Chances are, if your researching home design, you’ve heard the term ‘hygge’ by now. Whether it’s on the cover of books, or on your Pinterest or Instagram feed, the Danish lifestyle trend is everywhere right now.
Pronounced ‘hoo-gah,’ the phenomenon is not so much a style but a feeling and can be encompassed as a feeling of cosiness and contentment. Think, lying in bed as it rains outside your window, or drinking a cup of hot chocolate on a chilly day. Bliss!
If you ask us, the easiest way to incorporate more it into your life is in your home design!
Read on for 5 simple tips for making your home more hygge.
Incorporating more hygge into your home design.
1. Include warm colours into your home design
Unlike many other interiors trends, hygge isn’t all about minimalism, monochrome and metallics. It’s important to venture beyond the usual black, white and greys and add some warm colours to your palette, like burgundy, purples, browns and mustard. These shades will allow you to stick to a neutral colour scheme (so as to not be too overwhelming) but will still add some interest to your home design.
2. Hygge up your home design with lighting
Lighting is extremely important in hygge home design. You want to avoid having harsh, overly bright bulbs and instead, use lamps to illuminate your home with warm mood lighting. Bonus points if you can incorporate antique lamps into your home design, as these help to add a cosy, nostalgic feel. Scattering fairy lights around the home can also look magical.
3. Experiment with textures
While hygge home design tends to have a simple colour palette, you can have some fun with textures. Materials like wood and marble help give your home a minimalistic feel, while soft, luxurious fabrics like shag rugs, cable-knit cushions and faux fur throw rugs amp up the cosy factor.
4. Add candles into your home decor
It’s no coincidence that the Danish are some of the world’s biggest consumers of candles! Scattering gorgeous candles throughout your home decor is one of the easiest ways to make your humble abode instantly feel more warm and cosy. It’s important to remember that when it comes to hygge, the look of the candle is just as important as the scent. Opt for candles in simple packaging in muted or metallic tones, rather than anything too bright or busy.
5. Incorporate a ‘hyggekrog’
Also known as a ‘snug,’ a hyggekrog is a little nook in the home. Whether it’s a windowsill in your house or a spot on your balcony, this is a spot you can decorate with hygge touches like a candle, cushions or a soft blanket. This is perfect if you can’t decorate your entire home the hygge way, but still want to have your own cosy sanctuary where you curl up with a cuppa and good book.
The Danish people are known as some of the happiest people on earth, so you know this is one interior trend worth trying. Hopefully, you picked up some useful hygge home design tips from this article and are ready to create the ultimate cosy living space. For more interior design and home styling tips, check out our other articles.