Hygge is a term that has swept over the covers of home magazines, dominated descriptions of Pinterest lifestyle photos, and has even been incorporated into luxury branding. But what is Hygge? Although a Danish word, it doesn’t have an exact translation to English. Instead, it is more of a culture concept; a way of life that promotes the concept of simple relaxation, warmth, and an element of calm.
This blog post will explore the concept of Hygge and how it can be achieved in your home. To fully master the hygge way of life, the objects and décor that you surround yourself with plays a huge role in achieving this. Through the right placement of products, materials, and furniture itself, you can incorporate hygge into your everyday life and reap the benefits from doing so.
How to Hygge Your Home
Stick to Neutral Colours
Hygge is all about creating a harmonious and inviting environment, and to emanate this in your home, neutral colours are great. Bold, brash, and contrasting colours can be somewhat exciting, but in the case of hygge they are going to be alerting and stressful. Instead, neutral colours will instead help you to create a space that is calming and peaceful. Creams, greys, and browns are among the colours you would be most likely to find in a Danish home living by the concept of hygge.
Be Selective With Accessories
The opposite of hygge is clutter. Clutter should be avoided at all costs, whether you have too many cushions, a whole herd of picture frames, or lots of trinkets that you have gathered over the years, this can hold you back from creating the relaxing interior that you desire. The key is finding the right balance. Don’t go too purge-happy and get rid of all of your home accessories - although simple and clean spaces are important for adding hygge to your home, a hygge home also involves the placement of objects that you hold close to your heart. Assess the objects you have on show and decide what is important for you to have on display, and keep the other objects safe but hidden away. Cleansing the space in this way will help you to achieve hygge in your home.
Create a Cosy, Comfortable, and Warm Space
Creating hygge in your home means creating an interior that is cosy and warm as this type of space helps you to relax and unwind on a daily basis. Introduce some warm fur throws, utilise the fire that you don’t use as much as you should, and throw in some luxuriously soft blankets for good measure. This can be done throughout the whole house, but if you have a small area that can be turned into a cosy snug, this can be a great area for you to rest, rejuvenate, and hygge.
Experiment With Textures
Texture is extremely important if you’re trying to learn how to hygge your home. Combining lovely textures helps to maximise the comfort within your home whilst also being pleasing to the eye. Merge various textures that you find to be cosy and soft, and try and use accessories that are neutral. Rugs are a brilliant texture that can also contribute greatly to the feeling of warmth in a room. We have a gorgeous selection of sheepskin rugs that feel wonderfully soft and cosy; perfect for adding hygge to your home. Introducing these textures not only adds to the appearance of cosiness, but will also help you to feel cosy and tranquil in your hygge retreat.
Avoid Bright Lights
To fully create a hygge home that is cosy and relaxing, harsh and bright lights need to be avoided. Instead, turn off the main lights and invest in and utilise side lamps and lovely scented candles. Fairy lights are also brilliant for creating enough light without it being overpowering. These sources will emanate a warm glow that helps to create the perfect relaxing atmosphere.
Transform Your Bathroom into a Sanctuary
It’s easy to focus on bedrooms and living areas when trying to hygge your home. However, an important room that is not to be overlooked is that of the bathroom. By hiding away excess products and towels, and instead leaving out luxurious products and relaxing candles, you can turn your bathroom into a spa-like room that will allow you to revitalise and refresh at the end of the day. Invest in some cosy bathrobes and towels for you to be able to retreat in.
Hygge is more than a style, it’s a way of living, but the two go hand in hand. Transforming your home into a hygge retreat will help you to relax, unwind, and enjoy the simple and important things around you. This is great for maintaining a healthy headspace and giving yourself the time you need to wind down at the end of a hectic day.
If you’re looking for some visual inspiration that will help you decide how to hygge your home, we’ve created a Pinterest board with lots of hygge inspiration. Check it out!