What’s the deal with hygge? It’s a trend. It’s a way of life. It’s a movement. It’s.....Danish and has been around since the 18th century? Why yes, and it’s back and here to stay in a big way.
What is hygge? Hygge is a feeling. It’s coziness. Simplicity. Happiness. Warmth. Joy. It’s pretty much all the qualities you want in your home. Or a perfect Sunday—think blankets, a good book, and a warm cup of coffee (hey, don’t get lost in the magnificence of that vision). It’s about appreciating the small things in life, and in a hyper-connected world, it’s just what people need in their life and their home.
So, how do you pull it off? Well, Hygge isn’t something you can buy. It’s not created with expensive furnishings and fancy furniture. It’s more simple than that. It’s an atmosphere. It’s subtle and invokes emotion. Sounds easy right? Think again—but don’t overthink it! If you’re ready, there are a few simple things you can do to start feeling hygge in your home. Follow these three tips and you’ll be well on your way to tapping into the happiness that is hygge.
1. Banish Clutter
This might come across as common sense, but you’d be surprised at how many people can’t (won’t) let go of their stuff. And what is all that stuff? It’s busy. Dusty. Distracting. Have you ever thought to yourself, “wow, this clutter really calms me down.” We don’t need to answer that, do we? So begone clutter! Try your hand at minimalism—trust us, you’ll feel the difference and it will be worth it. Once all those knick-knacks and dust-collectors are gone, you’ll be able to breathe and calmness will cascade over you like a river over rocks. Sign me up.
2. Embrace Simplicity
Hygge isn’t about how much money you spend. We already said this, but it bears repeating. Hygge is about creating a warm atmosphere that encourages tranquility and a space that you, your family, and your friends never want to leave. Incorporate welcoming touch and texture— blankets, chunky knits, fluffy pillows, and soft rugs— anything that brings out that cozy feeling in you. And, although we love bright colours, a neutral colour scheme will soothe you when you’re stressed and help you get hygge. (P.S. don’t forget candles!)
3. Create Joy
Surround yourself with artwork that inspires you, furniture you find beautiful, memories that fill you. Don’t just buy things for your home that are on sale. Buy with purpose. Buy what moves you. Hygge is a feeling, it’s a mood, it’s a way of life. If you want to feel hygge, you need to find joy in your surroundings, and nothing says joy to us more than a beautifully styled home, artfully accented with memories, and furniture that is both tasteful and full of character.
Hygge really is about stepping back, appreciating the little things, and infusing beauty into your life. It’s about building a home and living in such a way that makes you feel happy everyday—that’s why it’s more than a trend.