Did you ever wonder how the Danish got to be so effortlessly cool? I mean I have been seriously coveting Scandinavian design for quite some time ever since I decided to maximize my home comfort by decluttering my space with a less is more approach. My need for minimalism was growing into everything, especially my decor choices and was seriously making me want to purge myself of everything in my house that I hadn’t used in the last six months. This is not an easy concept when you are living with two toddlers, two dogs and a not-so-neat husband. Maintaining a clean and orderly house is a full time job; you know the one you have on top of your already other full time job. But trying to keep it clean and orderly while also being naturally cool? Well that’s a whole other beast.
I had been been following many Scandinavian designers whose homes were always so perfectly balanced in both use of neutral color palettes, art placement and that perfect lived in look. You know the one where everything has a place and feels super relaxed yet perfectly coordinated? These designers on Instagram kept referring to the word “Hygge.” I didn’t know if it was used to categorize a design style or was some hip new lingo in the interior design world I wasn’t familiar with. Turns out, Hygge (pronounced Hoo-Gah) is a word used to describe a feeling or a lifestyle rather. Hygge is a Scandinavian way of life that celebrates that feeling of complete relaxation and peace, embraces positive social interactions with loved ones and promotes an overall sense of well-being and contentment. Now, I understood why the Danish are so cool. Because while their decor choices are of course always so on point, in the midst of all the chaos in our day-to-day lives, they still recognize that in order to connect with others we must first connect with ourselves.
I found this article from popsugar that describes how to embrace the Hygge lifestyle. Read along to see how you can incorporate this peaceful Nordic way of living into your home. So the next time you find yourself curled up on a chair in your favorite reading nook in possibly the coziest spot in your house on a dreary rainy night when the lighting is just right and that chunky knit merino wool blanket warms you in all the right places; when that glass of pinot noir and the sound of the rain as it gets heavier on your roof gives you a certain sense of calmness and the moment pure perfection–well my friends, thats Hygge.