Christmas might be over but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep that wintery, Hygge feeling around your home for a little bit longer. I don't know about you but taking down the Christmas tree, putting away the ornaments and blowing out the festive scents always leaves me feeling a little extra blue in the New Year, having had such an amazing Christmas time, I hate seeing it all come to an end. If jetting off to a wintery destination isn’t on the cards, why not bring that cosy, wintery destination decor to you?
I’m trying to focus all those fuzzy Hygge feelings in two areas of my home; the bedroom and the living room. These are the two places we spend most of our time at home, so yeah, I want to reap all my decorating efforts. Julian Charles has some fabulous winter decor inspiration so be sure to check them out.
Bare in mind that I live in a rented, furnished apartment so when it comes to decorating, I am limited to soft furnishings and knick knacks (because there’s no way I’m painting this place only to have to paint it back again when we leave!). That being said, I think with a few small changes, you can really change the feel of any room.
I’m all about that chalet feeling right now, so bring on the layers. Growing up, we seemed to have a very set pattern of one cushion here, one cushion there. Don’t be afraid to pile them up! Opt for different textures, shapes and sizes to add interest. I love using Design Seeds palettes for choosing my colour palettes and figuring out what shades go together - art was never my best subject but this makes it look like I have a real eye for colour.
Don’t just stop at cushions, throw throws everywhere. When we first moved in, I remember picking up one solitary throw - hah. As if that was going to be enough. Throws are the best when it comes to cosy home decor. Not only are they great for protecting rented furniture from wear and tear (top tip for renters there!) but they’re just so snug. Nothing beats cosying up under a throw, a silky hot chocolate in one hand and my latest read in the other. Pop that fireplace on Netflix and can you you say…..chill?
Let there be light! And I'm not talking about lamps or candles. When I think of Sweedish chalets, I think space. We can't all go knocking down walls and building extensions - but we can add light pieces of decor. Think pieces that are not solid, that have openings and gaps you can see through, wire display baskets or glass bell jars - these are great for reflecting light around the room too making everything seem more airy and spacious!
When I think chalet, I think wood. Warm, hardy, natural wood pieces of furniture. Though I can’t replace any of the big pieces of furniture in our home, I can accessorise with wooden based lamps, coasters and trays. It’s amazing how much warmer a home feels by adding touches of wood.
It really doesn’t take much to keep those winter-wonderful vibes going well into the New Year. What small changes do you make around the home to keep the seasonal vibes going?
Until next time,
Header Image: Coffee Table: Dane Deaner