If there is one interior accessory we Scandis associate with Hygge it’s probably the cushion – apart from good company and drink, more of which in other posts…). Cushions are not only there to look smart on the sofa but also give comfort – they help us feel cosy at home and add style to the overall look. A big, soft, fluffy and beautiful cushion is just so inviting – it makes us want to sit down and relax even more.
And that is what hygge is all about…making the most of what would seem insignificant moments. What we at DU like about cushions is the way they dress a tired looking sofa or armchair and brighten up a room, in much the same way fashion change with the seasons and our wants and needs – by changing cushions we change the look and feel of the room.
Luckily, we’re spoilt for choice with more designs, sizes and shapes in cushions on offer than we could ever hope for: large, small, round, square, vintage, modern, block colour, floral print, tassel or plain…. And from the cheap and cheerful supermarket variety to the arts & crafty one-offs to vintage and heirloom pieces and the branded designer cushions.
Here are some of our favourite cushions. They all suit the Scandi hygge moments and lifestyle – some are understated while some are elaborate and and others are just plain fun:
Home Alone: Our Favourite Cushions for Nights In
Cheerful colour, semi-circles and semi-fluffy, this cushion is one of those statement cushions to inject some sazz into your hygge moments. It’s both warm and soft on a cold, dull evening spent on the couch.
£85 (£42 sale) | $62 ($31)
Soft faux velvet cover in different vibrant colours with contrasting pompoms.This is for the glitzy home look – to make those home alone nights in a little brighter. Also in turquise, orange and green.
Prices below £20 | $28
Set of 4 soft coduroy striped cushion covers – can’t have enough cushions when relaxing in front of the TV…super value.
Under £20 | $28
Perfect for reading in bed – Bamford’s handmade, cushion cover featuring the different phases of the moon’s movement.
£105 | $145
Barely-There Cushions for Low Key Hygge Moments
Cushions make a huge statement for little money – unlike furniture or most other soft furnishings such as curtains. We can change them – or just the covers – when we want to change the atmosphere, or show a different colour scheme for a different season. As we head towards spring and summer we look for light colours, white being our favourite colour.
Scandi Summer Cushion Inspo
A classic with a little lace fringe twist – the light, pale palette sets a tone of calm and… hygge. This large linen cushion is an investment piece – not expensive, but long-lasting.
£70 (£86 incl pad) | $97 ($97 incl. pad)
No hygge home is complete wihtout a shaggy rug or cushion – here’s a set of two faux fur cushion covers to snuggle up to.
Under £20 | $28
Durable and cosy but cool – very Nordic style. The woven texture of this cover makes the cushion extra huggable.
£25 | $25
Cotton cushion with metallic Love letters, piped edges and hidden zip…ahhh. Uber pretty, soft and oozing charm – a must in the hygge home.
Under £20 (incl. pad) | Under $28
Cushions for Entertaining in Style and Comfort
Entertaining is a big part of Hygge…having friends over for supper, good conversation and fun. Relaxing in the sofa after a delicious meal and wine is the best part of the evening. Here cushions are an essential accessory to making the evening more relaxed. And to do so in style is all the better – there’s a vast range of stylish cushions on the market and here we show you some of our Scandi style favourites…
Hygge Cushions for the Social Butterfly
Understated stylishness – it’s ok to name-drop a little sometimes…so tell them this is Bamford…style, comfort and eco-friendly. With feather pad.
£125 | $172
Set of 4 cotton linen, durable and cool cushion pads for both in and outdoors. Water resistant and eyecatching – very Nordic and on trend…
Under £15 | Under $21
A dash of British country design and urban cool – this is a solid desing which never fails…might steal the show from the sofa, however…
£75 (£95 incl. pad) | $104 or $131
Loving the low-key drama of these cushions…mix of gold colour and dark teal fringe. Velvet – a stylish additoin to each armchair.
£39 | $54
Scandi Boho Cushions for the Well-Travelled
One of the biggest trends is Scandi Boho beloved by the younger, well-travelled generation. It’s emerged in the last 20-30 years as a result of easy travel with young Nordic graduates travelling the world before setteling down. While touring they pick up pieces and souvenirs from other countries and cultures and mix them in with their minimalist interior as they return home.
Scandi Boho has then become a mix of two very opposite traditions, the purist and the bohemian. There is a clear difference between Bohemian and Scandi Boho in that the Nordic version is more orderl, or rather more curated and tempered than the completely freewheeling Bohemian style. And cushions are an excellent and economic way of mixing and matching different artistic traditions using colourful pieces against furniture in neutral tones.
Scandi Boho Cushions for Creative Hygge
Habitat is close to the Scandi brand, but less so the Scandi Boho style…except this cushion might be a purchase made after a briliant safari and therefore does more than decorate a room – it tells a story…perfect Scandi Boho.
£10 incl pad | $14
Maisons du Monde
Multi colour print and embroidery – it has Scandi Boho written all over it. Pinks and reds are also perfect as they constrast beautifully with the cool pale Scandi palette. This cover looks like a Moroccan memento…
£25.50 | $36