If you have looked at any home decorating books or magazines in the past decade, you may continue to notice that there is a style referred to as hygge that everyone seems to be talking about. Hygge is a Danish word. This word denotes a cozy, relaxing and welcoming environment. In many cases, ‘hygge’ is considered a lifestyle.
When you look at magazines and books that relate to interior design, you’ll find tons of pictures of cozy interiors. Who doesn’t enjoy a warm and inviting place to call home. Don’t worry, you can also create a hygge home without hiring an interior designer.
It is a look that should look effortless, casual and relaxing. Many of the things that you would use to create this space can be found in your nearest Target and Walmart. Yes! You read that right Target and Walmart. Think chunky blankets, wicker baskets, throw pillows, natural wood, and ornate home décor pieces. All of these things can be found at Target and Walmart or any other neighborhood store.
Hygge should evoke a feeling of warmth and comfort, whatever this means to you. Here is a template for creating what most would consider a ‘hygge’ interiors.
Declutter – Looking at clutter is not relaxing because you are always trying to figure out how to get rid of it. Simplify and start removing the items in your home that you don’t use and that don’t have a place for. Put only those things that you love around you.
Neutral Colors – It’s easy to create a serene and peaceful ambiance when there are neutral colors in your home. You can create layers of colors with the same colors just in different shades. Consider shades of beige, tan, white, pinks, greens, etc. These neutral colors should be on display in every part of the rooms that you spend the most time in. Limit the number of patterns that you use because this will make the space too busy.
Don’t Look for Perfect – Nothing in life is perfect and your home interiors don’t have to be either. You want a place that makes ‘you’ feel at home, a place that ‘you’ can call home. If this is a large, unshaped, chair or sofa, go for it! If this is a piece of furniture that is shabby but is cozy then why not include it in your hygge lifestyle. It may be the one thing that you look forward to lounging around on after a hard day's work. Don't look for perfection, look for comfort.
The hygge lifestyle is created by the perfect lighting, colors, and whatever else that you deem comfortable and cozy. It doesn’t have to fit into anyone else’s idea of what the hygge style is to them. Rather it is what it means to you. It is a space that feels right to you and that allows you to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit.