As the nights draw in and the days get shorter, most of us are spending more time indoors. If you don’t want the winter blues to take hold, it’s important to make sure your home feels warm, snug and inviting. Create a space that you enjoy spending time in whether it’s gathering around the table for a family dinner, nestling down with a good book or bringing the cinema to you with a box set on Netflix.
‘Hygge’ is a Norwegian and Danish phrase used to define a feeling of wellness, fulfilment and cosiness. Hygge in the home is about making your indoor spaces feel calm and relaxed, as well as warm and snug. Even on the bleakest of days, a home full of hygge is a place where friends and family want to hang out together and relax. This sensation of calm and serenity can also do wonders for our mental wellbeing during the dark winter months. So, why not create a warm glow in your home this winter with some of these Hygge home-styling tips…
Keep it simple
Keep the interior decor of your home simple. Nordic homes are typically minimalist and clutter-free so concentrate on getting rid of any unnecessary belongings. Make the most of storage cupboards and tidy away any loose bits and pieces. Also, opt for unfussy furniture designs with clean lines and consider dressing windows with smart and simple coverings such as electric roller blinds that can be hidden from view when not in use.
Make sure your home is kept at a comfortable temperature. Light the fire or stoke the log burner to create an authentic hygge atmosphere; not only is the heat inviting but the sight of the flickering flames and the sound of the crackling embers will appeal to your senses. Good insulation is also key to keeping the heat in; underfloor insulation, electric roller blinds and draught excluders can all help to keep your home toasty warm.
Dim the lighting
Soft mood lighting is key to creating a hygge-like atmosphere in your home. During the day, let as much natural light into your home as possible so you feel connected to the outside world. In the evening, light some candles, string up some twinkling fairy lights and pop on a side lamp or too. You might also consider fitting some automated mood lighting into your home. There are many automated home systems to choose from that can control all of the lighting in your home, as well as your heating, blinds and security, to create different ambiences depending on the time of day or occasion.
As well as keeping your home warm, use soft textiles to create an extra feeling of cosiness. Scatter your sofa with sumptuous cushions, drape chairs in soft blankets and lay fluffy rugs on the floor. This is all about making your home feel comfortable and inviting, even if its cold and miserable outside.
Keep colours neutral
Hygge interiors usually use a soft and neutral colour palette. Combine light wood furniture and hemp-coloured textiles with chalky whites and pebble greys walls. And opt for earthy-coloured blinds to complete the look.
Bring the outdoors in
Hygge is also about connecting with nature, so choose fabrics and colours that reflect those found in the outdoor world. Dress the room with flowers or indoor plants, and, if you have a fire, pile up some wood to add some rustic flavour and earthy aromas.
So, don’t let the long dark nights and short days get you down, follow these top hygge styling tips to create a warm and inviting ambience in your home this winter.
Electric blinds lend themselves very well to a hygge-styled home. The clean and simple lines, good insulating properties and varied light control on electric blinds are perfect to create that warm yet minimalist look. For more ideas about how electric blinds could help bring more hygge to your your home, give The Electric Blind Company team a call to discuss your requirements.