5 tips on how to create the new Danish lifestyle, Hygge in your home.
Some may have heard this term mentioned before but others will be scratching their heads saying…”Hygge?….Bless you?”
No, I didn’t sneeze.
WHAT IS HYGGE?
In short Hygge, pronounced hue-gah is a Danish word. The Hygge definition means a certain element of cosiness.
However, there is no English word equivalent but if there was one word for cosiness, togetherness, relaxed and happy like cos-ness-lax-py, (Actually, that’s not bad, right?) it would explain Hygge. Let’s be honest, Hygge not only stands for a fantastic way of life but it sounds kinda like it should, one giant big hug.
WHERE DID HYGGE COME FROM?
It might surprise some that although Hygge is a Danish word it didn't originate in the Danish language but in the old Norwegian language. Again, there isn’t an English equivalent to this but it was said to mean something close to well-being.
It was much later in the 18th Century that it first appeared in Danish writing. The Danes loved the idea of Hygge so much that they adopted it quickly and it fast became a major part of their philosophy and culture.
WHAT EXACTLY IS HYGGE?
Think about Hygge as a way to comfort yourself and others, it involves everything that settles your soul; relaxation, indulgence, and gratitude for your life and all the things that surround you.
WHAT IS HYGGE INTERIOR DESIGN & HOW DO I ADD IT?
Well, taking all the above into consideration what comes to mind?
This can mean different things to a lot of people but generally space and a cosy atmosphere is what comes to mind, somewhere you can unwind and feel safe in.
So, when hoping to create this Danish philosophy in your space think relaxed, calm, clean, peaceful and in touch with nature.
WHAT DOES A HYGGE LIFESTYLE LOOK LIKE?
It’s a feeling of well-being, a calm and happy contentment within your home and life.
The last couple of years have definitely been hard for so many of us but what we’ve learned in the process is to slow down and focus on what’s truly important to us. Family, health and happiness are right on the top of that list and if being more mindful and following the rules of Hygge can help us to create more harmony in our lives than that’s a win.
5 HYGGE DECOR TIPS FOR YOUR HOME
Think cosy, as it’s the key to all things Hygge. Layers like blankets, pillows and throws should always be to hand.
If you can create a cosy reading nook or a small space away from the rest of the house to relax and unwind in, that is ideal.
Light is really important in interior design and for those starting out in interior design it’s one of the areas that gets left behind in the dark the most. (Excuse the pun)
When it comes to Hygge, a kind warm radiance in a room gives a sense of peace. Stay away from pure white light and think warmer creamer glows like candles and warm fairy lights.
Having a fireplace is an essential element to Hygge decor. It represents warmth and togetherness and is best enjoyed with loved ones especially when huddled around a log fire whether that’s inside or outside. This is the very essence of Hygge.
Sticking to a neutral colour palette is important when creating a relaxing space. Harmony and peace is what you should think of when creating a Hygge space. That means nothing loud or bright and keeping your walls to soft pastel colours.
Ideally, warm pastels are best like creams and browns. Greys and blues can work too but be careful the undertone is warm as some greys can make a room feel cold. Some greys can even look like a dirty white which doesn’t help when you’re trying to create a clean airy vibe.
4. Nature & texture.
Introducing texture to your living space is a great way to add interest. You can do this by incorporating warm, natural materials like wood, wool and clay to your decor. Bring some nature into your home like logs, acorns, flowers and pebbles, all of these elements can be used to create interesting table features.
Simplicity is the key here, if you can get items that are natural and organic even better. Reclaimed wood and natural oak are not only beautiful to look at but can help to further bring nature into the your home.
Here are some examples you might like.
As always, enjoy and have fun incorporating Hygge into your life.