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Add some Hygge cosiness to your holiday cottage…

Open a bottle of red and delve into a glossy magazine.

Hygge is a word on many an Interior Designer’s lips at the moment, hygge, is a Danish ritual of enjoying life’s simple pleasures. Friends. Family. Comfort. It translates to being peaceful, cosy and feeling like you are wrapped in a huge warm hug whilst drinking hot chocolate (or wine!) in front of a roaring fire. Perfect interior design for a holiday cottage!

Settle down by the fire and catch a movie on the SMART TV.

So how can we decorate our cottages to help give us this feeling, well cosy means many things in design it can be charming, intimate, relaxed even handsome……let’s take a look at some wonderful examples shown by our Yorkshire Holiday Cottage owners.

Welcome to gorgeous Gateways, a beautiful stone cottage set in the chocolate box village of Thornton-le-Dale

Here at Gateways  you can already feel yourself unwinding in front of the fire on a large comfy chair in soft velvet fabric in neutral hues surrounded by plump cushions and cosy throws.

Top Tips when decorating a cosy cottage

#Tip 1 – Think about your colours

A statement in understated elegance.

Keep colours neutral but also earthy, pale duck egg blue and sage green are colours that work well in cottages along with creams and off whites, it wouldn’t be advisable to use garish colours such as cerise pink or turquoise yet dusty pinks and deep blue’s work very well. We love the sophisticated colours used throughout Butterfly.

#Tip 2 – Make cosy areas

An afternoon in front of the fire with a glossy magazine - what holidays are made for!

Make a couple of “snug” areas if possible such as making a window seat and filling with it lots of lovely cushions, or place a couple of relaxing armchairs next to the fireplace and leave cushions, throws and small table to place drinks and books. You can just imagine getting cosy in front of the fire at Vine Cottage!

#Tip 3 – Lighting can make all the difference

Welcome to the beautiful Chequers in the North York Moors.

Get the lighting right, although you have to cater for different guest always have an option for low soft lighting as well as overhead lights. Use lamps with low wattage warm white bulbs and have main lighting on a dimmer switches. Chequers in Osmotherly has got the lighting just right for a cosy effect.

#Tip 4 – Add a touch of luxury

And so to bed. This first of 3 bedrooms in this cottage is a gorgeous double room with views out to the village.

Make both the bedrooms and bathrooms as luxurious as possible in the holiday cottage, though this doesn’t mean having to spend a small fortune. Good quality cotton bedding and super soft towels all make these areas feel cosy yet luxurious and of course good mood lighting, candles and plenty of scatter cushion keep the bedroom cosy and warm. The bed at Foxglove Cottage looks very inviting – don’t you think?

#Tip 5 – Use fabrics wisely

The gorgeous open plan living area.

We are lucky to have such a wide range of fabrics to choose from when creating the perfect holiday cottage, from faded florals, stripes and checks in linen or cotton to more heavy duty wools, velvets and tartans. Once your design has been chosen a mixture of all these materials can be used in different textures and colours to add extra charm to your holiday cottage. We love the use of fabric at Blue Plain Dairy in Nidderdale.

#Tip 6 – Mix old with new

Finally mixing old with new works very well in creating a cosy, comfortable feel in any type of property.

The handsome side table with two glamorous easy chairs.

Old furniture sanded down and painted adds personal style whereas an old antique chest of draws with rustic handles adds character, don’t worry too much about natural wear and tear of well-loved objects and pieces of furniture it all adds charm. We love the striking furniture used here at Boutique 39.

Gorgeous Cottages are a hand-picked collection of the finest holiday cottages in Yorkshire. Interested in becoming a Gorgeous Cottages owner? Drop an e-mail to or call 01642 263 249.

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