What is ‘Hygge Living’ and Why is it Important for Your Home?

Confused by hygge living? You’re not alone. Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Danish word with roots in the Old Norse term ‘hugga,’ which means to console or give comfort. When it comes to interior design, the concept of hygge living refers to styling your home in ways that exude cozy contentment and serene refinement. It’s all about self-care, gratitude and reflection. After all, our home is the one place where we can relax in isolation. It’s important that your home is a space of comfort and there’s no better way to embrace life than by incorporating these simple hygge interior design tips…

Comfort and coziness
Be your best self and commit to this relaxed style of living by creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere throughout your entire home. Whether you opt for large-scale additions like a cozy fireplace, or you implement simple, inexpensive features like thick, throw blankets and overstuffed, faux fur cushions, hygge is about establishing a calm and content environment. Opt for textured materials with contrasting patterns and bring about a balance between your hardwood floors or cold tiles and your silky linens or sleek marble. If incorporating hygge interior design elements throughout your whole home is too much of a challenge, then consider dedicating a separate space to relaxation. Select somewhere by a window that ideally overlooks nature and snuggle up with a hot drink.

hygge interior designImage: The Gilded Pear

Embrace the light
Our key hygge interior design tip is to focus on bringing in adequate light. Make the most of natural lighting where possible and position armchairs and couches near windows so they can bask in the gorgeous glow. Be sure to incorporate overhead fixtures – and, for a truly cozy touch, unscented candles!

Focus on meaningful decor
It’s important that your decor speaks to you. Ask yourself, do I love it? Does it represent my story? It sounds sappy but surrounding yourself with pieces, photos and paintings you love can go a long way towards making you feel comfortable and at peace. Antique or childhood items, maybe even precious souvenirs from favourite holidays, are all great things to display or keep close at hand to bring back fond memories and nurture that inner youth. Hygge your way and creatively implement these keepsakes so the atmosphere of relaxation and reflection permeates your whole home.

hygge interior designImage: House of Home

Incorporate candles
Nothing speaks to hygge interior design better than the warm, effervescent glow of a candle! The subtle aroma and glow of candles really set the mood and aids in invigoration, relaxation and connection. Scent is proven to induce feelings of contentment and classic fragrances like lavender, jasmine, clove and patchouli. They are not only inviting, but smell beautiful when diffused throughout your home.

Enjoy the simpler things in life and adopt the hygge mindset. Incorporate these easy hygge interior design tips and practice self-care, relaxation and restoration!

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Kaylah Chesson

Kaylah is completing her final year of a Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws degree at Deakin University. Her particular areas of interest include property and land law, home design and the creative arts.


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