Do you hygge?
Hygge, pronounced “hyoo-gah”, comes from a Danish word meaning “to give courage, comfort and joy”.
Hygge home decor is all about creating a cozy and relaxing environment. By adding elements that maximize your home’s comfort, you can embrace the joy of hygge with your family and friends.
Now more than ever, people are spending more time at home and undertaking long-overdue home improvement projects. Why not incorporate some simple ideas to make your home more peaceful and inviting?
Today we’re exploring the hygge lifestyle, along with tips on how to bring hygge into your home.
What is Hygge?
The Danish created the concept of hygge in the 18th century, and it’s now a fundamental part of the Danish lifestyle. Hygge focuses on finding pleasure in small, everyday moments and welcoming comfort in your life.
Is your home functional, yet cold? Stylish, but uninviting? We often decorate our homes with no regard to how the space makes us feel. Sometimes, stepping into a home seems like entering a museum rather than a sanctuary from the outside world.
The hygge lifestyle is all about comfort, relaxation and renewal.
How to Bring Hygge Into Your Home
A welcoming, warm and restful environment can benefit your home and all who enter it. Here are some popular ways to experience hygge.
1. Banish Clutter
Clutter makes it difficult to create a space of relaxation. Reduce unwanted things, then invest in storage solutions that keep clutter to a minimum.
If you’ve ever been to an IKEA store, you know the Danish appreciate simplicity. Like Marie Kondo’s “spark joy” philosophy, a hygge home is simple in furnishing but rich in texture, warmth and comfort.
2. Add Throw Pillows and Blankets
Who doesn’t enjoy snuggling on the couch with a mountain of fluffy pillows and blankets?
Use textured pillows made of cashmere or wool to increase your comfort level and lend visual interest.
Pro tip: Thick, chunky blankets are usually the way to go. But if the weather’s too warm for heavy blankets, use light layers or lap blankets you can toss aside easily.
3. Incorporate Neutral Colors
Decorating with neutrals instead of bold, bright colors adds a sense of serenity to any space.
Start with a base of white or cream, then add soft pops of muted tones like green, brown and gray to create depth.
4. Use Candles and Soft Lighting
If you could pick one element that epitomizes hygge, it’s candlelight.
Scatter candles through your home to create a warm radiance that’s unlike any other light source. You can also use small lamps, especially if light for reading is necessary.
Remember, never leave lit candles unattended and consider using candle holders or lanterns to contain open flames.
5. Hang Curtains and Drapes
Warm up your windows with the right curtains. Whether you’re accenting a fabulous view or concealing a hideous one, curtains, sheers and drapes can provide an ethereal touch to bare windows or blinds.
Design tip: Hang curtains without drilling your walls or damaging your woodwork. Use Kwik-Hang’s no-drill curtain rod brackets to install perfect curtains in a matter of minutes.
6. Display Twinkle Lights
Who says you can only use string lights during the holidays? Twinkle lights create a cozy ambiance (indoors or outdoors) and brighten up dark corners.
Design tip: Drape a string of lights over your curtains to accent your windows!
7. Light the Fireplace
In Denmark, a lit fireplace is a symbolic gathering spot for family and friends. If you’re unable to light a fire or don’t have a fireplace, try creating a tabletop candle arrangement as an alternative.
8. Create a Spa-Style Bathroom
Does your morning routine stress you out? While you may not have time for a luxurious bath every day, you can create a relaxing space to start your morning on the right note.
A spa-style bathroom with wood tones, luxe towels and fluffy rugs is a welcome treat when you’re still rubbing the sleep out of your eyes. Treat yourself to a plush robe, an essential oil diffuser or even a sound system to take relaxation to the next level.
Avoiding bathroom clutter is also key to good hygge home decor. Hidden storage space keeps bathroom items nicely organized and out of view.
9. Make a Book Nook
A “hyggekrog,” or book nook, is always appealing.
A hyggekrog is often a window seat with a lovely view of the outdoors. Add cushions, blankets, books and a place for a mug of coffee, tea or wine and you’re all set.
10. Add Greenery
Bring the outdoors in. Plants (either real or fake) can add a natural touch to any hygge-inspired decor.
11. Use Mixed Materials
Incorporate a mix of wood, stone, wool and plush fabrics in your home.
Natural materials like stone and wood offset the textures in upholstery, blankets and pillows, helping to “ground” your space and create balance.
The sense of touch is a critical element of hygge – design elements in a room should not only look good but feel good.
12. Bring Hygge Outdoors
Hygge isn’t just for inside the home.
Adding side tables and candles, along with curtains for your patio or balcony, can bring a little hygge to the great outdoors.
Live Hygge with Kwik-Hang
Enjoying time with friends and family is the most hygge thing you can do. Spend less time decorating and more time enjoying life’s simple pleasures.
Kwik-Hang is here to help you bring hygge to your home.
Kwik-Hang makes it incredibly easy to hang curtains or sheers in your hygge home, with absolutely no measuring or drilling required. Install your curtain rod brackets with just a few quick hammer taps. Then, add your curtain rod and curtains and you’re all set!