Have You Heard of Hygge?

You've probably come across the word "hygge" (pronounced hoo-ga) over the past couple of years, but this Danish home concept could be a little difficult to understand. Hygge cannot be defined by a single word - its more of an overall feeling of comfort. Picture this: a cozy, well-made bed that's layered with comforters & blankets, a cup of gourmet hot chocolate and your favorite book, with a roaring fire in the background. That describes hygge. 

There are a lot of things that can embrace hygge, but it really just comes down to creating a welcoming, warm and peaceful environment in your home. An advantage of hygge is that it doesn't require a big home to achieve it. Actually, some of the most "hygge-filled" spaces are small spaces.

Remember That Less Is Always More

This Nordic trend is partly about specifying the things that bring you happiness and joy. If you have small living space doesn't have room for a lot of furniture, you can embrace hygge by focusing on simple palettes of color and minimalist furniture. Hygge is achieved once everything feels just right, focusing only on the important elements. 

Create Instant Hygge With Candles

One of the easiest ways to create a sense of hygge is with some scented candles, which is essential to the hygge experience. They offer one of the easiest ways to add warmth to any size space. You can arrange them neatly on a bookshelf, a coffee table or around a drawn bath.


A Hygge Book Nook

Having a special place to read a good book is an essential element of hygge. What better way to encourage reading than a great reading nook? You don't need a lot of space to create a cozy reading area. In fact, a home library is cozier when it's quaint and compact. 

Focus on Your Bedding

Hygge originates in Scandinavia, therefore it's no surprise that it is a minimalism in modern style. Your bedding should be uncluttered but cozy, and add layer upon layer of fresh bedding. Try incorporating the hygge experience in your bedroom in two simple steps: One, declutter. Two, add a ton of blankets! If it's too warm for heavy comforters, focus on light, breathable layers.  

Focus on Lighting

Try adding cafe or string lights to your bed frame or above a comfortable chair for the full hygge effect. The right lighting can instantly make a space feel warm and inviting.

For other tips on Hygge, and more, please contact me!