Jan 14, 2020

INTERIOR TIPS | How to Add a Warm Hygge twist to Your House

How to design a Warm Room with a hygge twist? Follow our easy guidelines


There aren’t too many things that can beat that warm feeling you sense the minute you walk inside your home after a long day (or night). Unless of course, you haven’t bothered to unpack your things since you first moved in. Ha, ha! Jokes aside, there are several things anyone can do to add warmth to a house for that special, intimate ughh feeling!

Our dear friends from Scandinavia called it hygge. But hygge is really a universal feeling that can be recreated by all. So here’s how.



How to design a Warm Room #1 Color Palette

Use a warm paint color palette. Deep reds, mustard and rusty tones or a well-poised, sensual beige shade, all fit the bill. Its impact is profound and will set the ideal backdrop to build on your design scheme.

|| Be inspired : 3 Warm Color palettes from Africa


How to design a Warm House #2 Lighting

Most domestic interiors have general lighting by default. However, if you want that cozy vibe in your home, then you really must add on ambient lighting via table and/or floor lamps for instance. Tall candlesticks and tea-lights on your coffee table or fireplace mantel (if you have one) will warm things up more.

Avoid shady corners, unless you want to create a drama effect on purpose. Moreover, here’s a tip to consider: add a mirror wherever possible, to bounce back some of that accent/ambient lighting. Think of table lamps on top of a sideboard, in front of a hanging vintage mirror. (This has got to be one of the oldest design tricks in the book).


How to design a Warm Room #3 Textiles

Layering in textiles, like knitted throws, decorative pillows and area rugs, is perhaps the most obvious way to add warmth. It is also one of the easiest ones in terms of affordability and convenience. It is also an easy way to introduce some visual interest with their texture and patterns. So there are no excuses for not getting around to it. 


#4 Artwork

A home with bare walls is like a bare soul. Hence, artwork is one of my favorite ways to add warmth to a home. This step bears a large design weight, so it’s important to get right to it. Its impact is far greater than that of just adding a throw and a few decorative pillows, but almost equal to that of adding an area rug.


#5 Wooden décor

Wood is by default one of the warmest interiors-materials. Thus, it follows that adding wooden décor pieces will surely turn up the warmth factor. This could easily include cane and rattan elements i.e. baskets and storage boxes or wooden wall hangings for another. 


How to design a Warm Room #6Window Treatments

Window treatments come in all sorts of types, varieties and prices. Drapes, curtains, rollers, Venetian blinds are just some of the main options. They are one of the most important elements when it comes to “dressing” a home for warmth. So you should invest type to find what will work best for your style.



#7 Flowers

Who can resist a fresh flower bouquet? Believe it or not, adding flowers whether fresh, faux or dried in a vase can add a serious vibe of warmth. If you don’t believe me, then I challenge you. Take two photos. First, take a picture of your favorite vignette without any flowers and then another after adding some flowers. Then compare the two images and see for yourself how much more appeal flowers add on to a space.

The reason that flowers add this subtle feeling of warmth is quite simple really. It shows two things: intended care and love. So, if you think about it, those two things are the fundamental elements that go into any process of improving a home.



I would like to point out that a house turns into a warm, welcoming home when you breathe soul into it. This is rarely achieved by one element alone. Instead, it is about the conjunction of all the elements above.


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