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It's time to embrace the hygge trend...

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The seasons are changing which calls for a new-season restyle, so why not add a touch of Scandinavian flair? Here’s our guide on how to cosying up your home for autumn.

What is hygge?

Hygge is a key lifestyle trend of the Danish culture. It’s a quality of cosiness and contentment that can be translated into the home. That cosy feeling can be achieved through many ways and we’ve shortlisted a few below.

Cosy lighting

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The lighting you choose makes a big impact on the general atmosphere of your home. You can create dim, moody lighting by opting for a trendy lampshade, or if you want that natural glow you can't go wrong with candles.

A selection of pillar candles looks great grouped together to create the feel of a cosy snug area. 

Keeping the balance of minimalism and comfort

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The key to hygge is inhabiting a decluttered space that also feels cosy, so striking the right balance between a minimalist Scandi look and comfort is very important.

Our top tips for achieving this would be to try and avoid cluttering your space with bulky accessories and to to pair things back.

Focus on key pieces of furniture and embelish with lots of texture as well as remembering to choose muted colours for more of a minimalist scheme. 

Switch up your plants

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Saying goodbye to summer also means saying goodbye to long days of sunlight. We think it's a good idea to switch up your plants to ones that thrive in low light conditions that don't require oodles of natural sunlight.

A few that spring to mind are the spider plant, various types of fern and the dragon tree if you want to make a green statement.

Add lots of texture 

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There are many ways you can introduce texture into a space without breaking the bank. The reason why texture is a key element of the hygge trend is because it naturally makes a room feel warmer and more cosy.

We'd recommend investing in a deep pile rug to sink your feet into, or if you're looking to jazz up your walls, a macrame wall hanging or a rattan mirror will definitely do the job. 

Introduce seasonal colours

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One of the best things about autumn is the colours that are associated with the season – rusty reds, orange and mustard tones.

An easy way to transition your home into autumn is to incorporate these colours into your living space. Less is sometimes more, so the odd cushion, throw or print will create an autumnal-inspired effect.  

6. Master layering

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Cosying up on the sofa with a blanket is one of the simple pleasures in life, especially if you're wanting to embrace a hygge lifestyle.

Layering bundles of soft furnishings is an easy technique to making your lounge or bedroom feel more snug.

A good trick is to drape a faux fur or sheepskin rug over a sofa or bed to create that Scandi log cabin look – we can smell the hot chocolate already.

 

How are you going to cosy up your home for Autumn? Tweet us @goodhomesmag, post a comment on our Facebook page or show us by posting a picture on Instagram, using the hashtag #thisgoodhome for a chance to be featured on our Instagram page.

 

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