You probably have already come across the concept of Hygge – a wellbeing and contentful way of living.
Around 7 years ago, or even more, this word went from being almost only known to the Danes and the Scandinavians, to now being a common lifestyle word even in US and UK.
In fact if we check Google trends we can see that the interest for Hygge has been there the past years.
Usually Hygge trends in the end and start of the year – which usually are the more colder months around the world. Those months when a Hygge lifestyle can really help to inspire a more contentful and cozy life. While winter months might be more of a time to do cozy activities, for the Danes Hygge is not only for winter months but is a cultural identity all year round.
What is Hygge?
Hygge is a state of the mind concept which aims to provide happiness, and contentful feelings and a feel good vibe.
This happiness and feel good vibes is combined with a relaxed and calming feeling. It is about feeling that your home is a safe zone, a relaxed place that brings happiness and joy and that you are sharing with the people you love.
The concept also encourages you to be present in the moment, and enjoy the small things in life. All from baking bread, to drinking that tea slowly and listening to the wood stove making its sounds. Which means that this concept is not just about an interior setting but is a cultural identity that goes beyond that.
The concept derived sometime in the 18th century and was first a loan word from the Norwegian language where Hygge purely means cozy. The Danes transformed this loan word and cozy word into far more than just a cozy thing – but instead created a full blown lifestyle of it that focuses on the above feelings of wellbeing and meaning.
Again, while the Danes might have claimed this with a cool word, my Swedish up bringing has a lot of cozy factors and hygge into it as well, but we refer it to “mys”.
My Hygge Story & Home
Living abroad in a much warmer climate has made me also realize how strong our up bringing was on making everything cozy.
Wether it was bringing friends over for a comfortable Friday evening, or getting invited to a friends breakfast morning. Or just hanging out by myself by the TV, looking at my favourite show with my favorite snacks and blankets.
Even though I now, live in a warmer climate the mindset of having it Hygge both through my interior but also through my life wether it is a cozy walk with my family, or incorporating candles in my decor, is super important to me. It provides meaning to my life and surrounding.
Some asked questions:
Is Hygge still a thing?
For the Danes there is no question about if Hygge is still a thing or not. It is a lifestyle and way of life engraved in the Danes life since around the 18th centurary.
For the rest of us, I would think that Hygge is even more important now since we are spending more quality time at home. And more than ever we want to create a safe and comfortable zone that promotes both well being but also encourages a relaxed and meaningful life.
How do you practice Hygge?
Practising Hygge in your life and home, comes easy if you start thinking about what truly has meaning to you. Start incorporating these activities in your life and make your decor in the way that makes it easy to practice them.
Where do you buy Hygge decor online?
There are so many places where you can buy Hygge decor online, all from shops like this if you are in US, and want to order online.
My favorite place though for some Hygge decor must be Etsy. Since they promote more unique home decor pieces and I also get that feeling of supporting a smaller business.
Hygge Home Decor Style
Here I have collected 10 tips on how to Hygge style your home decor today.
#1 Calmness and Clutter free space
To start this list the top most important thing to start with to get a hygge home decor is to create a calm and clutter free space.
Use a simple, warm and light color palette together with natural textures and plenty of stream lined storage.
This will help you to create the foundation of a Hygge home and allow your thoughts to be focused on the present and now and not on the un organized looking room.
The word we are after here is…Peacefulness!
Photo credit Karolina Grabowska
#2 Cozy up with candles
Adding candles or even (battery driven candles) adds warmth and a cozy vibe. Here there is almost no rule, the more the merrier.
So yes…you can go wild, but remember to keep things organized at the same time, to not create too much clutter that can add on stress.
I personally like to create small candle areas, example by using trays, block candles, and also other candle holders.
Let that magically candle glow calm you down!
A tip here is
If you have pets or children even going for some battery driven candles in nice lanterns and candle holders will give you a nice effect.
Photo credit Elly Fairytale
#3 Bring the outdoor in
Getting a close feeling to nature and bringing in elements from the outdoor, comes no surprise to a Scandinavian interior design style. And same goes to get the Hygge style.
By incorporating natural elements and bringing in green plants into your space, you will create a space that reminds you of the flow and ease of nature. All that brings a feeling of freedom, hope, growth and nurturing.
A tip here is
Do your research before getting plants in. Make sure that you do not spend 200 dollars on something that you do not even have the right space or light for.
For me, I am all about plants that are cheap, and easy to maintain. Example succulents, cactus and snake plants – all that goes very well in my humid climate. (On another note, not so great with pets I have heard, luckily my dog is not curious about plants at all).
Photo credit Tiia Pakk
#4 Inviting bed for lazy slow times
Make sure to spend time creating a bedroom that encourages you to have lazy Sunday mornings and early evenings for reading.
Having a clean, warm, cozy and inviting bedroom and bed will for sure be the constant reminder that life is not about rushing. It is about enjoying the small moments in life, even if it means that you linger in bed 30 minutes more during those weekends.
A tip here is
Invest in your bed: your mattress, your pillows and blankets. Layer your bedding in an imperfect kind of way, to create a lush and inviting feeling. Use different textures to create depth and to give it a warm yet clean feeling.
Don’t forget those chunkier trows during winter for those colder day reading times.
Photo credit Daria Shevtsova
#5 Display your family memories
A Hygge home is all about sharing the home with the people you love. It can be good friends or family.
Not only does a Hygge home want to share the space and make it inviting with others: this type of style also want to highlight and display family memories.
Wether it is the old candle holder you inherited or a gallery wall mixed with your mothers paintings, grandparents wedding photos and other art forms that shares your family and friends past story.
Let your home be a connection between your past and future!
Photo credit Rachel Claire
#6 Encourage baking
A Hygge home is not complete without a focus on baking and cooking food. This is not your fast type of baking but emphasize is here on enjoying it slowely while having that contentful and enjoyable feeling.
It is not so much about the outcome, instead focus is on the enjoyable process…
A tip here is
Invest in some beautiful ceramic baking trays that you can have on display on your open shelving, placed next to your favorite inspiring Scandianvian cook books.
Photo credit Nicole Michalou
#7 Cozy Zones
Creating different cozy zones throughout your space, that reminds you to calm down, or do your cozy hobby is common in these interior settings.
These cozy areas does not have to be actual rooms but can be placed in small nooks of your home. Let the creativity shine.
A tip here is
Create a cozy reading corner with cushions on the floor and a simple covered mattress. Add some cozy lighting on top and you have a small little reading or journaling area.
Photo credit cottonbro
#8 Add cozy lights
Focus on adding cozy lights throughout your home. If you have the option even go for dimmers as that will help you to create the different moods you are after.
Photo credit Nadine Wuchenauer
#9 Create a spa styled bathroom
Indulging in your well being and self-care is on the top list of the Hygge mindset. Create a bathroom that inspires a spa style. Wether you have the chance to go all out with renovating an actual spa like room, or by adding a few details in your bathroom that reminds you of that feeling.
Example, lush Egyptian cotton towels, a tray table on the side of your bath tub to place your book, candle and warm tea. And a pretty lush shower curtain and some hanging plants.
Photo credit Taryn Elliott
#10 Ample of cushions and throws
No Hygge interior is complete without scattering plenty of cushions on your sofa and/or as floor seating. And let’s not forget the chunky or soft and cozy throws that you will use for the colder evenings.
A tip here is
Buy a basket that you can store your stunning extra throws and pillows in. Ready to be used for those evenings in when family and friends pop by.
Photo credit Rachel Claire
I hope you like this Hygge home decor style list. In our space we are now focusing on creating a more Spa like relaxed bath decor together with creating those small Hygge zones throughout our space.
QUESTION: What Hygge things will you incorporate into your home?
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I am Caroline, an ex interior design consultant, turned into a content creator, 30+ something Swedish born with an insane passion and interest for design, blogging, and living a meaningful and creative life. Design to me is about creating a (your) story – it is about understanding what matters and how to create something unique and meaningful which speaks and motivates you.