Cosy Minimalism: Minimalism Meets Hygge

January 30, 2017

Create a cosy minimalist environmentDo you ever come across a term and instantly think that’s me? That’s how I felt when I came across the concept of cosy minimalism on one of my regular Pinterest scrolls. Before I even clicked through to read more I was like yeah cosy minimalism sounds like my kind of thing.

As you know I love the concept of minimalism. I love the idea of removing clutter from your home and only having belongings which add value. However, I do find myself a little hesitant about referring to myself as a minimalist. In theory, I love minimalism but when you search for it on Pinterest and see endless images of empty, cold sterile rooms it isn’t quite so appealing. I don’t want to live in a cold clinical home.

My home is minimal in the sense that we don’t have clutter lying around but I wouldn’t describe it as minimalist. I like all those little things which make a house a home. I’m not against putting art on the wall or having an ornament or candle sitting out. But at the same time, I don’t want a room to feel cluttered with too much stuff.

Adding candles to make a minimal environment feel cosyCosy Minimalism

This is where the concept of cosy minimalism comes in. It’s minimalism but with a cosy homely feel to it. Your home can be clutter free and minimal but remain a cosy environment. It has that chic Scandinavian feel to it with clean lines and lots of different textures. You can still create a cosy retreat from the outside world whilst retaining a minimal feel to your space. Think about all those Hygge touches everyone was talking about this winter combined with a clutter free minimal space.

Its Minimalism meets Hygge

Adding blankets around the home to create a cosy minimalist spaceCreate a Cosy Minimalist Home

You don’t have to completely redecorate to have a cosy minimalist home. It’s easy to add a few little touches to your home to create that cosy atmosphere without adding clutter. It only takes a couple of changes to turn a minimalist house into a cosy space.

Blankets and Cushions There is something about a blanket thrown over a sofa which instantly makes it feel cosy and welcoming. Try adding a few blankets and cushions into your room to add a little cosiness without too much clutter. If you don’t like the look of a blanket lying on the sofa try putting a few in a basket beside the sofa. This is still welcoming and cosy but much neater.

Play With Light Use lamps and candles to create a cosy environment. I never have the big light on when I’m sitting in the living room at night. Instead, I have a few lamps around the room to create a cosy atmosphere.

Add Texture Try bringing a few different textures into your home. Place a wool blanket or sheepskin rug on your leather sofa to soften it. Look out for natural materials and use lots of wood. Natural materials help to create a feeling of warmth. Think about how things feel as well as how they look. Running your hands over a wooden table feels so much nicer than a cold steel or glass one.

Create a Nook Every home needs a cosy nook. Whether it’s a spot on the sofa with a pile of blankets or a window seat. The idea is to create a special spot you can relax in. It should be somewhere cosy and welcoming that no one wants to leave

Shop with Intention. If you are going to bring something into your home it should be something you love which will add value to your live. These could be a beautiful artwork or cosy throw. You only want to add things which you will use. Invest in your home, chances are it’s the place you spend the most time so make it somewhere special.

Using blankets to create a cosy reading nook

Cosy Minimalism: Minimal meets Hygge. Turn a minimalist home into a cosy welcoming space with these simple tips.

6 responses to “Cosy Minimalism: Minimalism Meets Hygge”

  1. Emma says:

    Love this post! It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. Been trying to have a big clear out and de-clutter, get rid of some of my ‘stuff’ but really don’t want the place to look empty. This has given me some ideas to help keep everything cosy but tidy!

    Emma x

  2. Kim says:

    I turned my home into my cosy retreat after spending a few days visiting a friend. Her home was so warm and cosy. After a long day at work its wonderful to close the world out, light candles and relax with a cup of tea.

  3. Rebecca says:

    My Mum asked me the other day what Hygge was, because she’d read about it in our local newspaper. I spent 10 minutes discussing it with her, and she loves the idea! I’ll definitely send her this post x //

  4. Rain says:

    Omg, this article was exactly what I needed! I’ve been going crazy lately thinking about the exact same thing; having a ‘minimalist’ home without feeling it empty and cold. I feel so much better now, this just decluttered my mind. Thank you! 😄

  5. Michelle says:

    Beautiful, this is exactly what I was looking for. Cheers!

  6. Valerie says:

    That’s why I’m moving from an apartment back to a small house (well, one reason). Apartment felt sterile, unfriendly, never homey. I was afraid to add anything I’d have to pack/carry when I moved out, therefore I kept it sparse… empty space, bare walls… I don’t like a lot of stuff as it agitates me. However, minimalism needs balance too. Minimalism with a hygge flair – I like that 😌

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