7 Ways to Add Hygge to Your Home

7 Ways to Add Hygge to Your Home | Curated Couple
If you haven’t heard of the Danish concept of hygge by now, you’re missing out on a key lifestyle trend. Hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”) is roughly translated as the feeling of warmth, coziness, and togetherness. There is no English word for the concept, but it’s akin to how you feel being snuggled up in a blanket next to a warm fire while a blizzard rages outside, or when you’re with friends having long conversations over drinks with candles flickering.To the Danes, hygge is a lifestyle concept rather than a design trend. However, we can all add that feeling of warmth to our homes this season with a few interior updates.

1 – Layers of blankets make rooms appear warm and inviting. Drape a throw over the arm of a side chair or along the top of a couch for easy access when the temperature dips in the evening. (We just purchased this one.)

2 – The Danes are rumored to be the largest consumers of candles per capita, so it’s not surprising that candles are at the heart of hygge. The flickering light from candles instantly creates a sense of warmth and refuge from a cold day. Choose unscented candles to cluster together in pretty candle holders.

3 – When you think of cozy interiors, natural materials likely come to mind. Consider adding things like wicker baskets and reclaimed wood to your interior.

4 – As with blankets, adding extra throw pillows to your couch makes your home feel more inviting. Choose pillows in neutral colors and interesting textures that are soft to the touch.

5 – One of the foundations of hygge is finding pleasure in simple activities, like sharing a hearty meal. Things like rustic cookware and wooden spoons set the tone.

6 – In addition to layers of warm neutral colors like white, tan, and brown, consider adding decor accents in dark saturated colors to make your home feel more like a cozy retreat from a blustery day. Burgundy, navy, and evergreen are all beautiful options. Home accessories can be easily stored when the weather warms up and you’re ready for a fresh color scheme.

7 – Faux fur (and oftentimes real fur) is a staple of Scandinavian design. Put a faux fur throw blanket at the foot of your bed or add small sheepskin textiles to the seats of your dining room chairs for added warm and comfort while you settle in with a glass of wine and your home-cooked meal.

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