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Creating a Cosy Hygge Home

In a world where it can be difficult to escape from the stress and anxiety of everyday life, creating a sanctuary of comfort and warmth is incredibly important.  

Hygge, originally a Norwegian word, is a Danish concept that has gained a lot of attention over the last few years. It encapsulates the essence of cosiness, contentment and well-being. Going beyond aesthetics, it represents a lifestyle centred around simplicity, comfort and mindfulness.  

Understanding Hygge 

At its core, hygge is about embracing the simple joys of life and finding beauty in the ordinary. It’s about creating a sense of intimacy and connection, both with oneself and with others. This lifestyle concept is deeply ingrained in Danish culture, influencing them throughout the year through various means including traditions. 

Calming Neutrals 

One of the main elements of hygge is to be underwhelming. You don’t want to overwhelm your surroundings or yourself as it detracts from the cosy and calming purpose of hygge. When choosing a colour palette for your home, you’ll want to consider neutral tones; light greys, browns and creams will help create a peaceful atmosphere.  

Cosy Textiles 

Another defining feature of hygge is the use of soft and tactile fabrics that invite you to snuggle up and unwind. Using plush throws, fluffy cushions and woollen blankets in your space will create the perfect, comforting environment for relaxation. Take it a step further by choosing natural materials such as cotton, wool and linen to add warmth and authenticity to your home as well as luxury. 

Gentle Floors 

In a hygge home, the flooring should be inviting and comfortable underfoot.  

Carpets are a hit-or-miss in the world of hygge. They add warmth and texture to your space, but they can be quite unhygienic as they collect and trap dust and bacteria. Instead, you could choose hard surfaces such as wood flooring or even luxury vinyl flooring. Layer them with rugs to create cosy areas and add to the aesthetic of the space. 

Soft Lighting 

Diffused lighting is essential in hygge design. You’ll want to avoid harsh overhead lights and choose warm, gentle illumination from table lamps and floor lamps. 

Consider soft candlelight to create a cosy atmosphere and add a touch of intimacy, romantic or otherwise, to your home. Just make sure to choose candles that don’t have an overpowering scent. Dainty fairy lights complement this style too; they’re versatile and create a cheerful glow throughout your home. 

Dimmer switches or adjustable light fixtures are another way to enhance the comfort of your space as you can customise the lighting to suit your mood and activities.  

Simple Pleasures 

Hygge goes beyond physical comfort. It’s also about indulging in simple pleasures that bring joy and contentment to your everyday life.  

Create cosy reading nooks or spend time with loved ones; surround yourself with things that bring you happiness. Whether that’s a book, a film, a cherished memento or a cup of tea. Hygge allows you to embrace a slower pace and a more peaceful life, by cherishing every moment and finding beauty in the ordinary. 

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