that could be brought inside for the colder months? Pelargoniums (often known as geraniums) tend to perish in winter frosts, but will flower most of the year round if they’re warm and cosy. So get digging…

plant in white ceramic pot

In need of a pretty pot for your new plant? Find out how to upcycle a tin can into a planter.

6. Consider colours

We all love our neutrals, but a few splashes of warm colours are a must. A Scandi-style coral photo frame here and a colourful crocheted throw there can make all the difference.

7. Turn the lights down low

Glaring overhead lights do not a hygge home make. Lamps are your friend, whether they’re sat on a table or standing tall from the floor. And you can’t beat a flickering flame, whether it’s from an open fire or just a lovely DIY scented candle. Which brings us on to our final point…

8. Embrace aromatherapy

Fragrance has the power to transport us to our childhood, lift our spirits or help us unwind. Invest in an aromatherapy oil burner or wax melt burner to fill your home with natural fragrances that soothe your soul. And breathe...

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