One of the biggest trends in home design and decor right now is an idea rooted from the Danish word "hygge" (pronounced hoo-gah). The term is defined as “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.” Though there are no exact English words to truly translate, a close enough reflection of the idea would be "cozy". The word derives from the desire to find comfort and serenity in any situation or state which allows us to find solace in the every day.
With the weather being gloomy and cold during this time of year, it is becoming more and more to incorporate coziness into your home & lifestyle to lift spirits and create a space of light and positivity. To hygge your home is to create a space of warmth, comfort, and coziness to allow yourself to enjoy even the darkest and coldest winter days. Here are a few tips to hygge your home this winter season.
1. Knit Textures
Nothing screams cozy like a chunky knit throw blanket, available for you to wrap up in even on the most blistery of days. There is something that a knitted texture gives to a room that gives a sense of overwhelming warmth. Try adding a few knitted throws around the house, on couches, backs of chairs and beds. You can also get creative and incorporate knitted textures into wall decorations. Feel free to carry this idea into your wardrobe as well. Thick, oversized knit cardigans and sweaters are both warm and comfortable, especially during the chillier months.
2. Candles, Candles & More Candles
Candles have the unique ability to fill a room with magical aromatic energy and gorgeous ambiance that creates an environment of warmth, connection, and well being. The lighting of a room drastically changes when you introduce candles to the mix. The flickering light bounces off of the walls and eyes allowing the space to feel cozy and serene. If you are not a candle person, no worries! Just opt for dimmer light bulbs with warmer hues to create a similar feel. They also make those "fake" candles that still give off a flickering effect.
3. Faux Fur Rugs
Hygge is all about taking comfort in the simple and soothing things in life. Being able to sink your toes into a warm and inviting (faux) fur rug can really make an immense, positive impact on your mood. Fur itself is already associated with warmth, and especially comes out during the colder times of the year. Why not incorporate fur into your home? The most common way I have seen fur incorporation is through rugs, but I have also seen people include fur throw blankets, pillows, and even table runners.
The idea is to create a space of comfort and simplicity. Hygge is not specific to decor, but is more so a lifestyle. To incorporate hygge into your lifestyle, you need to embrace the moment and allow yourself to feel comforted. Whether that be drawing a hot bath surrounded by tealights and soft music, or even pouring yourself a steaming cup a tea, you are indulging in hygge and allowing yourself to appreciate the moment for what it is. Now, get out there and build yourself a sanctuary of simplicity and coziness. Happy hygge-ing!