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5 Ways to Bring Hygge to Your Home

I‘ll say it. I’m 100% READY for the fall vibes. Not only has October 1st arrived, but the furnace came on in my house today and I’m wearing a sweater and cozy socks because I’m still cold (to put this in perspective, it’s not really all that cold here and the sun was out today…I’m just always cold).

Gimme all the Hygge things right now, I’m HERE FOR IT! In Seattle we usually get some lovely fall weather, but regardless of what I see outside, this is the month I really start to immerse myself in the mindset of how cozy it is to be inside (and of course, all of the ways I can stir up that sense of Hygge comfort around me!).

Here are five ways to bring Hygge coziness to your home, I hope this inspires you to do some fall nesting this week!

Warm knit blankets

Our goldendoodle Jack has got the right idea. That will be me (above) all fall and winter long! Lol! (similar chunky knit blanket on sale right now, or more here!)

5 Ways to Bring Hygge to Your Home
Shiplap Kitchen Details / Kitchen Tour and Sources

Mood lighting

I was noticing on Instagram the other day that so many of the designer rooms I saw had NO lamps in their photos! If you ask me, lamps and mood lighting is one of the most important things in a room, especially in the fall and winter.

I love my evening ritual of turning on all the mood lamps throughout my house and dimming the dining room chandelier and kitchen sconces. Ambient lighting is what creates the coziest atmosphere!

Lighting Inspiration Posts: Adding Character with Wall Sconces // Inspired By: Rooms with Lovely Lighting // Lamps on Kitchen Counters // Fillable Glass Lamps / My Fave Lighting Sources

5 Ways to Bring Hygge to Your Home
Green Plaid Throw Blanket

Cozy corners

You know I love to set up cozy corners. It’s so much less overwhelming than dealing with an entire room, plus it gives you the more immediate satisfaction of a completed spot where you can enjoy a Hygge activity right away!

Do you have a little corner in your home that could inspire you to snuggle up and read a good book? Maybe look for a spot by the fireplace or an out of the way nook or a cozy side of a room? That spot is a great place to start.

Pick a favorite chair, add a throw blanket (I picked up this super soft green plaid throw and it’s on sale through today!), a pillow, a lamp, and even a nearby basket for your current favorite books, journal, or even coloring books and pencils! (I love that many of you still tag me on Instagram while you’re coloring in your The Inspired Room Coloring Book–that makes me so happy!).

5 Ways to Bring Hygge to Your Home

Comfy slippers

When the temperatures start dropping, cozy slippers are a must for me! My family’s favorite slippers for the past few years have been the Plush Duvet Slippers from Restoration Hardware. It doesn’t look like they’re being sold anymore or at least not yet (sorrow!!!) but these ones look very similar!

Flickering candles

5 Ways to Bring Hygge to Your Home

Ivory Candles // White Candles

I think we can all agree one of the coziest things ever is flickering candles. While I don’t light candles anymore, I do have and love both of these battery-operated candles that give off all the cozy candle vibes.

Both are real wax, have timers and moving wicks that give same look of flickering candles! For non-toxic scents and moods, I also use candle-flickering diffusers throughout my house. Click here for Fall Diffuser Blends & Why I Ditched Candles!

PS. I just got back from my trip to Salt Lake City, so this will be my first official week of our empty nest. I’ll update y’all soon on how it’s going, thank you so much for being here and hanging out with me!

5 Ways to Bring Hygge to Your Home

Catch up on this year’s Fall Nesting Series:

Fall Nesting + 20 Little Things to Love About Fall

Cozy Fall Shop – My Favorite Home Decor Sources

Fall Nesting + Doormats

Fall Decor Ideas + Home Style Saturdays

Prepare a Cozy Fall Playlist

Fall Diffuser Blends + Why I Quit Candles

Fall Nesting 2019 + Surprise Box Giveaways

Cozy & Inviting Kitchen: Get The Look

Cozy Weekend|Home Style Saturdays

Fall Nesting: Make Your Table Pretty

12 Ways to Slow Down & Savor Life + Free Dwelling Art Printables

How to Create a Cozy Sips Station (+ Mug Roundup)

Think Beyond the Throw Blanket + Book Launch Day!

Hang the Art | Fall Nesting

Embrace Your Style + Make It Cozy

Decorating Blogger Q + A | Giveaway

Home Style Saturdays – Autumn Decor Inspiration

Outdoor Cushion Storage Shed – DIY and Done!

The Best Way to Start Your Day

Cozy & Inviting Dining Room: Get the Look

4 Ways to Create a Life-Changing Restful Nightly Ritual


  1. Bonnie Stoltzfoos

    Jack reminds me of a judge with a powdered wig! hahaha. He is so cute. I will keep that mental image of how comfy he looks in his blanket as inspiration for my house this fall. ;) I loved this post… I really like the idea of just starting to prepare for the colder and darker days. They really are so wonderful and cozy with some intentionality and your ideas are so helpful for that. Hope it’s a great week for you, Melissa!

  2. Angela G.

    Jack looks like an English Barrister.

    I am in total agreement on lamps and dimmers. As soon as the sun goes down I want to start bringing down the lights in our home, helps me prepare for bed.

  3. Pam Rychener

    Love your dog!!!!

  4. Pam

    I agree totally with lamp lighting!! My house is often too dark during sunny days due to front and back porches and facing north, so I turn on lamps during the daytime. Im looking for a floor lamp similar to your copper and black one where did you get it?

  5. Brittany Romero

    The temps finally seem to be dropping in AZ, too! I changed all my calendars to October yesterday…I just couldn’t wait till today! I think a dog makes a home more cozy too… we’re going to go meet a rescue pup today. ?

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Awww! Yay for meeting a new rescue pup. I agree, dogs sure make a home a cozy place.

  6. Terry Pitzer

    I must be really out of the loop, but can you explain what “Hygge” means?

  7. Mercedes

    I am right there with you, it’s 85 and rising outside and I got out the quilt haha! I will make it cozy fall ??

  8. Patty

    Cozy corners! I am ready! They truly do add so much to a room and I love it when family members come to visit and that is right where they head.

  9. Paige Frome

    I love the idea of just taking a corner and creating a cozy space there. I have just the spot in mind that somehow I tend to forget about. Thanks for the idea!

  10. jen S

    I live in Virginia and it has been over 90 degrees for the majority of summer and we are still seeing those temps this week! But relief is on the way….this weekend is supposed to be more fall like with temps in the 70’s. I am so ready for my fireplace and cozy loungewear!!

  11. Maureen

    I love dining and having the flamelss candles going. I love having them set and coming home as it gets darker and them to be on a timer. It just adds to coziness.

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      I love the timers on flameless candles, too!! Such a perfect way to set the mood for your arrival home.

  12. Leslie W

    Laugh out loud at that picture of Jack! We used to have a beagle, Sadie, who loved to curl up under a blanket. Sometimes she would just wear her blanket over her head and walk around the house to her water bowl never taking it off. It was a sight to behold. (-:
    I am for all things Hygge (after all my grandmother was Danish) and I agree little cozy corners are just the best. Time to snuggle up with a cup of cocoa. Thank you for reminding us about all the good things of Fall.

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      You’re welcome Leslie, it’s fun to get in the cozy fall mindset together!!!

  13. Debra

    I agree with the cozy throws and dim lights! However we are having our 2nd summer in the East, 88 today!!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Well that certainly must feel like a collision of seasons!! I have friends in Canada who just got dumped on this weekend by a September snowstorm!

  14. Michele M.

    High 80s today – unreal for mid Ohio in October- broke all temp records!

    I love fall and being cosy and am looking forward to it getting chilly. This is so weird to be so hot.

  15. Carol

    My husband told me that I have to many battery operated candles, well he’s wrong ? they just make it more cozy.

  16. Carolyn

    I love that green plaid throw….just nabbed the last one at my local Target!!

  17. Shari

    Jack! ??? He cracks me up!

  18. Cassidy

    I always buy a new candle in Fall. More than any other seasons I love to have one burning. It’s not only the smell but the sight of the flame that’s so enjoyable. These are great tips!

  19. Beth

    I am all about the mood lighting! Once this heat wave moves through and cooler temps arrive, I will be creating those little cozy corners.

  20. Melanie Plumb

    I love these ideas! I have those flickering candles and love the fact that you can time them to come on whenever you want. I’m looking into the mood lighting, thanks for the inspiration!

  21. Rachel

    I love mood lighting – it’s made all the difference in my family room! My kids love to turn off the overhead light at night and turn on the lamps.

  22. Kit Kirkland

    Heater (in the car) in the morning, A/C in the afternoon. Such is fall in the Bay Area of California ?. It’s a little ridiculous.
    But the clear skies this time of year are gorgeous!

  23. Debbie Keith

    I’ve missed a few posts with a very busy fall and I’m so happy to finally be catching up! The Fall Nesting series is my jam!! So, Jack in a chunky knit throw … well, that’s all I needed this morning. LOL. And, you’ve got me adding a little basket of cozy slippers to our living room corner next to the umbrella stand. Thank you for another wonderful post!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Hahaha, I’m glad Jack made your morning complete LOL! You’re welcome and I’m glad you’re able to catch up a bit here! xoxo

  24. Mary Stewart

    Can I borrow Jacks’ wig? I’ve got a Halloween costume that would look great with it!

  25. Susan

    Love these cozy ideas, especially the nice, warm slippers!

  26. Isabel Z

    In Northern Virginia we are still experiencing 90+ days so I am really ready for cooler temps. Love these cozy ideas and need to add the warm slippers. They will be so cozy when the hardwood floors start feeling cool beneath our feet.

  27. Amanda

    I’ve been using a fallish EO blend (cloves, orange, etc) when I wipe down my dining room table after dinner. It’s nice because then there’s a light scent when we settle down in living room for the evening.

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