'Hygge is not a thing or something you buy...hygge is a state of mind' - Morten Georgsen
The Danish word "hygge" (pronounced 'hooga') is hard to pronounce and even harder to explain. There is no direct translation in English and the closest that we can get is "cosiness", but this is just the tip of the iceberg.
The word hygge actually originated from Norwegian, where it meant something like "well-being." So, hygge actually is much more than just the Danish word for cosy. In essence, it means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life, with good people.
Although hygge has taken the world by storm over the past year or so, the concept is not really as alien as it first sounds to our British ears. Many of us have probably been practicing hygge all winter without even realising.
If you’ve been cuddling up in front of a fire with loved ones, having friends over for dinner and chatting for hours, wrapping up warm for a bracing walk with the dog and stopping off for a luxurious hot chocolate along the way, or taking time to enjoy a long lie-in on a Sunday morning, then you’ve already been experiencing hygge.
Mostly when it comes to hygge at home, people tend to focus more on the living room. The bedroom is often a neglected area, but we spend so much time here, it’s important not to forget it. We’ve put together eight top tips for bringing hygge interior design into the bedroom. Check them out below!
1. Decorate Your Bedroom
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The bedroom is often not a priority when it comes to decorating as it’s the one room in the house that is totally private and not used or seen by guests. However, it has a huge impact on your wellbeing so it should be given the attention it deserves. Think about how you want to feel in your bedroom and decorate accordingly.
2. Keep it Tidy
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A messy space will leave you feeling stressed and anxious and this is definitely not conducive to feeling relaxed and cosy. Try to keep ‘stuff’ at bay and only have things that you actually need or love in your bedroom. Any accessories should evoke soothing and happy thoughts and spark joy.
Keep clutter away from the bedroom as that pile of washing or paperwork will only leave you feeling restless. Always make your bed in the morning. A messy bed is not inviting.
3. Stick to a Neutral Colour Scheme
When it comes to hygge, it’s always best to opt for a neutral colour palette that isn’t too overwhelming. The colours you choose should create an atmosphere that is harmonious and peaceful. Bright colours can prevent you from relaxing, so choose wisely.
Read more: What Colour Should I Paint My Bedroom Walls?
4. Add Texture
When you think of a cosy atmosphere at home your mind probably defaults to thoughts of gloriously soft, snuggly textures. Chunky knit blankets and cushions, faux fur throws and deep pile fluffy rugs all add texture and help to soften a room. Mixing textures and layering fabrics in the bedroom will create a feeling of comfort, warmth and relaxation.
5. Think of Comfort
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In order to relax it is important to be comfortable. Add plenty of pillows to the bed so that they can support you while you enjoy time out with a good book or snuggle with your partner. Also, make sure the temperature is just right. This should be about 18°c for sleeping, but you may want to have it a tad warmer during the day.
6. Light it up
Lighting is extremely important in the bedroom and should be used wisely to create a cosy atmosphere. Twinkly lights or fairy lights are ideal when it comes to hygge. They add another layer to your lighting scheme and give off a very soft light which is perfect for bedrooms.
7. Invest in Candles
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Denmark is consistently ranked as one of the happiest countries in the world and also one of the largest consumers of candles per capita. Can we deduce from this that candles make you happy? Perhaps not, but candlelight is a sure fire way to create a sense of cosiness and serenity. There is just something about that flickering flame and the crackling sound that puts us at ease.
8. Enjoy the Space Around You
One of the fundamental facets of hygge is to enjoy the space you’re in, particularly when that space is at home. Your bedroom should be a sanctuary that allows you to take refuge from the stresses and worries of everyday life.
So, fill your bedroom with items that allow you to do this. Whether that be books, magazines, plants, artwork, music or pets, simply choose the things that enable you to unwind and enjoy the small everyday pleasures that soothe your soul.