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Scandinavian Hygge

Minimalist winter interior tips

The Scandinavian concept of 'hygge' (pronounced "hoo-ga") has gained international acclaim for its focus on cosiness, simplicity, and well-being. This approach is particularly enchanting in winter, when shorter days and colder temperatures draw us indoors.

Adopting a minimalist yet warm Scandinavian style in your home during the winter months can transform it into a haven of comfort and serenity. Here are some tips to infuse your interiors with a touch of Scandinavian hygge this winter.

Embrace a neutral colour palette: Scandinavian design is known for its clean, muted colour schemes. Whites, greys, and soft beiges create a calm and uncluttered backdrop, perfect for a minimalist winter interior. These shades reflect light, brightening your space during the dark winter days and creating a peaceful, airy feel.

When it comes to neutral wall colours, look no further than our Elle Decoration range. Our Elle Decoration paints offer a flawless flat matt finish that is durable and easy to apply, ensuring that your living space looks stunning for years to come. Try the shades Powder Brush, Delicately Dark, and Natural Look for a gorgeous, soft neutral backdrop.

Incorporate natural elements: Bringing elements of nature indoors is an important aspect of hygge. Opt for wooden furniture or accessories for additional warmth and texture, and incorporate indoor plants to bring life into your space and keep you connected to the outdoor world.


Ensure soft lighting throughout the home: Lighting is crucial in creating a hygge atmosphere. Avoid harsh overhead lights and opt instead for softer, warmer options. Floor lamps, table lamps, candles, and even string lights can produce a gentle, soothing glow that enhances the sense of warmth and intimacy.

Use minimalist accessories: While Scandinavian design leans towards minimalism, it doesn't mean your space should feel bare. Be thoughtful in how you accessories, and choose a few well-curated decorative items, like minimalist art pieces, simple vases, or ceramic objects. These should complement the room without causing visual clutter.

Getting rid of clutter will create a more peaceful and harmonious environment. This doesn't mean your home should be stark; rather, it should be thoughtfully arranged with items that bring you joy and comfort.


Layer textiles for added cosiness: Layering is an effective way to create a cosy environment. Think plush rugs on the floor, soft throws on the sofa, and fluffy pillows on chairs. Textiles like wool, fleece, or faux fur add warmth and comfort, inviting you to curl up and relax.

Use sustainable materials whenever possible: Scandinavians value sustainability and quality. When it comes to your furnishings, choose environmentally friendly materials and well-crafted pieces that will stand the test of time. Not only does this align with the principles of hygge, but it also means your decor will be both beautiful and functional.

Scandinavian hygge is all about creating a space that is warm, inviting, and minimalistic. It's a perfect blend of comfort and simplicity, and it's ideal fr the winter months. With hygge, every element has its place and your design should bring a sense of warmth and serenity. Use the above tips to help create a space that not only looks beautiful but also provides a comforting refuge during the cold season. Call into your local Crown Paints stockist for everything you need to create the perfect hygge backdrop for your home.