Hygge, pronounced “HOO-gah” is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and companionable interactions with loved ones with feelings of wellness and contentment. Think of plush blankets, fireplaces, faux-fur rugs and sinking into the coffee with a cup of tea, Here is how to hygge up your life.
1. Let the Sun Shine
When you know that your home lighting has an affect on your mood, you want to make it the best. Hygge maybe cozy but that doesn’t mean low lighting is the aim. You want to feel energized during the day, so dim lighting certainly isn’t going to help. Uncovered windows let in light that’s reflected and amplified by white walls. If you don’t want to go completely shade-less for privacy concerns, consider installing a curtain hook on the wall to gather extra fabric away from your window. Mirrors also help to bounce natural light around a large room without any wires or electrical work required.
At night, wind down by casting a dim glow across your room with a floor lamp. Candles always keep things nice and cozy, and set an intimate mood, too.
2. Simplify Your Space
You can’t fully focus on the now in a cluttered room. Starting with bare windows, find ways to streamline furnishings. Extra seating crowding a room can easily be replaced by floor cushions—tuck them away in a corner and bring them out only when necessary. Keep furniture lines clean, simple, and in a layout that welcomes guests.
Take the time to simplify your collections, too. If it doesn’t bring you joy, chances are you can get rid of it. For accent pieces, go natural and hyperlocal, and make frequent changes with the season. Consider a bowl of acorns as a fall centerpiece or hang a snowy art landscape for winter. You’ll be able to display them longer, plus they’ll likely blend easily with your existing decor.
3. Warm Up With Textures
Hygge is all about layers and textures. Search for natural elements to incorporate into your home as much as possible. Natural surfaces and organic fibers edge out cold for a casual and comfortable mood. Think stone, light woods (pine, maple, and whitewashed or cerused timber), and weathered concrete.
Take those bold, sometimes harsh, materials and soften them with simple accents. Wool, cotton, linen textiles, and fur are all great ways to make your living room a place you’ll never want to leave. Keeping a neutral color palette is ideal for Scandinavian style.