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Perhaps hygge is the secret behind the Danes' title as the world's happiest people? The unpretentious escape from an increasingly demanding and hectic everyday life where our home becomes our nest to retreat to.
Although the concept has found a place in the Danish people's soul, the word hygge is originally Norwegian. The definition is broadly the same, namely: a strong focus on well-being and the cosy feeling that small moments in life give us. You've probably heard the word before as hygge has taken the world by storm.
The concept of hygge encapsulates true Scandinavian lifestyle and interior design.
It is hardly surprising in a world where stress has become increasingly evident and naturally after the last few years, we are all keen to celebrate the smaller moments. Hygge is, in short, a concept that invites us to slow down and enjoy joyful moments.
A cosy hygge living room contains comfortable furniture and an inviting atmosphere, so you can enjoy fika with friends.
A hygge lifestyle allows us to enjoy our valuable time and good coffee together with our nearest and dearest. Our interiors are cosy and comfortable and inspired the nature outside. We have collected 5 tips to help you create your own cosy hygge living room:
Tactile textures are the base of any cosy hygge living room. Pick out elements that encourage you to reach out and touch them such as textured vases, translucent glass candle holders or linen pillowcases. Wrap yourself in a woven cotton throw and sink your feet into a deep pile wool rug. Hygge is all about comfortable and inviting elements, so focus on items that are made from natural materials with a real sense of craftsmanship.
Enter almost any home in Scandinavia in the depths of winter and you are sure to find soft, cosy lighting and candles burning in every room. In an area of the world where the sun barely rises for a few months of the year, the warming light of a candle is all but essential for one’s well-being. Candles are an absolute must have when it comes to creating a cosy hygge living room. Combine them withscented candles and diffusers to create the ultimate inviting atmosphere in your home.
When decorating with rich textures it can be easy for the room to become overwhelming or cluttered. Maintain the calm in your cosy hygge living room with a soft, neutral colour palette. Think natural shades of wood pared with calming shades of beige or off white. Pops of colour certainly are not off the table but focus on naturally calming tones such a blue or green that will not disrupt the harmony.
Lea wool rug | Scandi Living
Neutral tone on tone grey and beige combined with natural materials like wool, linen and wood create a calming hygge living room at the home of German Instagram profile @wohnfuehlen_mit_stil.
Along with tactile textures, natural elements are key to creating a cosy hygge living room. Bring the outside in with green pot plants and cut flowers. Nature can also be brought in, in the form of natural materials, such as a wooden or even a stone coffee table, or a natural green vase.
Last but by no means least, lighting is an essential element in any room. To create a cosy hygge living room think low level table or floor lighting. Choose light bulbs with a warm colour temperature. Lamps with a frosted glass shade spread a wonderful soft glow to really up the cosy factor in the long cold winter nights.
Read our guide to Choosing the right light bulb here!
The concept of hygge centres of finding joy in the small moments and creating an environment in which we feel safe and secure. Creating a cosy hygge living room is therefore ultimately about surrounding yourself with items that bring you peace and joy and creating a welcoming space for everyone we love.
Photography: Angeliqa Daldorph, @helenas.hem, @houseofekman, @joanna.avento, @tamaraxhem @interiorbygigi, @our_home_living @wohnfuehlen_min_stil, @idaskvm