In 2017 America saw the rise of Hygge as the latest lifestyle trend. Pronounced “hoo-gah”, hygge is a Danish word used to express a feeling of comfort, coziness, and happiness enjoying the simpler things. It involves a conscious state of slowing down and being in the present, whether alone or with friends. Although the term dates back to the 1800s, its now and integral part of Danish life. If you have ever enjoyed reading a book by the fire, the comfort of an oversized sweater or the calmness of a cup of tea then you have experienced hygge.
Hygge in the Home
With a focus on warmth and comfort its not surprising to see the Hygge ideals pop up in home decor. Our day to day lives get busier and busier with each passing moment. In order to relax and recharge we need an opportunity to slow down. Creating an atmosphere of soft, warming, plush and comfortable accoutrements is at the heart of hygge.
Large knitted throws instantly create a feeling a warmth and relaxation. Look for neutral colors to create a feeling a stillness. Think about what you would want to cuddle up to on a warm winter’s day. That is your hygge moment. Capture it. Embrace this feeling when choosing the decor for your home.
Add Candles and Layers
Hygge is about the moment. The feeling you get from an experience. Being Present. Being Content. By adding layers you have the opportunity to set the stage. Remember the rule of 3? Your decor is more powerful when grouped in threes. Make up your bed with layers and layers of warm linens in neutral, contrasting colors. This will be an enticing respite and could quite possibly create your best nights sleep ever. Look to the warm glow of the candlelight or fireplace to create a calm and soothing environment. This instantly brings us back to a simpler time, when there was no electricity, no hurried lifestyle. Just sitting together staying warm, connecting with our friends and family on a cold winter’s night.
Connecting to nature instantly brings a sense of warmth and relaxation. Perhaps it connects us to a simpler time. Adding small touches of natural elements creates a sense of stillness while maintaining simplicity. It can be a simple birch wreath, a wooden decor element, natural wooden trim pieces or even a storage basket with firewood. Create small moments that remind us of the presence of nature in our lives.
Should you try Hygge? Absolutely YES! After learning more about Hygee it comes without a surprise that Denmark is consistently rated one of the worlds happiest countries. Sometimes we all just need to slow down and be present. Don’t take for granted all the things that bring you joy. Design is another opportunity to bring comfort, happiness and contentment into our lives. Happy Hygge! Until Next Time! – D