If you read my recent post about Sherwin-Williams’ forecasted color palettes, you’ll remember I mentioned hygge when writing about one of the palettes.   I was intrigued by this Danish word and its meaning, so I read up on it and thought I’d share more information with you all, especially how it can translate when decorating your home.

So what is hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”) you ask?  I’ve read multiple definitions and attempted to summarize here:  Hygge is the feeling you acknowledge from being in a cozy and warm atmosphere where you’re content and happy living in the moment.    Hygge can be experienced whether you’re alone or with others, at home or not; it’s focused on being present and feeling content in the moment.  If you’ve sat by yourself in a comfy chair reading a book while sipping a warm cup of tea, you’ve probably experienced hygge.

Hygge has been identified as a trend in homes for 2017 and 2018.  While there are not specific items that are considered “hygge furniture” or décor, because it’s personal to each person, I’ve captured some ideas and suggestions of decorative items or actions that may lend themselves to hygge, or that have given me the hygge feeling in my own home.  Let me know what you think in the comments!

·        Reading nook – if you’re someone who enjoys reading, it’s wonderful to have a quiet area to read a book or magazine, while sipping your favorite beverage.   Lighting may be dimmed, still allowing enough light for reading, of course.   You may also consider having a candle burning nearby with one of your favorite scents.   Here are some photos of a few reading nooks that, for me, evoke the feeling of hygge.    The floor lamps in both photos have the 3-way light bulbs so that the preferred brightness can be chosen when sitting and reading.   I also suggest having a cozy throw blanket and a pillow on-hand for extra comfort.   I think I may have to go read a book after writing this … I’m ready for some hygge myself!

Note, these areas are also ready for Christmas since it’s currently that time of year.  To read more about Christmas décor ideas, see my recent posts on Christmas Trees by Room and Christmas Guest Room Ideas.

·        Master Bedroom suite – both in home decorating/redesign and home staging, I often help others set up their master bedroom suites to feel like a retreat, and in doing so, I use items that portray a “spa-like” feeling in these rooms.   If you’d like to set up your master bedroom suite for hygge, I suggest choosing soft and cozy items such as down comforters and warm throw blankets.  Pair the comforters with cozy duvet covers containing patterns and textures that are visually-pleasing to you.  Add some pillows that allow you to sit up and read a book or magazine, candles on your bedside tables or on the side of your bathtub for relaxing soaks in the tub, rolled white towels in the bath, and maybe a Bluetooth speaker on which to listen to your favorite music.  Again, here are a few photos that may evoke the hygge experience (these photos were taken by me at either Peacock Alley or Ballard Designs in Atlanta, GA):

·        Display what makes you happy – perhaps create a photo gallery wall of family memories or places you’ve vacationed.   Of course as a home stager, I’ll offer the disclaimer that when trying to sell your home, it’s best to pack away personal photos so as not to be a distraction to potential home buyers when viewing your home.   OK, back to hygge and displaying what makes you happy:  other ideas may include artwork and decorative accessories that make you happy when you look at them.  Here are a few more examples either from homes I’ve staged, or some of my favorite home decor stores (Kirklands, At Home, Ballard Designs, etc) …

·        De-clutter – often times clutter can weigh you down, and without always knowing it, you will feel anxious when viewing the clutter in your home or workspace.   Taking the step to de-clutter, organize paperwork/files and other items can lead to peace of mind and a feeling of hygge.  And again, putting my home stager’s hat on, de-cluttering is an important step in preparing your home for sale, perhaps with the benefit of experiencing hygge while doing so.  I recently organized items in my home office and I truly felt more peace and satisfaction from accomplishing this task.   Here are 1 before and 2 after photos:

I truly hope you enjoyed this post about hygge in home décor as much as I enjoyed writing it!  Drop me some comments on how your home décor items have led to the feeling of hygge for you, I’d love to hear about them!

As always, I’m here to help with home décor shopping, redesign projects, and home staging so please contact me if you need assistance:   Jeanne@graciouslysimple.com or (770) 366-2408

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6 thoughts on “What is Hygge?

  • December 22, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Jeanne I love my ‘Hygge’ chairs for reading. My nautical comfy one in the living room and my valor chair with throw in the den.

    • December 22, 2017 at 10:55 am

      That’s wonderful, and I bet you have definitely experienced hygge when sitting to read in those chairs!

  • December 22, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Funny, Jeanne, I had recently picked up a book at B&N to browse which was all about creating winter hygge! I was definitely drawn to the warm and cozy feeling. You’ve got great examples here, and makes me want to curl up and read a book with my throw blanket (since it’s snowing a little today).
    Another example of hygge is watching Hallmark, ha ha!
    Also love your Christmas mug (and mug warmer – wink!).
    Can’t wait to see you soon!

    • December 22, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      Glad you’ve heard of Hygge and are drawn to it’s warm and cozy feeling! I love the mug warmer too! See you soon to celebrate Christmas and watch Hallmark!

  • December 27, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    You’ve displayed great pic’s. Love the Reading nooks and cute mug-sweater; great suggestions to implement hygge into my life in my small condo. And ideas you wrote on candles, lighting, and pillows w/ throws in a comfy chair will create a great place to read.
    After pic’s in your home office look terrific. Now I want organize my office area!
    I reside in New England, we had a “White Christmas” so I’ll use some these ideas to perhaps experience some hygge. This will surely enhance my home during this cold wintertime, or any season for that matter!

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