How to bring in Hygge this Winter?

November 14, 2017

Right off the bat, ‘hygge’ is pronounced HOO-gah; we thought we’d clear the pronunciation part first before we go about marveling at this magical snow globe of the Danish concept of cozy living.  


We love the snow, the mistletoe, the fireplace, and of course those beautifully wrapped presents that sit pretty underneath the Christmas tree – aww, feels like being transported back into those glorious days of childhood! It might not snow here in India but the cold days, hot beverages, and cuddling up in blankets and slurping up the noodles – holds a special place in our hearts just as Christmas does in the hearts of the Westerners.  


But why are we talking about Christmas and winter and mellow idleness? Well, that’s because the very idea of hygge comes from it. Winters in Denmark are unmerciful, dark, and very cold – basically they can engulf you in thick layers of blues and cause some serious boredom which can be quite dispiriting for the heart and soul. The concept of hygge came into being as a response to the darkness and ennui. So hygge isn’t running away from the drudgery and sameness that real human life is known to be made up of but working your way around to make it charming, comforting, and convivial by creating simple rituals. That’s how we’d like to describe it. 


It’s a beautiful slant on living our lives and goes more than just savoring home-made goodies or reading your favorite tome by the fireplace. You can bring hygge in your home through simple home décor and furnishings. Read on to know how. 


Create intimate spaces with contrast

 Image source: The Jungalow

 

Hygge is all about working subtle dichotomies in your home. Picture home furnishings like Boho cushions, faux fur throws, and appliquéd quilts – and now imagine them sharing space with geometric wire cage pendant lights, wooden side tables and reclaimed wood hutch; a perfect interplay of hard and soft elements.

 

 

 Image source: Pinterest

 

If you ask us – a leaning ladder bookshelf or a rustic ladder propped against a neutral wall with blankets and throws either stacked or hung on the rung with planters thrown in for good measure is a great hygge sight to behold!


Make the most of light 


There’s something really magical about the early and raw shafts of sunlight sneaking in through the slits of your curtains and brushing your coffee table and newspaper with gold. That’s the thing with winters – the sun becomes a pleasant orb of light, setting the tone for balmy days and nights. 

 

 Image source: Pinterest


The Danes plump for minimal, pale-colored curtains and sheer curtains (they keep window dressing to the minimum as they want to let plenty of natural light to pour in). While stellar decorations seldom make their way on curtains, we however, suggest simple ornamentation like pompoms and triangular tassels for your curtains to look livelier and happier. 


Create a cozy nook that will make you smile

 

 Image source: Pinterest


A window sill vignette layered with planters, décor pieces, and photo frames will add character and interest to your interiors (we bet you’ll be lingering there more than anywhere else in your home). 


Whether for reading, eating, enjoying or catching some afternoon z’s, your nook is that special place in your home that offers an escape from the usual. A cozy window seat nook offers a perfect spot to display your cool selection of soft furnishings like cushions and throws. We love the ones with Christmas-y motifs; they are totally in keeping with the festive spirit. 

 

 

Image source: Tulips

 

 Make tidiness a way of everyday living 

 

The Danes are known for their tidiness and de-cluttered spaces. The whole idea of hygge is posited on the principle of less is more and that can only be achieved if we free ourselves from unnecessary objects and distractions. Ingenious storage ideas and keeping only that which sparks happiness are the tenets of this magical lifestyle.

 
We actually came across a gem of a book by Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up an we must say it taught us a lot about organizing and maintaining our mess! You should definitely give this a read!

 

Image source: Google

 

As we said in the beginning, hygge is all about creating your own simple rituals and living mindfully and consciously by engaging in things that truly spark joy in your lives.

 

So, ready to hygge?

 


 

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