Hygge, the most sought-after Danish design trend, has taken over the world. From sipping a mug of spiced cider by the fireplace recently uncovered from fire pit covers, illuminating your home with a warm candle glow to decking your living space with comfy blankets and knitted throws, hygge is all about appreciating little things that evoke a feeling of coziness, well being, and pure contentment.
What is Hygge?
Pronounced as ‘hoo-ga’, hygge has its roots in Danish culture. Derived from the 16th-century Norwegian term, ‘hugga’, it literally means ‘to give courage, comfort, and joy’. This Scandinavian way of life revolves around creating a peaceful, serene, and inviting space that paves the way for a relaxed, happy and blissful life.
Focus on Simplicity
This Danish trend is a confluence of comfort, tranquility, and conviviality merged with simplicity. With an inclination towards minimalism, the Scandinavian style is known for incorporating understated furnishings and fixtures, decluttered spaces, and using neutral color palettes to create calming ambiance.
A couple of candles, some meaningful wall art, and a selection of ambient lights are some of the simplest ways to create a hyggelig (hygge-like) interior.
Add Different Textures
Planning to create a warm, cozy ambiance? Try mixing different textures. Incorporating fluffy, soft, plush textures helps to create eye-catching layers and visual depth to your hygge abode. There’s no denying how incorporating warm, natural materials like wood, wool, and fur adds interest to an otherwise minimalist decor and raises the comfort quotient high.
While fur rugs, chunky knitted throws, woven mats, velvet cushions are the quintessence of Scandavinian comfortable conviviality, you can add a pop of color by draping your chairs and oversized pillows in vibrant chair covers and pillow covers respectively.
Bring Outdoor Elements Inside
The aesthetic value of plants can never be undermined. Greenery not only helps cultivate calming, visually pleasing feelings but livens the mood and contributes to mental wellbeing. Incorporating plants into your home décor can do wonders and bring an element of freshness in an instant.
Hygge lifestyle values nature and natural materials. To reflect the outdoors, go for exposed brick walls, uncovered wooden floorboards, and stacked layers of chopped logs – the quintessence of a Scandinavian style.
Prioritize Time with Friends & Family
According to a study, the quality of family relationships can have considerable consequences for well-being. The feeling of warmth and togetherness among family and friends contributes towards achieving a cozy, positive environment that hygge is all about. Unwind. Organize intimate gatherings.
Call family and friends over tea or dinners because to live the hygge way, you have to focus on friendship, wholesomeness, and happiness. As they say ‘home is where friends are’, check out different ways to reinvent Thanksgiving with a party for your friends.
Comfort Food Ideas
There’s nothing more pleasant than reading by the fireplace all snuggled up in a warm blanket and enjoying some decadent hygge comfort food.
- While it snows outside, a bowl full of piping coconut porridge topped with apples, nut butter, and toasted coconut flakes is an excellent hygge breakfast choice.
- No one can say no to coffee and delicious kanellbular (cinnamon rolls), the absolute toothsome pleasure on a cozy day.
- A plate full of not-too-sweet, light, and fluffy Danish pancakes filled with ripe peaches and a plop of whipped cream is a hygge essential.
Develop a Cold-Weather Self Care Routine
Hygge is a lifestyle that values well-being and helps bring contentment and peace in life. But without self-care, the decor alone wouldn’t suffice.
- Get a jump on self-care with a glass of warm lemon water in the morning. From boosting your immune system to promoting skin health, adding this simple yet effective drink to your routine is pure bliss.
- Instead of taking a quick shower, indulge in a relaxing bath. Turn your bathroom into a Spa-like retreat with ambient lights, uncluttered tranquility, soothing music, scented candles, and comfy robes.
- Munch on scrumptious savories and pick up an activity that you enjoy to unwind and focus your mindset. From baking to reading or just lounging in your bed, get rid of distractions and enjoy the quality ‘me’ time.
The Perfect Winter Cocoa Recipe
Add instant hygge to any moment with a mug of hot chocolate. This rich and deeply satisfying beverage is all you need while you nestle in your woolies reading a book or binging your favorite comfort show.
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
- 1 cup chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Whipped cream, for serving
- Chocolate shavings, for serving
In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring milk to a boil. Add sugar and cocoa powder and stir well until no lumps remain. After adding some chocolate chips and vanilla, let the liquid simmer until the chocolate completely gets melted. Turn off heat and serve hot chocolate into mugs. Don’t forget to garnish with some whipped cream and chocolate shavings for that extra flavor.
Make the Outdoors Warm & Inviting
To embrace the Danish lifestyle in full force, give your outdoors a hygge makeover too. A well-lit dining area can be beautified with personalized table covers & chair covers. Use illuminated candles and green foliage as centerpieces to add to the snug aesthetics.
A relaxing spot with a fire pit and hammock for those leisurely evenings is an easy way to enjoy a hygge experience on your porch. Ensure your outdoor decor stays weatherproof all season long with heavy-duty custom covers and fire pit covers.