My hygge bedroom makeover has been months in the making. Over the course of fall and winter I have been collecting home décor accents, throw pillows and extra blankets to create my coziest bedroom ever. Check out my hygge bedroom tour and see how you can recreate the Danish lifestyle trend in your own home.
In the last couple years, particularly in the winter months, you may have come across a certain word: Hygge.
What in the world does hygge mean exactly?
Pronounced "hoo-ga," this Danish concept cannot be translated to one single word but encompasses a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life.
This national obsession with all things cozy is credited as one of the reasons why Denmark is always at the top of the list of the world's happiest countries, despite their infamously miserable winters. Recently, the rest of the world has begun to catch on to this wonderful way of life.
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Let’s face it, “hygge” is a trend that many of us have been following. Like minimalism or adopting the KonMari method of decluttering it’s a bandwagon that a lot of us have jumped on.
It’s okay. I don’t feel weird about being a wagon jumper. I like to try new things and adopt new styles and ideas. Even if they don’t stick long-term.
The idea of bringing hygge to my bedroom was a no brainer. I was craving a cozy bedroom nest so why not go all out and make it the coziest place in the house that I could chill out and relax in all winter long?
Considering this has literally been the coldest winter on record in my area and spring shows no signs of coming, I think I made the right decision.
The ol' switcheroo
Last fall I decided to swap our master bedroom with our spare bedroom. The spare bedroom was being used as my craft room and the master bedroom held the bed and all our clothing storage. Since it’s the biggest room in the house we also used it to store extra stuff we didn’t know where else to put in our home.
I figured it made more sense to use the spare bedroom as our bedroom and then use the large master bedroom for my craft area and all our workout stuff.
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My husband is into MMA so we had a large punching bag, free weights and work out equipment that was taking over the bedroom. Since I switched rooms, our new bedroom only has our bed and clothing storage.
I wanted a place where I can completely relax and unwind. I decided to go with a boho, hygge style bedroom where I can get nice and cozy, cuddle with my cat and read a good book when I get a few minutes of alone time.
This bedroom makeover has been about 4 or 5 months in the making. Because I’m cheap I bought all my bedding, pillows and accessories bit by bit as I found great deals online.
Check out the hygge bedroom makeover tour:
There were some great sales online over the holidays, especially at World Market and Urban Outfitters.
Pro tip- When you want something at Urban Outfitters wait until they have their clearance sale a few times per year. All the home goods go for an extra 40% off the sale price. I got the 5x8 throw rug for $50 which was a smoking deal. All the tapestries were less than $20. Normally they were about $40-$50 each. You’re welcome.
The headboard is the original one I made about 7 years ago. I just keep recovering it with new fabric every time I want a new look. I bought some the grey velvet fabric at Joann’s Fabric on sale and I simply cut it to size, smoothed it over the front and stapled it to the back.
Learn how to make this headboard here
Comfy bedding is a must have in your hygge bedroom. I decided it was time to splurge on a new duvet since the old one was 7 years old and not feeling too fresh anymore. I got the white textured comforter at Bed Bath and Beyond. If you are on their mailing list they will send you 20% off coupons. I was told by the cashier that when they discontinue a duvet style it immediately goes on sale. I bought this white textured one and a different one for my daughter’s room for about $30 each after my discounts.
Layer blankets, pillows and furs
When decorating your hygge bedroom make sure you add lots of fluffy pillows, soft sheets and extra blankets.
No hygge-style room is complete without a sheepskin rug. I thought about getting a fake one but I know with my lifestyle and all my pets that a fake one would get ruined pretty quickly.
Instead, I opted for a real one from Overstock. The brand is Safavieh. It was on sale of course. I usually place it on the floor so my tootsies will be cozy when I get up in the morning but for the purposes of lovely bedroom photography I draped it on the bed.
Vintage and antique furniture add character
Most of the furniture in the bedroom is stuff I’ve had around for years. Using antique and vintage style furniture is an easy way to add character to your space on a budget.
I added as many plants as I could. I try to add a new houseplant every month or so in the winter. I think it helps bring some life to the room and it helps improve my mood since I can’t get outside and work in the garden.
To make the vines climb up the walls I pressed clear push pins into the walls and secured the leaves into place without puncturing into the flesh of the plant.
Set the mood with lighting
The light fixture is from Home Depot. I have had it for 3 years and I meant to install it when I first cleaned up this spare bedroom and turned it into my craft room. Unfortunately I never got around to putting it up.
I had to have an electrician come last week to install a new outlet in the kitchen so I had him swap the light for me. Sometimes you have to get over your DIY tendencies and just hire someone to do the job so it gets done.
In addition to the chandelier, I also put up the Edison bulb string lights. These are patio lights but they can be used indoors too. When I’m reading in bed I plug them in and use them instead of a bed side lamp. I don’t read too much before bed because I find it gets me riled up instead of sleepy but if I’m just relaxing in the evening I will read under the soft light.
I get teased a lot about creating such a girly home for my husband to live in. I honestly don’t think he cares. He lets me do whatever I want which is nice. He also didn’t notice the new light fixture in the bedroom. I asked if he liked it and he had no idea what I was talking about. That made me get over my guilt real quick.
If he really doesn’t notice I think I might just paint the living room pink with rose decals all over it -haha.
Do something unexpected
Let’s talk about the bedroom door.
This is my FRIENDS inspired door I created a few years ago. You can check out the full post here. I was binge watching the entire series on Netflix again and decided to recreate the iconic purple door and peephole frame.
Years later I still love it and have no plans to take the peephole down.
Check out the full post on how I transformed my door here.
Are you bringing some hygge to your home this winter? What do you think the next lifestyle trend will be? Let me know in the comments!