The definition behind living the Hygge lifestyle developed as far back as the 18th century as a way to get through long dark winters
But why would you want to get with the Hygge house design trend?
Because this Danish lifestyle is rooted in creating cozy spaces free of clutter. I don’t know about you, but after everything we’ve been through this past year I totally need something like this!
Hygge, (pronounced Hue-gah or Hoo-gah) is a calm, comfortable time spent with people you love. It’s a complete absence of frustrations, or anything overwhelming, often enjoyed with good food and drinks, warm blankets, and candlelight. If they spent their time this way, no wonder the Danes are considered some of the happiest people in the world. What began as a solution to get through their long dark winters, has now evolved into a popular year round lifestyle.
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What should you do to create this type of environment?
First, start with decluttering your space. Too many items that don’t serve a real function can impede the cozy calm feeling you’re trying to create. So, when you declutter, remember to edit down to those things you love that have a function or purpose, and convey your personality.
Second, bring some calmness into the space
Now this is best done through natural light, candle light, and plants. In fact, lighting and plants connect us to nature. When our skin is exposed to natural sunlight it can manufacture its own Vitamin D. This is a good thing since Vitamin D helps prevent bone loss and can ward off seasonal depression. Whereas the flickering flames of candles are soothing and adds soft ambience to a room. If the candles are scented, the aromatherapy benefits are relaxing, can reduce stress, plus alleviate headaches and migraines. Lastly plants are great for eliminating air pollutants, increasing humidity and producing oxygen. Hence, if you have allergies or asthma breathing good air equates to finding your happy place and I’m here for that!
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Third, add layers of textured pillows and blankets
Choose eco-friendly fabrics like cashmere, linen, wool, hemp, cotton, sheepskin, and bamboo. Not only do they have a soft lived in look they’re also fabrics we love to wrap ourselves in. Whenever possible use knitted, velvet, or soft suede pillows for snuggling next to the fireplace.
Fourth, choose neutral colors
Bring in neutral colors often found in nature. In fact, if you don’t like to change things around often, neutral colors are safe, and classic so you’ll never get bored with them.
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Fifth, select furniture and accessories made from organic and natural materials
Next select materials like wood, bamboo, brick, stone, leather, iron, rattan, wicker, and seagrass. In addition, natural stones like granite, travertine, and marble all help give off that earthy vibe.
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Lastly enjoy your space with those you love with good food and drink
After you’ve done all the work, what better way to enjoy your home than with your family and closest friends. And there’s nothing like getting a conversation started then from the aroma of fresh baked goods or something slow cooking in the oven. In short order, someone will surely take a walk down memory lane then ask for a copy of your recipe. Finally don’t forget to include the critters. Afterall, they’re an important part of the family too.
I hope the definition behind living the hygge lifestyle inspires you to take the first step!