31 Hygge Home Ideas will give you recommendations on making your living space as cozy as possible while infusing your personality into every corner of your home.
“Home is shelter from storms, all sorts of storms.” – William J. Bennett
What is a hygge home?
A happy, hygge home is all in the details. You want to create an environment that speaks to your soul and exhibits warmth for all that enter your front door.
If you look at influencer’s homes, you can see the trends that come and go. One year dark granite countertops are all the rage. The next year, white marble is the favorite choice.
Instead of trying to keeping your home styled with the latest trends, how about decorating the hygge way?
It’s the way of making your home beautiful through cozy elements that you and your family love. Trends come and go, but cozy is forever.
Whether you’re partial to the modern farmhouse, English cottage, cottage, modern, minimalist, country, traditional, rustic, French Country, Shabby Chic, coastal, Scandinavian, bohemian, or industrial decor style – cozy elements are easy to incorporate.
One of the Cozy Living members has a beautiful home, and she has created a hygge home her family loves. Her decorating style is a combination of four different styles, all rolled into one.
Imagine that the snow is falling outside, and you start to prepare stew on the stovetop. The bread is in the oven, making your entire home smell intoxicating. You set your table and light the candles because friends are on their way over for dinner. As you glance around your rooms, they warm your heart because you know they were created with love.
Write down what you think this home looks like. That’s YOUR vision of creating hygge at home. Now, it’s time to bring that vision to life.
I’ve been to several hygge homes that just oozed coziness. You can feel the warmth the moment you walk in the door.
My aunt and uncle’s house in Vermont was the ultimate example of a hygge home. Her kitchen bay window had glass suncatchers that a local artist made. She had one of those large antique black cast iron stoves in her kitchen and homemade candles everywhere.
A cousin that lives in Montana grows lots of fresh basil in her home, and it smells like spring, even in the middle of winter.
You can take bits and pieces of what you love in other people’s homes and weave them into the perfect recipe for a happy home.
If you decide to create a home that looks and feels cozy, it doesn’t have to cost much to achieve. You just have to look at decorating differently.
Creating a home that nurtures your soul and provides shelter from the world’s harshness is a goal worth achieving. Home is where the hygge is.
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Here are the Hygge Home Ideas:
Hygge Home Style #1 – Create a nook
Putting together a cozy space for you to curl up in at the end of the day is very hygge indeed.
You’ll want to have a large, sink-into comfortable chair, rocker, loveseat, or chair with an ottoman. Add a few pillows and a warm throw that you can grab when nights get chilly.
Add a small side table with a lamp and tray filled with a few of your favorite things.
No hygge nook would be complete without a candle or two. Did you know they have candles with wood wicks, and when you light them, they sound like a crackling fireplace? You can find one here on Amazon.
I have an old breadboard on my side table that serves as my tray. A large soy candle, antique silver serving pieces with succulents inside, a miniature picture of my grandfather, and a book all share the spotlight on my side table.
My lamp is a pale blue tall toleware lamp from Italy that I recently found in an antique store. It is simple and yet stunning at the same time.
When creating your nook, what types of things are must-haves for you? How can you make it feel like a safe space for you after a busy day?
Hygge Home Decor Ideas #2 – Library
You don’t have to have a room dedicated to books to have your own library inside your hygge home.
It can be as small as a shelf or as large as multiple bookshelves next to each other to give your favorite books a place of honor.
I think books are a window to the soul. You can look at someone’s bookshelf, and in just a couple of minutes, know more about them than you would with hours of conversation.
“Books, for me, are a home. Books don’t make a home–they are one, in the sense that just as you do with a door, you open a book, and you go inside. Inside there is a different kind of time and a different kind of space.” –
I can’t imagine a hygge home that’s not filled with books. Whether it’s cookbooks, novels, or memoirs you collect – they are treasures that should take center-stage in your home.
Another idea is to have one of those “Free Library” stands in front of your hygge home. It’s a book exchange for your entire neighborhood to enjoy. One of my neighbors in my last neighborhood made one, and it had frequent visitors!
Hygge Home Ideas #3 – Coffee/Tea/Hot Cocoa Station
In the Cozy Living Group, several members have shown off a small kitchen area dedicated to their love of coffee, tea, or hot cocoa.
One member likes to decorate the beverage station according to the season. She even changes the add-ons for beverages when the seasons change.
This small space lets her family know they are loved and embrace the flavors that take centerstage each month.
If you don’t have much space in your kitchen, don’t worry – there are other options. How about getting a three-tiered tray organizer to hold all your supplies? You can find one here on Amazon that has that farmhouse look.
The first tray can hold a teapot, a couple of mugs, measuring spoons, a tea strainer, a small basket of teas, or cocoa packets. The second tray can hold your add-ons like small jars of herbs for teas, jars of marshmallows, and crushed peppermint candies. The third tier can hold shakers with cinnamon, chocolate sprinkles, and nutmeg.
Hygge Home Design Ideas #4 – Centerpieces for Your Table
I was watching a cooking show that Alice Waters had made. She talked about centerpieces for the table and how important they are to create a beautiful environment.
Alice loves creating centerpieces that were made of nature and showed off its simple elegance.
She took a wooden bowl and lined it with persimmon leaves from her backyard tree. The leaves had green, red, and orange colors. She laid fall fruit like persimmons, oranges, and pomegranates on top of the leaves.
It was effortless – yet stunning.
Some other ideas you can use for table centerpieces are a mason jar filled with fresh seasonal flowers, a cluster of three candles on a large slice of wood, an antique silver bowl filled with nuts and a nutcracker, and a white cake stand with a pile of lemons stacked on top.
You don’t want to make your centerpiece tall because it obstructs everyone’s view of each other.
Hygge Home Idea #5 – Happy memories
Our lives are full of happy memories. Why leave them tucked away in the corners of your mind when you can add some sentimental touches to your home at the same time?
One of my favorite people I’ve ever met in my life was my grandfather. This man was the very definition of “good.” I love to see his pictures grace my home.
My favorite picture of him is with my sister and me at the dinner table. He was eating a piece of cake, and I crawled across the table and took some of his cake. He was laughing at the audacity of his grandchild, taking some of his treats.
That picture is on a shelf in my kitchen. I get to see it every single day and smile.
I recently read a story on Facebook of someone’s mom that passed away. Her daughter took the burnt orange suede skirt that she wore for special occasions and commissioned a local upholstery shop to cover her ottoman with her skirt.
What things do you have that should be taking center stage in your hygge home?
Hygge Home Idea #6 – Natural view
Your home is filled with windows. What is your view of the world, and how can you improve it?
I recently moved into a new home and was recently stunned by a camellia bush bursting into bloom in front of my bedroom window. Its hot pink flowers are now something I’m greeted with as I begin each day.
There are so many bushes and plants surrounding the house, and I haven’t had the time to figure out what each plant is and what they would look like through the changing seasons.
Before me, there was only one homeowner who took care of it for thirty years. She had the wisdom to want to see something magical outside her bedroom sanctuary.
It got me thinking of how I can improve the views out every window?
Whether you add a hanging plant, strategically place a bird feeder, or add a window box – they will each add an element of beauty to the sight.
I love the idea of adding a bird feeder outside a window. My neighbor put her bird feeder outside her kitchen table window. She enjoyed her breakfast each morning, watching the birds gorge themselves on tasty seeds.
Hygge Home Idea #7 – Welcome mat
My welcome mat says, “home.” I found the mat when I was exploring an island with my cousin’s child. I hadn’t found my new home yet, but I knew that the welcome mat would be the one that greeted me when I returned home each day.
One of the Creating a Cozy Life members just showed off her vintage truck welcome mat with a Christmas tree in the truck’s bed. She was looking for the perfect mat to create the right look for her hygge home.
You can also change out your welcome mat to compliment the seasons. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to give your home a fresh look whenever the seasons change.
Hygge Home Idea #8 – Coat/Peg racks
What is it about peg racks that make my heart swoon? I especially love the racks made out of vintage and antique materials.
You can complement any decor with these racks, and they add such a cozy element to every room they grace the walls.
Not only are the racks themselves wonderful to look at, but you can hang so many fun items from the racks. I have an antique sweater resting on one of my hooks. I’m sure you have a favorite cozy sweater you would love to have out in the open.
I love the vintage feel a hook rack gives the living room.
You can change your racks seasonally. You can hang an old-fashioned straw hat and summer tote to the rack in the summer, for example.
Hygge Home Idea #9 – Romantic Touches
Adding a bit of romance to your home is a fun way to making things even more beautiful.
Romantic touches don’t have to cost very much money. Do you have any crystal bowls hidden away in cupboards? Dust them off and float some floating candles and fresh flowers for a stunning effect.
A collection of candlestick holders or a candelabra transforms an ordinary room into one that is swoon-worthy.
One of my favorite things that adds a romantic touch to anything it touches is velvet. I like to use velvet in the matting of my pictures and paintings.
Velvet throws also adds a luxurious touch to a chair or couch.
Hygge Home Idea #10 – Houseplants
Houseplants are one of the most wonderful things you can add to your home. Since my recent move, I’ve been on the hunt for some fun new house plants.
I took some of my tarnished vintage silver serving pieces and turned them into planters with a little gravel at the bottom and potting soil. The serving pieces take center-stage on top of an old rustic breadboard in the center of my coffee table.
At my local grocery store, I found two Norfolk Island Pine Trees each four feet tall. I’m going to use them to hang seasonal ornaments on the branches.
Old tins with advertising graphics, vintage colanders, teacups, and colorful bowls would make beautiful planters.
Terrariums are also a beautiful option for adding houseplants to your home.
Hygge Home Idea #11 – Artwork
Having things in your home that an artist poured their heart into is hygge, in my opinion. Whether you add paintings, prints, sculpture, pottery, handmade quilts, weavings, or woodwork – each piece adds a touch of originality and warmth to any home.
I collect vintage paintings that are time-worn. I love the look of something that has been around a while, and that’s not in perfect condition.
My favorite painting I bought at a thrift store for $25. I just walked into the store and saw it out of the corner of my eye. I couldn’t get to it fast enough.
I’m going to put together a gallery display of vintage paintings on my stairway wall. Artwork adds a lot of character to every room they grace.
I know someone that likes to collect whimsical sculpture pieces. She likes to have at least one piece in every room.
Another art dealer I’m acquainted with collects primitive pieces made out of wooden matches. He loves looking at the pieces and imagining the artist painstakingly gluing each match in place.
Framing old botanical artwork from vintage books is a simple way to add beauty to your walls. You could add visual interest to picture mats by covering them with the material, dictionary pages, or even maps.
Whatever artwork you put in your home, make sure it speaks to your soul.
Hygge Home Idea #12 – Baskets
Baskets are a wonderful accessory for your hygge home. They make storing items easy and look good at the same time.
I have a basket with three different compartments that hold my remote control to the television, coasters, pens, and a notepad. I keep it in my living room on the side table.
A basket is also next to my fireplace, holding my favorite English Cottage magazines.
One of my friends has a large basket under her living room side table that holds extra blankets and pillows.
Hygge Home Idea #13 – Unique dishes
Unique dishes are a great way to celebrate every meal you have in your home.
Some of us like a neutral color of dishes like white to showcase the food we serve, and others like the variety look of patterned pieces.
Personally, I have both. I love having mismatched dishes that have character. I also use the serving pieces to decorate my shelves and home because I love them so much.
Some of my transferware plates hang on my wall as decor in my dining room.
Homemade pottery dinnerware is also a wonderful way to add charm to your kitchen tables. I love thinking about the love and pride that went into every piece made by the artist.
When a kitchen store near me went out of business, I bought their hand-forged mug display rack to house my pottery mug collection.
By having mismatched pieces, you have a memory associated with every “find.”
Hygge Home Idea #14 – Nature table or bookcase
In one of the online groups I belong to, a woman had a small table in her home dedicated to nature. She went on daily walks with her children, and they would look for treasures to add to the bounty.
I love the idea of having a small table or bookcase that showcases each season.
The idea is to collect nature items that you retrieve on your walks or vacations and display them on your table or bookshelves.
Here are some ideas:
A small wooden bowl filled with acorns adds a fall touch to a room.
Pinecones or pretty rocks heaped in a small basket or tray add a rustic element.
A tray of seashells if you live near the beach.
Plants that you propagated from plants you encountered on your nature walks.
Fall leaves that you iron between wax sheets, so they hold their beauty.
A jar of your daily nature stories that you captured on paper.
Branches of pussy willows in a vase.
Hygge Home Idea #15 – Wall paint
Paint is one of the easiest ways to transform a home for little expense.
How much thought do you put into the color of paint that you use in each room?
When I bought my house, it had a cream-colored paint and wood elements. I ended up painting the house white to brighten the space and take advantage of my windows’ views. The living room was painted in a pale blue that changes color depending on the weather.
Spas use blue and green colors on their walls because they know these soothing colors calm the mind.
Warm colors on your walls are welcoming and nurturing. Oranges, yellows, and red hues are more stimulating.
If you’ve ever stood in a paint store trying to figure out what is the best color to pick, I know your pain. Joining decorating groups online will help you with this problem. They have tried different paints and colors and know which ones work best.
Hygge Home Idea #16 – Old-Fashioned Fixtures
Old-fashioned fixtures are back in style, and they are a fun way to give your home character.
You can either use real antique fixtures or easily purchase reproductions for the same amount of money as modern fixtures.
There’s something about having a gooseneck faucet in your kitchen that can easily rinse out deep pots that appeals to all of us that spend time in the kitchen.
They have the fixtures in various finishes, so matching your home decor isn’t a problem.
Hygge Home Idea #17 – Lighting
Lighting is one of those things that is overlooked when decorating a home. It’s one of the most important elements when you’re looking to create a cozy home.
Ideas like using schoolhouse lights in your kitchen can provide light for tasks or ambiance when you have them on a dimmer switch. Hanging vintage lanterns from your front porch can create a magical setting to relax and enjoy the evening air.
Even curtains now have fairy lights sewn in to create a starry background to any room.
Adding small lights in bookcases, cupboards, and shelves also help establish a cozy mood throughout your home.
One of my favorite lighting tips is to have a small light hanging over important pictures or paintings in your rooms to showcase their style.
Using vintage items that weren’t originally meant for lamps and having them repurposed into them is a fun way to add whimsy to your home.
Old tins, silver coffee pots, garden statues, old toy metal trucks, antique typewriters, galvanized buckets as chandeliers, and antique fans can all be transformed into lighting.
Candles are also a must in any cozy home. Electric candles, chunky candles, wood-wick candles, candlesticks, and votive candles are just some of the possibilities to explore.
And last but not least are fairy lights. I don’t know if you can ever have too many fairy lights. They transform every space into a magical getaway.
Hygge Home Idea #18 – Grouping collections.
I’ve always thought it funny how so many people have collections of things that mean a great deal to them, and they end up tucked away in a closet or garage – never to see the light of day.
Collections of smaller items have a greater impact when grouped together, like these vintage coffee pots displayed.
I love to show off my collections and have them in full view for everyone to see. My vintage paintings are in every room of my house.
The blue-tinted mason jars I collect hold my grains and dried beans and are displayed on a shelf. And my collection of cookbooks are pretty much everywhere in little stacks that I can pick up and browse through.
Is there a way you can display the things you love and make them part of your decorating plan?
Hygge Home Idea #19 – Curtains
Curtains are such a beautiful accessory to your windows. They are also a wonderful way to draw out the colored accessories in your room.
I absolutely love my living room curtains. They are white with a coral-colored pattern weaved throughout them. They look faded with time (even though they are new) and add such simple elegance to the room.
I’m looking for the perfect curtains to switch them out within the winter season. I want curtains that look a little heavier, like velvet. It might take me years to find the right pair, but I’m ok with that because decorating a hygge home is a process.
White lace curtains that let sunlight peek through the panels create a kaleidoscope of light on your floors and walls can also create a little magic in your rooms.
In my last home, I used three vintage pillowcases folded in half on a curtain rod as my kitchen window’s valance.
Vintage tablecloths, bedspreads, handkerchiefs strung together, and blankets have all been repurposed into new drapes and valences.
Hygge Home Idea #20 – Rugs
Rugs are such a wonderful way to cozy up your home. They can add a pop of color and warm texture to any room that needs a little love.
If you want to define a space in your house, rugs are a great way to accomplish that mission. This works well, especially for larger rooms or small spaces.
Rugs are also a great way to warm up hallways or otherwise dead space. If you have wood or tiled flooring, rugs will also help with sound absorption.
Like curtains, switching out rugs is a great way to change the seasonal decor in your hygge home. A thick, antique wool jeweled colored rug would look beautiful in winter, and a natural jute rug could be a way to usher summer touches into your home.
Hygge Home Idea #21 – Fireplace
Whenever I think of the word “cozy,” the first image that springs to mind is a fire roaring in a rustic fireplace. There’s a reason for that.
Warming yourself in front of a fire is one of the most relaxing things you can do for yourself. Add a book and a cup of tea, and it’s a match made in heaven.
If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace, it’s one of the easiest ways to create a more hygge home by making sure to use it as the focal point of the room.
The mantle is also the perfect way to add touches of your personality in each season. Changing the mantle decor like pictures, pottery, boxes, plants, and vases is easy for a fresh new look.
Add a seasonal garland to the mantle for even more character. Dried orange slices on a string for fall, garland with white lights for winter, flowers for spring, and seashells strung together for summer looks beautiful.
Hygge Home Idea #22 – Accessories with character.
Home decor that has patina from time-worn use adds visual interest throughout your home.
Some examples of time-worn pieces are rustic chalkboards, old metal signs, silhouettes, garlands and banners, architectural salvage like chippy corbels, reclaimed railings, wooden dough bowls, mason jars, vintage tins, and stained-glass windows.
I love my pig cutting board I found at a garage sale. He’s got that aged look and adds a whimsical touch to my kitchen. My little pig probably has many stories to tell of all the meals he assisted with preparing.
There’s a wooden chainsaw carved bear that stands guard on my front porch steps, welcoming all that pass by. I found him at a thrift store a couple of years ago.
Hygge Home Idea #23 – Textures
Adding various textures in our homes is a great way of creating a cozy look with minimal effort.
Think about how many different ways you can add a variety of texture to every room.
Flannel, linen, cable-knit, velvet, faux fur, wool, cotton, lace, and silk are different fabric choices for home decor.
You can even add texture to your walls with plaster, brick, shiplap, and paneling.
I love to add ceiling medallions before installing chandeliers. Painting the ceiling medallion the same color as your ceiling lets the ornate elements of the medallion stand out.
A leather couch or chair can add warmth to a room that you want to add a rustic touch. A velvet vintage side chair adds a romantic element to any space.
The possibilities are endless.
Hygge Home Ideas #24 – Blankets and throws
Blankets and throws are a must in any hygge home. Snuggling under the covers on the couch, in your favorite chair, or bed is one of life’s greatest pleasures when there’s a chill in the air.
Make sure you have throws and blankets that give you that cozy vibe.
One of my dogs Grayson, has claimed her favorite blanket as the one that my sister gave me. I call it “Grayson’s thunder blanket” because whenever there’s any thunder – she dives under it for safety.
If the thunder blanket is in the bedroom, that’s where you’ll find Grayson. When the blanket gets moved to the living room – she’s parked there. The other morning I woke to find the thunder blanket was almost off the bed. Only a corner of the blanket was still there. Grayson was lying on top of that little corner, practically falling off the bed.
Grayson is on to something – I think we all deserve our own thunder blanket.
Hygge Home Ideas #25 – Pillows
Throw pillows are an inexpensive way to transform your space if you’re looking for ideas on how to add hygge to your home.
Would you like a pop of color? Add a throw pillow to your couch or chair that gives you that in an instant.
The great thing about pillows is they can add a layer of luxury, art, whimsy, rustic, beauty, or homespun novelty, depending on what pillows you pick.
Pillows are one of the easiest ways to change your rooms to match the season, along with blankets and throws.
Hygge Home Ideas #26 – Little luxuries
Little luxuries – don’t you love those two words together? When it comes to your home – what are little luxuries?
I’m glad you asked.
They are items you have in your home that leave you feeling pampered. We all deserve to be pampered. Often we forget to give ourselves those simple indulgences.
For some, a little luxury would include having a bath tray for your tub, so when you’re relaxing in the tub, you have somewhere to put your book, sponges, soap, and bath salts.
Maybe breakfast trays for your bedroom would speak to your heart. Who says we have to jump out of bed to start our day? Why not take one morning a week to enjoy your breakfast in bed with your significant other?
Other little luxuries for your home include having a cozy robe to slip into after a hard day’s work, English teacups for an afternoon tea break, Artisan food tucked away in the cupboards for when you want a little pick-me-up, and fresh flowers in cut-crystal vases throughout your home.
Hygge Home Idea #27 – Cozy front door
When you arrive at home, you want to be able to release any tension you might have encountered in your day the moment you turn your key into your front door lock.
Having a welcoming front door is one of the best ways to add curb appeal and create a feel-good environment at the same time.
Some of the ways to make your front entrance more cozy are adding a whimsical door knocker, painting your front door a different color than the rest of the house, adding a seasonal wreath to the front door, buying a unique porch light, and adding fairy lights around the entrance of your home.
Hygge Home Idea #28 – Natural wood
Natural wood adds rich rustic depth to any area.
In my house, I have both painted wood furniture and natural wood furniture. Mixing the two is a look I absolutely love.
Kitchen tables, side tables, coffee tables, bookshelves, and wood kitchen countertops are all options for adding natural wood to your hygge home decor.
If you want to add accessories peg racks, wooden bowls, wooden boxes, wooden stools, and wood framed mirrors or pictures, add those rustic touches to your rooms.
Hygge Home Idea #29 – Cozy gathering spots
Are you able to add more hygge gathering spots at your home? Adding a fire pit and chairs to your backyard is a simple way to spend quality time with your loved ones and enjoy the outdoors.
A friend of mine had no carpentry skills at all and decided to build her own small deck. It’s now the gathering place for her friends. They helped her create a lush garden around the space – and are rewarded with the perfect place to catch up on their lives.
Hygge Home Idea #30 – Wallpaper
Recently, I’ve become obsessed with wallpaper. The great thing about it is you don’t have to wallpaper every wall. Just wallpapering one wall can create a whole new look for any room.
If you live in a rental home or apartment or don’t like the look of wallpaper on your walls – you can also opt to wallpaper the inside space of a hutch or bookshelves to achieve still the look you desire.
There are so many wonderful wallpaper patterns, and the hard part will be picking which ones to use!
Hygge Home Ideas #31 – Creating vignettes
You know how you go into a home decor store, and show a little display of how their items look placed together? That’s called a vignette.
There’s an art to making hygge home vignettes, but with some experimenting, the look they give your space is well worth the time invested.
I rearranged the shelf in my kitchen over ten times before I balanced the pieces I was showcasing to achieve the right look I wanted.
You want to create varying heights with your vignettes, so your display is interesting.
To add height to your displays, you can use small boxes, step stools, trays, and books.
A light source should also be on your vignette if that works.
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