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Hygge is a Danish word that can be best described as enjoying life’s simple pleasures. It was created as a concept and lifestyle by the Danish in the 18th century and is now a fundamental part of their culture.
While the word is meant to encompass the Danish way of life, it also embodies their decor. The main idea is to create a peaceful, serene space that is free of clutter. Mess can cause stress, which is the opposite of the calming and happy way of the Danish lifestyle.
Even though hygge is a concept that is commonly associated with winter, it was actually meant to be enjoyed year round. And in these post pandemic times making your home as comfortable, peaceful and serene as possible can only be a good thing.
How Do You Say ‘Hygge’?
Hygge is pronounced ‘hue-gah’. There is no exact English translation for hygge, but it is often characterized as ‘togetherness’ or ‘coziness.’
Adding Hygge to Your Life
Hygge is a Scandinavian way of life that spreads warmth and calm. It celebrates health and happiness and can be accomplished in other ways besides just decor. Here are some ways that you can incorporate hygge into your lifestyle:
- Enjoy simple pleasures without guilt – good coffee, good food, maybe even a great glass of wine.
- Be present and thankful
- Barbecue outside, even if it’s chilly (which is also great for social distancing.)
- Reuse and recycle
- Take up a new hobby
- Appreciate your surroundings
- Enjoy a good book by an author you’ve never read before (even if it’s an audiobook)
Hygge Decor Tips for Your Home
When decorating, it is important to keep things simple in order to immerse yourself in this carefree and cozy lifestyle. With this in mind here are some hygge decorating tips to get you started.
Stick to a neutral color scheme.
The color scheme for your home decor should never be too overwhelming when it comes to hygge. Everything you add to your hygge home should contribute to an atmosphere of harmony and peace.
Sticking to a neutral color palette is important when creating a relaxing space. Using pastel colors like light grays, browns and creams will create a comfortable, serene space for you and your family to enjoy.
Create a comfortable atmosphere.
Coziness is key when it comes to hygge decor. One way to do this is by decorating with fluffy pillows and soft comforters. Snuggle up on the couch with layers of blankets and pillows for a warm place to unwind. You can also do this by creating cozy nooks like a window bench or love seat. These make for a great place to relax with a good book and cup of hot cocoa for some peace and quiet.
Decorate with candles.
When you think of candles, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Perhaps it’s romance, a relaxing bath or a calm night with a book. These are all things that encompass the hygge lifestyle. The soft and kind glow of a candle cannot be replicated by anything else and can be used throughout your home to create a warm radiance.
Texture may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of cozy hygge decor. However, introducing texture to your living space is a great way to add interest to an otherwise minimalist design. You can do this by incorporating warm, natural materials like wood and wool to your decor. You can also add variety with different types of flowers for a calming and all-natural pop of color.
Add Some Twinkle
‘Twinkly lights’ are also ideal when it comes to hygge decor. Not only are they cheery and somewhat enchanting , but they look great everywhere and are even very inexpensive to buy. You can use them in your bedroom, living room, or even outdoor patio! Like candles, they give off a softer light and can add a stunning decor touch to your home design without being too overwhelming.
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