How to Create a Space of Hygge
Updated: Feb 28, 2019
Over the past year you may have noticed a new word pop up in design circles to describe a space in a home: hygge. Pronounced hue-guh, this Danish and Norwegian word is used when describing a feeling or sense of coziness and comfortability, a mood of contentment and wellness. Isn't that what we are all seeking to create in the spaces of our home?
Fortunately, there are some really simple ways to incorporate this fast-growing trend in your own home. These five tips will send you on your way to snuggling in and finding peace.
One thing the hygge trend is not is harsh. The wrong lighting in a room can create an overstimulating and harsh cast that leaves homeowners and guests feeling anything but cozy. A few quick changes can completely eradicate that feeling. M+B suggests limiting overhead light when not necessary. Other light sources, like table or floor lamps + candles (both real and faux) create a sense of warmth in your room. The soft glow from either source invites the occupants to settle in. When choosing bulbs for your lights, look for low wattage or lumens, incandescent versus fluorescent.
Another tip to note in regards to lighting is the power of natural light. There is such a beauty and calm when no light other than natural light is needed. Highlight that with open windows not covered by blinds. Hang curtains high + wide to allow as much light through as possible.
Just like when dressing in the cold winter months, layers bring a sense of warmth and coziness to a space. Is there anything more comforting then wrapping up in a blanket? When we think of the homes that invite us in and make us want to stay, they are always the homes with effortless layers: the piled up pillows, the strewn about throw, the soft rug under our socked feet.
When you incorporate layers into your room, it really does feel like the room is welcoming you in. The great thing about this concept, it's applicable to any room. Bedrooms, living rooms, even your front porch or patio - layers take a space to the next level!
As you can see in the above photos, not only were pillows and throws used, but rugs. Even a rug on a carpeted floor. It adds a pop of color, anchors the space and again, amps up the cozy.
In opposition to the hygge movement, are spaces that are seem cold, sterile and monochromatic. So how can one achieve a sense of warmth and comfort even when their color palette is neutral or more one tone? Texture! Differentiating the texture within your space creates such pleasing visual interest. And the possibilities are endless making it easy to add no matter what your design style.
In a space that works to create contentment and coziness, the natural element plant life brings is a simple way to add nature in your space. Thankfully, there are so many great faux options if keeping plants alive is not in your wheelhouse.
Long stemmed, succulents, potted... there really is a plant for every space in your home!
5. Simplify and Eliminate Clutter
There is nothing cozy about sitting in a room that makes you feel claustrophobic. The less is more principle is always true but especially when trying to create a place of hygge. The things in your space should bring you joy. So if it causes stress, extra work or doesn't serve a purpose, consider eliminating it from your room by either getting rid of it or stowing it away unseen.
Some tips to consider are clearing off shelves and table tops of too many items. The rule of three is a good one to follow. We also encourage residents to do a simple clean out at least twice a year. Ask yourself why you have the item: is it helpful/functional, is it something of sentimental value, could it serve it's purpose better elsewhere? Often we hold onto things we really don't need just because the task of getting rid of things is so overwhelming. By consciously setting aside time a few times a year to go through items in your home, the project becomes more manageable.
Whether or not you are wanting to jump on the hygge train, these tips can help you make your home a space where family and friends want to gather, where you can escape the stress of the day and enjoy your time at home.