Hygge comes from a Norwegian word meaning well-being, though you may be more familiar with its use related to Danish style and living, where it more closely translates to cosiness, charming, or special.
Hygge House describes hygge as “being present enough to recognise and acknowledge an act, moment or feeling when the ordinary feels extraordinary. [The Danes] incorporate hygge into their daily life so it becomes a natural extension rather than a forced and stressful event.”
How can you introduce and cultivate hygge in your home as the weather warms? You don’t need to completely overhaul your interiors. But you do want to add pieces or accessories that will naturally boost your mood when you see or use them.
Cater to your Senses
Candles, whether scented or unscented, add a soft ambient light. If you opt for the scented variation, candles can also influence and enhance your mood. Swap out the more heady, heavy scents of Winter for lighter, cleaner varieties, whether fruity, floral, or light and airy.
Texture adds depth and dimension to your room. You can still have decorative throws in lighter nubby knits for cooler nights, but consider sheers or layered lace elements, or even the beautiful grains of raw or live edge wood.
Use your kitchen to bake or cook something wonderful–whether indulgent or healthy–and then share the results with friends or family to create wonderful memories and enjoy quality time.
Swap out dark and heavy fabrics for ones that are light and bright. Heavy velvet drapes or pillows might be replaced with cheery botanicals or linen. Create simpler table arrangements, foregoing the table cloth to showing off your beautiful table.
Bring fresh flowers or greenery inside to add life to your living spaces. Natural elements will brighten your interiors while they help to cleanse the air.
If you’re fortunate enough to have outdoor spaces, use them as often as possible! Otherwise, open windows or doors whenever you can and let the fresh air and breezes indoors.