Denmark is considered one of the happiest countries in the world which has made the world proactively decipher their mindset and lifestyle to achieve the same level of happiness in their own lives as well. One attributing factor is ‘Hygge’ (pronounced as ‘hoo-guh’) which is a concept that focuses on the feeling of cosiness, warmth, love and fulfilment. Hygge also includes the proper home decor that triggers all the good hormones creating a sense of well being. Here are a few tips by which you can convert your home into an abode of happiness.
1. Bring Nature Inside
Living in bustling cities is often devoid of a vehement connection to nature and you can simply accommodate more greenery in your home with plants of various shapes and sizes. Rustic wooden furniture and flooring can make the surroundings cosier and simpler. You can add natural elements like clay pieces, textured details and flowers to your verandah or balcony for that burst of colour.
2. Warmth from Candles
Candles are the epitome of Hygge that the Danes feel is incomplete without, so much so that they are its largest consumer in Europe. Candles create a warm and subdued effect that doesn’t have any harsh lines and glare in the eyes. They have an old world charm associated with them and provide oodles of pizzazz in any room. Make sure to use unscented candles so they do not overwhelm the atmosphere with a pungent scent.
3. Devise ‘The Nook’
Each hygge home has a spot that exudes warmth and relaxation where you can curl up with a blanket while reading your favourite book. Or perhaps have a hot cup of coffee or tea while enjoying a moment of peace on the comfiest sofa in the house. You can create the nook by stacking books beside the cushioned sofa or chair with layers of pillows. You can position this near a window that provides ample natural light.
4. Add Vintage Traces
Family and friends are an integral part of hygge with much emphasis being given to keeping in touch with them regularly. Adding their essence to your home will create a sense of belongingness and gratitude. You can display your ancestry and nostalgic pieces that are in sync with your personal life. This will create a sentimental value by showcasing things like your favourite musical instrument, pictures of happy memories, travel souvenirs and more.
5. Neutral or Warm Colour Theme
Hygge stresses more on the level of comfort rather than swaying with the latest trends. Projecting warm and neutral colours that enhance the appeal of warm and natural light creates a calming and ambient space. Bold and dark colours often make the home look cluttered but it is often noted that light hues like beige, cream and light yellow make the place appear bigger. You can throw in pillows, art decor, blankets and planters for best results.
6. Hygge Outdoors
Along with transforming the interior of your home, pay special attention to neglected spots that you use daily like your balcony, lawn or patio. You can add string lights, flower pots, tables, rugs, weather friendly chairs along with a few decor items. You can also use portable projectors to enjoy your favourite movie under the glow of the stars for a magical hygge feeling.
7. Simple Living High Thinking
A cluttered space will pave the way to a cluttered mind, so rather than going overboard on home decor and throwing in all that you can grab, stick to minimalism. Try to incorporate pieces and things that add to your happiness quotient and don’t become an eye sore. Make the space for living and not for a dull storage avenue.