There’s been a lot of talk about the hygge design style lately, and the discussion has now moved from those who are familiar with the design world to ordinary home owners. It’s a Danish design trend, the meaning of which is a bit difficult to translate into English.
Roughly speaking, to hygge up a space is to make it more intimate and fill it with small items that you love and cherish. Even though the concept sounds foreign, the feelings it invokes are universally understood.
Heating it up
A big part of hygge design is the warmth and comfort of a home. Using fireplaces and candle light to create such a feeling is probably the easiest way to make sure your home is ready to entertain guests and host small and carefully arranged parties.
The fireplace could also become a central decorating piece of the room. It’s often seen as something that only fits into rustic design and old-fashioned rooms, but if you choose the right design it can also appear modern. For example, it goes strikingly well with minimalist design.
Use all the space
The home should be used to its fullest potential. That means that all the space you have available should be used and turned into something either useful or decorative. Take a good hard look at how much of your space is being unused or underused and do something about it.
One of the areas that often get overlooked is the space bellow the stares, which is often just empty and naked. It could be a great storage space or even a small reading nook for your library and a corner set up for reading.
Comfort and indulgence are what hygge is all about in its core. Don’t hesitate to look for a furniture sale where you can find a large and cozy sofa that can be the centerpiece of your room. The furniture itself should invite you to spend lazy days in it and to spoil yourself.
It’s best to embrace floating furniture in these cases and never place it against a wall. That will give you a chance to experiment with the decorations and to see how your sofa will interact with all the other decorations you have around the room.
Lighting is the key to set the ambiance of a room. Try to make sure you have enough natural light whenever you can. Sometimes this may require you to add a few additional windows. This is a large project, but it’s worth it if it makes your home better lit and more welcoming.
When it comes to artificial lights, the best effect will be accomplished simply by spreading out accent lights all over the room and using them to change up the ambiance of it when needed. If you plan to do so, make sure you use eco-friendly light bulbs at all times.
Adding a nursery
A nursery is probably the room best suited to hygge style. It’s the room where warmth and comfort are of the greatest importance, and having an aesthetic in mind when you choose the design will help with that. A big part of it is having a smooth and monochromatic palette that’s suitable and easy to change when needed.
A small nursing station is the only part of this room that you need to install and that might prevent you from using the room for a different purpose as you child grows, but that’s something you can overcome easily.
A point about style
Hygge is an inspiring style that brings a new and strange culture to your home. It’s perfectly fine to embrace it and see how well it will fit with your home and lifestyle. However, there’s no reason to stick with it without trying to mix and match with other aesthetic choices.
A home needs to be useable and comfortable first and foremost, and that should be your main thought when you design a home, instead of sticking to a particular aesthetic at all times.
Homeowners across the world are embracing the hygge style home design. It’s all about making your home warm and welcoming so you can indulge yourself in it.