If you’ve ever wondered why it always seems like the Danes are living their best life, the answer is simple: hygge. Hygge, pronounced like hoo-gah, is the art of taking joy in the simple things and living the coziest life possible. Don’t worry; you don’t have to travel to Denmark to get this lifestyle because I’m going to show you how to bring it straight to your room!
First, thing’s first:
Before we get to the fun part, there’s one important step we have to take, and that’s decluttering. Any time you’re resetting your space decluttering is a necessity. It instantly gives you that fresh New Year’s feeling. If you’re anything like me, the thought of decluttering your entire life, or even just one room, is more daunting then it is exciting, but that’s where Marie Kondo comes in. Marie Kondo devised the KonMari method of cleaning: when decluttering ask yourself if it sparks joy, if not get rid of it. Before you declutter, I would highly recommend checking out her book and show!
Now, that you’ve decluttered let’s get to the fun part: decorating!
Textures are a great way to add both coziness and character to your space. Since my room has a neutral color scheme, textures help to ensure that it doesn’t look bland. I chose to contrast natural textures (wood, woven rugs, cork, etc.) with softer textures (fuzzy blankets and pillows) to create a blend that worked best for me. To implement texture into your space, you can use:
Rugs are a great way to give your space a cohesive feel while adding a spice of texture. Now there are a couple of different ways you can go about this. I chose a more natural-textured rug, but you could pick a fuzzy rug, it’s all about what makes you happy! You can also use the rug to experiment with bolder accent colors.
Hygge is all about comfort and what says comfort more than wrapping yourself up in a blanket and reading a good book or watching your favorite TV show. Not only are blankets perfect for forts you can also use them to decorate! Placing a wicker basket filled with a throw blanket will instantly bring a cozier vibe.
Continuing with cozy textures, throw pillows are a must. Not only are they great for resting your head on, but they serve as decor that can instantly transform your room. Like rugs, throw pillows are a great way to experiment with colors and patterns. For added seating and coziness, you can also invest in a floor pillow.
Lighting has a huge effect on the atmosphere of your room. Natural lighting is a great way to make your space feel cozy. To optimize your natural light use light-weighted curtains, cotton will do, and light colored walls. This will help the light to flow through easily and reflect off your walls, filling your whole space up with a feeling of hygge. While natural lighting is always preferable you can also use these sources for light:
With their amazing scents and natural warmth, it’s no wonder candles are a must-have. I prefer fall scented ones, like vanilla or pumpkin spice. Scents have a strong correlation with memories, helping to instantly create a cozy feel. Even better they cast a warm light that makes you want to curl up with a good book.
One word: aesthetic. String lights cast the perfect warm glow that hygge requires. Lately, my favorite thing to do has been to curl up in sweatpants, turn on my string lights and write in my journal before bed; it helps me to relax and clear my head.
Harsh light bulbs can make you feel like your stuck in a hospital, not exactly the hygge feeling we were looking for. Low hanging lights are ideal, but even something as simple as switching your light bulbs for warmer tinted ones will do the trick.
Maybe it’s just the bibliophile in me, but adding books to my space instantly transforms it. My favorite part of my whole apartment is our reading nook. There’s no better way to relax then curling up with a warm drink and a good book.
Natural elements like wood and succulents help to bring in some of outdoors, preventing you from feeling claustrophobic. Plants have huge benefits like cleaner air and increased focus. Besides, who doesn’t love plants? If you don’t have a green thumb, you can buy fake succulents. While they may not rid the air of toxins, they still have that relaxing hygge effect.
Neutral colors help to enforce relaxation, as oppose to vibrant colors which can create an energetic feeling. I would recommend a color scheme of whites, blacks, tans, with some green accents, but feel free to experiment until you find something you love.
Now that you’ve shown your space some love you might want to take steps to adopt the hygge lifestyle! I can’t wait to how your room turns out! Comment down below with your favorite hygge room decoration.