What is 'Hygge' and Why is it Good for Us and Our Home?

Posted on by Irene Gotley

What is 'Hygge' and Why is it Good for Us and Our Home?

If you’re familiar with the term hygge, you’re probably already thinking of warm beverages and wooly blankets. But for the strangers to this Scandinavian interior design trend, you might just be wondering how to pronounce it! 

Here at SpacerStore, we’re all about this cozy new trend and lifestyle movement. If you’ve ever been curious about the history of hygge and how it can improve your indoor space, cuddle up with your comfiest throw, light a few candles, and let’s talk about everything hygge!

The History of Hygge

Before we dive into the cozy origin story of the word, let’s pull back the curtain on pronunciation! Nevermind that misleading “y”, this word is pronounced “hoo-gah.”

Now, the concept of hygge may be new in the interior design world, but this term goes way back. In fact, the word hygge comes from Old Norweigan and was adopted into Danish as far back as the 1700s. The term was used to describe a sense of hominess, comfort, and well-being, with some translations conveying a feeling of sanctuary from the harsh, stormy world outside. 

To understand the origin of this special word, you might transport yourself back to the 18th century, before electricity, telephones, or Instagram. Hygge was the comfort that you got seated by a crackling fire, wrapped up in a knitted blanket, with nothing to do but enjoy the company of family while the storm raged outside your warm cottage. Of course, life back then was hard, making the quiet relaxation of a hygge evening in all the more enjoyable.

Has the hygge meaning changed over time? Of course!

A lot has changed since the 1700s, and we’ve seen a few detours in the hygge meaning along the way. In particular, advances in technology have meant that the term has also had to do a bit of modernising.

Take the social element of hygge. When the term was developed, in-person social interaction was a given. People relied on family and friends for news updates, entertainment, and connection. Nowadays, when we’re able access the entire world through a hand-held device, hygge can remind us of the importance of in-person gatherings. 

That’s not to say that a hygge lifestyle looks condescendingly on modern technology, but instead that it reminds us of the liberating comfort we can find in the presence of our loved ones.

Hygge in today’s sense also reminds us to take pleasure in the little things. In today’s go-go-go world, hygge means pressing pause and enjoying the downtime. Because, although we may be dealing with different storms than the generations before us, a hygge lifestyle can still give us a reprieve from the stress of daily life. And that’s where intentional interior design comes in. Hygge design is perfect for creating a comfortable, cozy space that brings you into the present moment for some well-deserved relaxation.

To sum it up, hygge started as a way to describe the comfort of home, but it now encompasses a sense of connection, appreciation of simple pleasures, and interior design. It’s really no wonder that hygge has become an international phenomenon!

How can you add a little hygge to your life?

Now that you know more about the history and meaning of hygge, you’re well on your way towards introducing the term into your life. We’ve found that the easiest way to start living a more hygge lifestyle is by transforming your physical space. Then, we can talk about some daily habits that will bring even more hygge happiness to your routine.

Step One: Declutter your space

When transforming your space into a hygge wonderland, your first impulse might be to fill your home with a ton of oversized blankets, candles, artisan coffee mugs, and other cozy decor. But, keep in mind that the line between cozy and cluttered is finer than you might expect. 

One way to prevent your home from looking too crowded is to clear out unnecessary clutter and invest in some hygge style storage options. 

Consider, for example, the Artiss Storage Ottoman Blanket Box. Not only is it luxuriously comfortable as a footrest for your evening of curling up with a book and a cup of tea, but it also doubles as a storage box for your favourite throws and blankets. 

Take a look at the other items in your space and ask yourself if they make you feel cozy or cluttered. That way, you’ll have more space to incorporate some of the hygge essentials to make your space complete.

Step Two: Learn about the hygge essentials

In the next step, we’ll talk more about how to make your hygge home unique and personal. But there are a few key elements that you can use as your hygge home building blocks:

  • Comfortable furniture. It’s all about the comfort, right? No matter what particular design theme you follow in your decorations, you’ll want to make sure that your furniture is built for long hours of relaxation and enjoyment. 
  • Soft lighting. As much as you can, emphasise natural light during the day. At night, you can rely on lamps, soft recessed lighting, and even fairy lights to achieve that warm hygge look. Of course, candles are also a great way to add a relaxing glow.
  • Open/social layout. As you’re planning out where your furniture and storage items will go, don’t forget that socialising and connecting are key concepts of the hygge lifestyle. Add in a few extra chairs and seating options, like the cozy Artiss Fabric Rocking Armchair, so that your guests can gather around for an interesting chat. 

Step Three: Make it your own

Everyone has their own unique answer to “What is hygge?”, and this is your chance to personalise your hygge style. When you think of hominess and coziness, what comes to mind? Faux fur? Unfinished wood accents? A bookshelf filled with your favourite novels? Whatever your styling preferences, now is your chance to make your hygge dreams come to life.

Here are a few decor essentials to get you started:

  • A few high-quality candles with your favourite soothing scent
  • Luxurious blankets and throws to drape over the back of your comfortable armchairs. We love the idea of curling up on the sofa with the Herringbone Premium Australian Wool Blanket.
  • Natural elements that bring the wilderness inside. This can be as simple as a few sprigs of eucalyptus or flowers from your backyard in a chic vase, or you might invest in a rustic indoor wreath or natural wood frames for your wall art. 

Go all in for your new hygge lifestyle!

As we mentioned before, hygge isn’t just about home design and decorating - it’s also a way of life! And now that you have the essentials of hygge style at home, it’s time to incorporate some key hygge ideals!

  • Slow down and enjoy some quiet time
  • Reconnect with family and friends - call or video chat if you’re not able to have them in your physical space
  • Limit your screen time and engage in activities that allow you to live in the moment, like cooking, crafting, or gentle at-home exercises

Hygge is all about creating an enjoyable, relaxing space where you can unwind and appreciate what’s important to you. And because everyone has their own lovely take on the concepts, there are endless ways to live a hygge lifestyle. Here at SpacerStore, we want to hear about your hygge style and hygge tips!