There is a simplified, cozy way of living that is taking over the design world. The Scandinavian word Hygge, pronounced “hoo-ga” or “hue-gah” seems to be catching on, and more and more people are making it a goal to bring hygge into their homes. McKay’s Painting is here to explain exactly what this word means, and how you can achieve it in your home with color and design.
What Does Hygge Style Mean?
To put it simply, the word hygge is a Norwegian term for wellbeing. It is a way that people in one of the coldest places in the world, with very little daylight during the winter, can still be a very happy people. It’s no wonder that people are trying to bring that same feeling into their homes around the world, including the U.S. It is a very warm and cozy way of living. When translating into English, it literally means “coziness” or “togetherness.”
What Colors are Hygge?
One of the best ways to bring hygge into your home is with color. The goal is to create a space of serenity and calmness. In order to do this, you want to choose colors that are clean and crisp. Think neutrals when choosing colors for your walls. By putting whites, greys, and tans on your walls, you are able to bring warmth and coziness in the space through accessories. To make choosing color simple, try choosing two shades that are close together in color. A lighter shade for the walls and a few shades darker for the trim.
Why is Texture Important in Interior Spaces?
Texture is important when trying to achieve hygge in your home. You should look for accessories such as wool pillows, woven rugs, knitted poufs, or even sheepskin throws to add plenty of texture to the space. Look for textures that ooze comfy. While choosing your accessories, keep in mind that your goal is simplicity. Even though you are choosing several cozy textures for the space, don’t over do it and keep the overall feeling the room simple.
Soft Hygge Lighting
During the winter when sunlight isn’t as abundant, the right lighting is important. Choose less conventional lighting choices and go for more candlelight. Nothing adds warmth to a space like a group of candles in the center of the room. If you don’t want to use candles, try lamps with soft shades to keep the lighting soft and not overbearing. The light of a glowing fire is the epitome of hygge in any space.
Consider Wood in Your Home
Nothing brings the outdoors in like wooden surfaces. Stick with natural-stained wood for your home. It will give the space a lovely, lived in feel. When choosing your table and other furnishings, keep this in mind.
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Hygge seems to be taking over the design world this year and McKay’s Painting would love to help you bring this cozy way of living to your home. Paint color choices are key in creating any mood in your room. Call us today!