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Home design trends, much like fashion, are often rooted in and a reflection of the atmosphere and mood of the present time, and reveal a desire or search for something within one’s everyday life.
In 2017, we’re hearing more and more about the Danish concept of Hygge, (pronounced “hue-gah”), a relatively new idea to North America that was introduced to us by the recent publishing of the Little Book of Hygge, by Meik Wiking. Hygge is rooted in returning back to simplicity, enjoying everyday pleasures, living comfortably and in the moment. Denmark is famous perhaps for its epic parties and rainy days, but the country is also consistently ranked one of the happiest places on earth, topping the list in 2016. There’s no doubt we could learn a lot from the way the Danish live.
This push to Scandinavian culture isn’t a huge surprise. With the Scandinavian-inspired spa craze having dominated relaxation trends in the last few years, it seems only fitting we would want to take the secrets to a serene life and translate them to our home with these must-haves.
Scandinavian countries are the largest users of candles per capita. The warming glow and flickering light of a candle lit room is the epitome of Hygge. Find a scent that keeps you calm and serene. Danish brand Skandinavisk have even developed a Hygge candle, with scents of brewed tea, baked strawberry cake, rose petals and wild mint.
Nothing says cozy like warm, rich textures. Layer the couch with chunky knit cushions, faux fur throws and a soft woolen rug beneath your feet. Don’t focus on matching colours or shades, but instead create this oasis by using your sense of touch.
Be mindful of the clothes you wear around the house, just as you would when you’re walking out the door. Get out those loose, soft layers that encourage relaxation and unwinding. Luxury isn’t the goal, from cotton to cashmere, loungewear is dependent on the comfort of the user.
Hygge is not about being alone, and in fact is best enjoyed with friends and family. Scandinavian winters are spent enjoying time indoors with friends by the fireside, eating hearty food and enjoying good conversation. Remember, stress-free is key. Invite your guests over and relish in the process of baking or cooking for them.
Candles, decor and dinner parties aside, Hygge is about slowing down, living in the moment and enjoying your atmosphere. This concept is rooted in enjoying each moment without rushing on to the next. Hygge fights against the notion of ‘escaping’ the everyday to relax and instead maintains that everyday life can be enhanced with small changes and mindfulness. Nowhere is this more essential than in the home. Take time to brew and enjoy a mug of coffee, tidy up with the process in mind, not just the end result or reacquaint yourself with your bathtub.