The minimalism trend has hogged the spotlight for long enough. Now it’s time to turn our attention to minimalism’s cosy cousin, Hygge.
Say it with me: hoo-ga.
Hygge is a Danish word that can’t exactly be translated into English (those Danes sure can be mysterious). It’s a word used to describe a special moment or feeling, like the first sip of a hot chocolate on a winter’s day. Or seeing $23 in your account when you thought you had $6 (OK, maybe not technically Hygge, but it’s still pretty special).
Put simply, Hygge is about enjoying life’s simple pleasures, either by yourself or with the people you love. And this starts in your home.
Now, this may seem a little airy-fairy to some, but we love any excuse to create a space with the purpose of making us feel cosy, happy, and just plain good.
It’s time to #treatyourself and bring a little Hygge into your home.
Bring The Outside In
There is actual scientific proof that humans feel good in nature. This isn’t just a BuzzFeed report or an old wives’ tale, people. All that green stuff outside can really help lower stress levels and improve your mood. So why not surround yourself with nature inside, too?
Indoor plants can complete any room. They add natural colour, texture and interest, and some species can even help purify the air. Opt for lush, leafy plants like peace lilies, Chinese evergreen, and philodendron. A vase or two of bright flowers will also bring a touch of nature and cheerful colour to your space.
How Very Hygge: Indoor plants and flowers allow you to experience the calming benefits of nature inside.
Give Yourself A Break
Sometimes a Kit Kat just won’t cut it. Create a space in your home to take a break and simply be. This might be a cosy reading nook where you can sip tea and flick through your favourite paperback. It might be an entire room dedicated to thoughtfulness, reflection, and meditation. Heck, it might even be a corner of the yard where you can make daisy chains and chant your hopes and dreams.
Whatever your idea of unwinding is, make sure you have the space to accommodate and encourage it in your home.
How Very Hygge: Give yourself permission to be still in a cosy reading nook or space dedicated to relaxing.
Create Comfort And Cosiness
Hygge isn’t about creating a look, so much as a feeling. And comfort, warmth and cosiness are all must-have feels for a Hygge lifestyle. Decorate with chunky knit throws, faux fur rugs and soft cushions for a cosy and inviting atmosphere.
Don’t forget the candles. Your home will be feeling snug in no time.
How Very Hygge: Evoke a sense of warmth and cosiness with soft blankets, fluffy cushions, and candles.
To really embrace the Hygge lifestyle, ditch the clutter in your home and only hold onto the things you love. Learn how to declutter your home, room by room, with this handy post.