Hygge 101 for every room in your home
If you've found your way here, you probably know a little bit about the Danish concept of hygge (pronounced hue-guh). You may have heard of it and want to know more, or you might be wondering how you can turn your home into a hygge-filled wonderland.
Hygge has become a popular concept recently, and with so much information out there, it can be hard to know where to start. The good news is, we're bringing you hygge 101 for every room in your home.
What is hygge?
The obvious first step is to tell you exactly what hygge is, but this is easier said than done. There's no exact translation for the word hygge in the English language. That doesn't mean we can't understand the concept, but it might take a little longer to get there. Hygge is all about coziness, well-being, comfort, and homeyness. It's about enjoying those small moments, high-quality social interactions, and creature comforts. Although you can embrace hygge as an interior design style, it's really more of a lifestyle or a way of thinking, and it may have a lot to do with why Denmark is routinely ranked as one of the world's happiest nations.
Hygge in the living room
Since most people spend a lot of time with family and friends in the living room, this might be the first space in which you want to work your hygge magic. The great thing about giving your home a hygge vibe is that you don't have to completely redecorate -- simply add a few nice touches. Putting a throw or blanket over the back of your couch gives a comforting vibe to your home and is also useful for warming up on chilly nights. Low lighting is another hygge must-have, so invest in lamps, fairy lights, candles, and lanterns, so you don't have to rely on overhead lighting. Of course, hygge is also about spending intentional quality time with people, so a stack of board games to enjoy with your loved ones wouldn't go amiss.
Hygge in the bedroom
In the bedroom, hygge should be all about coziness, comfort, and anything else that will make you want to stay in bed for another hour. Extra blankets or a weighted blanket on top of your comforter not only look great but are also practical for the cooler months. Placing a plush rug by your bed means you'll always step onto something warm and cozy. Like in the living room, lamps, candles, and other subtle forms of lighting are preferable. We also advocate the presence of warm slippers and cozy pyjamas!
Hygge in the bathroom
It might not seem like the most obviously hygge room in the house, but you can definitely extend hygge into the bathroom. Think about slipping into a warm bubble bath surrounded by candles -- now that's most certainly hygge! Keeping your bathroom clean, uncluttered, and inviting is key because it turns it into the sort of room where you'd happily soak in the tub for hours. A big, high-pile mat will help you feel cozy and comforted when your step out of the bath, even on cold days. A definite hygge touch is a heated towel rail, so you can wrap yourself in warmth after a bath or shower. Plus, you can't get much cozier than a soft, fluffy bathrobe.
Hygge in the kitchen
The kitchen doesn't have to be a place just for cooking, it can also be a hub for family life, especially if you have a breakfast bar or space for a table. If you want to bring the whole concept of hygge into your life, the kitchen is a very important place, since so many pleasant experiences revolve around sharing food and drink. While you don't want your work surfaces to look cluttered, there's definitely room in the hygge kitchen for an attractive tea kettle or tea pot, or that vintage Pyrex collection. These additions help a kitchen look homey rather than sterile. Focus on rustic-looking crockery, and pick things designed to last rather than flimsy, throwaway items. If you have a dining table in the kitchen, invest in a simple tablecloth and candles for intimate dinners with family and friends.
Embracing hygge day to day
Now that you know more about the basics of hygge, you can extend the style into every room of your home. However, we also know it's more than just a decorative style; it's also a feeling or a way of being. Embrace hygge in your daily life by slowing down and finding pleasure in the little things, such as snuggling up under a blanket with a good book or enjoying good coffee with an even better friend. You never know -- it might make you as happy as the Danes.
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