How to get a cosy hygge bedroom
Curling up beside the fireplace, wrapping up in your favourite coat – autumn is all about finding ways to get cosy and cope with the cold, dark months ahead. The Danish call this concept hygge (pronounced ‘hoo-ga’), and although there are a range of definitions, it’s said to help beat the winter blues. So, with this in mind, we asked interior design expert Emma Hooton for her tips on bringing Scandinavian hygge and happiness to the autumn home.
“The bed is the star of the bedroom so let it take centre stage. Add drama with a button velvet headboard in a deep purple or burnt orange and keep linen white. Use silky soft cotton sheets to create the perfect backdrop then add a high feather, super snuggly 10.5 tog duvet to get super cosy. Layer further with a sumptuous faux fur throw in a winter white or soft grey and feather and down cushions with covers or piping in a colour or fabric used elsewhere in the room.
A beautiful sheepskin rug in a natural white or soft grey will soften bare wood interior floors. Look for a rug with a medium-to-long staple length for that luxuriously warm feel underfoot, and ramp up the luxe factor further with a stylish blanket draped over a bedroom chair.
Don’t be afraid to go darker in your bedroom or to be bold with wallpaper. Rich, dark matte colours add drama and intrigue to any size space. When using wallpaper in a boxy room, go for a lightly patterned/textured wallpaper (this will also help absorb sound) to avoid overwhelming the room. Artwork in autumnal hues can also be used in place of paint or wallpaper to warm up neutral walls.
Beautiful pools of light and flickering candles bring a magical feel to the bedroom. Try vintage Edison style light bulbs for interest and a lovely soft glow or for incomparable light play, a shaded bedside lamp with a textured glass base that will cast a beautiful light on nearby surfaces.
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Layer the windows and reduce drafts without blocking light by placing sheer panels or a light-filtering shade under drapes. For a warm, cosy feel, consider curtains in a dazzling hue of autumn leaf colour such as purple or orange and team with soft grey walls or accessories to soften the look.
Add to life’s simple pleasures with therapeutic candles or diffusers that fill the room with a delicious scent. Beautiful flowers in seasonal colours (we love Abigail Ahern’s fauxs) and brass accessories that add warmth and character will also help you get that hygge at home feeling as winter descends.
Farrow & Ball Peignor #286 – “Our favourite colour of the moment looks great against copper, brassy tones”
For more inspiration have a look at our masterclass in Autumn styling
Emma Hooton – www.emmahooton.com