Try to picture a cold winter afternoon, snow blowing, temperatures below freezing. All you want to do is cozy up with a good blanket, hot chocolate, and a burning fire, am I right?
Now, let’s think of another situation, you come home after a long day of work and you are stressed beyond belief, with Hygge, you can transform any room into a relaxing oasis where you can kick back and unwind after a long day.
Sounds nice, right!?
Whatever way you believe you can best achieve Hygge in your home, accomplish it! But check out these 4 simple ways to achieve the perfect mood for your living spaces.
What is Hygge?
Pronounced /’hue-gah’\, this Danish term has gained more and more exposure in recent years. This term originates in Norwegian culture and is a concept for wellness, a word that came to represent a mood, particularly feelings of coziness, comfort, and relaxation.
Incorporating Hygge into your decor is simple: creating a space that feels serene, an environment that you can relax, and distress. Rooms filled with Hygge are clutter free and minimal in nature. When incorporating Hygge during the winter months, it involves making a room feel cozy and filled with warmth. It is important to note that Hygge can be infused into your home in any given month. The goal is to create a living space that provides you with that warmth and relaxation discussed earlier, regardless of the season.
How to Hygge
First and foremost, Hygge creates warmth and calming moments or feelings that help to elevate happiness and reduce stress, leading to better health and well-being. Below are some suggestions for creating a space filled with Hygge for both your friends, family, and most importantly YOU can experience.
1. NEUTRALS WORK BEST
A neutral colour palette is perfect for providing not only warmth to a room, but for simplicity. Neutral whites, creams, tans, and light browns are used to stimulate feelings of relaxation and serenity.
2. SOFT AND LAYERED TEXTURES
Adding textures to a room to feel soft and fluffy can indulge your senses and ultimately create an environment filled with comfort. The core notion of Hygge is being able to create spaces that are both cozy and relaxing in nature, a place where you can curl up with a good book in front of a fire. Decorating a space with pillows, fuzzy throw blankets, and carpets can make you want to snuggle up and unwind.
3. CANDLES AND WARM LIGHTING
Candles are perfect in any space that you wish to embrace Hygge. To create an atmosphere that gives off softer light sources, warmth can be created with the use of minimal and delicate fairy lights that are both simple and fun. Specifically, warm-LED lights and candles can create a soothing and relaxing ambient atmosphere, a core element of Hygge.
4. A COZY FIREPLACE
Lastly, let’s not forget a wood burning fireplace. Fireplaces should be the heart of any living room space and is a must for achieving Hygge. Perfect for creating a focal point that is both warm and inviting for all to gather around and relax. A cheap way to achieve this warmth, and ultimately Hygge, is a wood burning stove. Wood burning stoves are perfect for creating intimate and relaxing moments with your loved ones or just a good way for you to curl up with a bundle of blankets. If you do not have a fireplace in your home, don’t worry! using candles and mood lighting can help you create that warmth and coziness that you may be missing.
I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I had fun researching Hygge and sharing some tips to achieve this ambiance in your home. What are some of your favorite ways to decorate your home to achieve relaxation and comfort?
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