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Create Hygge with Gorgeous Cushions

How to Create Hygge with Gorgeous Cushions

by | Feb 8, 2021

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. 

Cushions on the couch to create Hygge

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

Red cushion cover by Conran


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)

Faux velvet yellow cushion cover with fringe


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

Cashmere cushion cover


Pure luxury: Just lean back against this soft cashmere cushion and forget the day’s ups and downs. Cushions like this make it worth staying at home. The pale silvery grey colour means it goes with everything.

£175 (£191 incl. pad)  |  $241 ($263 incl. pad)

Codroy striped cushion cover


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

Dark moon themed cushion cover


Perfect for reading in bed – Bamford’s handmade, cushion cover featuring the different phases of the moon’s movement.

£105  |  $145

Beige and pink cushion cover with tassels

Maisons du Monde

Beige and pink, soothing and complementary colours that are perfect for a night in, unwinding after a hectic day.

£12.50  |  $18

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

Bent wood wastepaper basket


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)

White shaggy cushion cover for Hygge


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

Ivory and beige cushion cover with tassels

Maisons du Monde

Ivory and beige are a divine combintion -and then tassels to boot…loving this tufted cushion cover.

£16.50  |  $23

Woven texture cushion cover


Durable and cosy but cool – very Nordic style. The woven texture of this cover makes the cushion extra huggable.

£25  |  $25

Cotton cushion cover with metallic love letters


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

Grey office chair


Barely there cushion – white on white, but the crosses are just visible. Handmade and quilted layer with top stitching.

£145  |  $200

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

Low-key cross hatch pattern cushion cover


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

4 Cotton linen water resistant cushion covers


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

Versace Medusa design cushion


Some friends will recognise this design, trademark Versace. Black and logoed. Says Donatella: ‘The Medusa can petrify people with a look – which is a good thing, I think.’ 

£430  |  $591

Blue ornate cushion cover

Soho Home

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

Gold colour cushion cover with dark teal fringe


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

Low-key crisscross cushion cover

Maisons du Monde

Less is more and this is a beautifully understated and stylish design – fits in with with your plants! Set of two…

£22  |  $31

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

Elephant themed cushion cover


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

Multi colour print and embroidery cushion cover

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

Red hot Scandi Boho style cushion cover


Red hot colour combination sitting beautifully with the white Nordic interior palette – this is a standout, wild Scandi Boho piece to wow the room.

£95 (£111 incl pad)  |  $131 or $153

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