The leaves are turning colour, your windows are steamed up in the morning and you are contemplating switching to a higher Tog duvet.

There is a definite Autumnal nip in the air especially in the mornings and thoughts are turning to hunkering down in our homes as the evenings draw in.

You may well be familiar with the Scandinavian concept of hygge . The noun hygge includes something nice, cosy, safe and known, referring to a psychological state so it is a perfect decorating style for Autumn and Winter. Scandi style is simple and pared back but, at the same time warm and inviting. Here are three tips for creating the vibe.

Light and Dark

Owing to the long dark Winter months, Scandinavian style is typically light with a lot of white and pale grey. If you are concerned that this may end up looking rather boring and uninteresting, combine pale woods and off white or pale grey walls with darker elements such as a charcoal grey sofa or wallpaper. This classic Woods wallpaper from Cole & Son in a black/ white colour way adds drama and the silver birch tree design echoes the theme of forest and nature.

Layers and Texture

I mage of an image of and armchair piled with mongolian sheepsking cushions
Image courtesy of John Lewis

The key to making a largely neutral scheme like Scandi work, is to add lots of layers and texture. This does not detract from the overall simplicity and calm feel of the look. It is also how you make the scheme feel warm and inviting. Rather than just a single throw or cushion use several, you can even layer rugs. Introduce different texture – wool, linen, velvet, felt. Knitted throws work well and I am rather partial to a mongolian sheepskin cushion – so tactile!

Natural and Calm

Image of two wooden pendant ceiling lights in the shape of a sea urchin against a backdrop of wooden paneled wall with a stool and vase in front.
Image courtesy of Tom

Use natural materials such as wool and sheepskin for throws, seagrass or wicker baskets for storage and linen for table runners and napkins. Wooden flooring whether natural or painted or if you prefer carpet consider natural materials such as jute or sisal. Even your lighting can be made from wood. Overhead lighting can be a bit harsh so combine with dimmer switches and don’t forget to have different types of lighting which enables you to change the mood and is another aspect of layering. In addition to pendant lighting add wall lights, floor lamps and table lamps.

If you would like some help creating a Scandi inspired interior then give me a call on 07745 876182 or e mail me at I’d love to help. I cover Wirral, Cheshire and the North West