Introducing Hygge, the Cozy Design Trend
As a lifestyle trend or home decor style, hygge’s benefits are undeniable
As a homeowner, you can follow countless home decor trends. But can home decor actually improve your day-to-day life?
Introducing hygge, a trend that values comfortable living. Pronounced hoo-gah, its roots lie deep in Danish culture and literally means “to give courage, comfort, joy.”
Hygge first appeared on the scene in the late 1800s and is similar to other European coziness concepts of German and Dutch descent. Hygge took off in Great Britain in 2016 and then again in 2017 within the United States.
In fact, many people participate in the hygge lifestyle without even knowing it.
Have you ever curled up on a comfy sofa with a cup of tea and a good book on a rainy day?
That’s how easy it is to live a “hyggelig,” or nice, life!
Variants of hygge further expand the trend. These terms include “hyggebukser” (those amazing sweatpants that are only worn within the confines of your home) and even “hyggekryss” (think of the enjoyment one receives from doing a crossword puzzle).
Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland — among the coldest countries —value this Scandinavian trend. And they are contentedly conquering winter seasons despite their bitter environments.
Use these easy tips and tricks to hygge your home and achieve your quest for cozy!
1. Simplicity is Key
Scandinavian design and minimalism tend to overlap. Keep things simple when decorating your home by incorporating understated furnishings and fixtures.
Color palettes are another great technique to keep homes simple. Bold colors tend to create abrasive environments while hygge values calming atmospheres.
Stick to subtle earth tones when considering wall, furniture and accent color schemes.
2. Furnish for Friends and Family
Look for pieces that promote hygge’s principles of coziness and companionship. That means having plenty of seating and accommodations for guests! Include sofas and chairs in entertainment spaces and guest bedrooms. Anticipate your guests’ needs (such as a pitcher of water and a glass on the bedside table) and fulfill them.
3. Light Your Way
Consider recessed lighting and smart-home technology to make daily life easier. A hygge atmosphere should be based on the homeowner’s taste and preference. Some may choose more dimly lit settings while others seek natural light.
This is also a perfect time to consider new window treatments or replacements!
4. Cultivate Cozy
Making your home a comfy haven of contentment is easier than you may think. Winterizing your home is helpful to not only keep the warmth in but also cut monthly utility costs and help save money in the long run.
However you decide to hygge, remember that happiness starts at home. Design your way with your budget and reap the benefits in everyday life!
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