Hygge (pronounced HOO-ga) is the Danish art of coziness. It’s an obsession with interior design. Americans rushed into its warm and fuzzy arms when a slew of books on the topic hit the shelves. Hygge seems to have it all. The crux of this philosophy rests on comfort, quality, and relationships. The Hygge craze is not going away anytime soon. With the right Hygge paint colors, you can bring this Scandinavian decor into your home.
Hygge Paint Color Palette
Hygge and other Scandinavian design themes are simple; they are warm and use soft paint colors, accented by natural-toned fixtures and furniture. Inspiration for your palette is in everything that keeps you warm and cozy – from a blanket to a decadent pastry. Use these as color inspiration. Find your beiges, your browns, your whites.
A significant element of embracing Hygge design is creating a comfortable and cozy interior. Your room and spaces should be warm and invite relaxation.
An easy and accessible way to think about Hygge and creating Hygge design is to think of comfort food – a hot home-cooked meal. For many, comfort food is synonymous with carbs. All the carbs that come with a fresh-baked loaf of sourdough or a flaky croissant. Carbs and comfort cover the spectrum of neutral paint tones.
Another primary tenant of Hygge is candles. Simple white candles with a soft flame. It’s perfect because it’s both cold and warm. Think fireplaces and brick and rich leather-bound books.
While the colors may be soft and light, and sometimes cold, it doesn’t mean Hygge decor skimps out on accessories. A staple of Hygge is the sheer number of pillows and heavy knit blankets to cozy up in.
Whatever way you Hygge, it’s sure to bring a sense of peace, calm, and relaxation. And we could all use a little more of that.
Meik Wiking and the Happiness Research Institute have been studying the concept of Hygge and how it impacts our lives and can promote happiness.
In a nutshell, what Hygge practices is to take pleasure in soothing and gentle things and create a personal refuge amid a busy life.
Any time of the year, think of that croissant or a coffee with just the right amount of creamer, some hand-knit socks, and fireplaces, and you’ll feel warm and at home.
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