Cooler temperatures are finally upon us in most parts of the country, and we’re focusing our attention on the inside of our homes as we prepare to bundle up. Here at Great Western in Naperville, IL, we’re noticing a trend that the Danish people call ‘hygge (pronounced as hue-guh). Hygge is not only an interior design movement but a way of life that encourages more closely connecting with friends and family. The upcoming winter season is the perfect time of year to infuse the hygge philosophy in your own home and life, including adding cozy rugs to your space.
While hygge is about emotional closeness and connectivity, the hygge way of life is focused on crafting an interior space that is inviting, soothing, warm, and cozy. According to POPSUGAR, hygge is best described as ‘the content feeling you get when relaxing at home with close friends over a candlelit dinner or reading a book on a chilly morning while wrapped in a comfortable blanket.’ POPSUGAR explains hygge as the practice of embracing the indoors, and it also contributes to the Danish folks’ high happiness ratings. Here are some simple ways to incorporate the hygge way of your life into your own home.
To create a hygge setting, start by using neutral colors that are calming and soothing. Ivory, pearl, taupe, ash brown, and light gray are all stylish yet monochromatic paint and furniture colors that can help create an atmosphere that is peaceful and calming. Create texture in your space with faux fur throw pillows and cable knit toss blankets.
When researching hygge spaces, lighting is a key element. Light fixtures are oftentimes simple and clean-lined, and candles are a hygge-lover’s best friend. Scandinavian design experts recommend minimizing bright overhead lighting and, instead, to use soft lighting with lamps and candlelight. Dimmers are a great option to adjust the brightness needed in your home. Feeling festive? Decorative strands of lights create a sense of whimsy and intimacy.
Soft and Cozy Rugs
One of the best ways to bring hygge into your home is through soft floor coverings, including broadloom carpet and cozy area rugs. Rugs.Shop, our online rug shop, offers hygge-inspired rugs that are warm and snuggly with immediate (and free) shipping. Check out this beautiful shag rug from Karastan for the ultimate in cozy comfort for those long winter nights.
Are you ready to bring the hygge philosophy into your own home with new carpet, flooring, or rugs? We’d love to help! Stop in our showroom today or shop the Rug Shop online from the comfort of home. Wishing you a warm, cozy, and hygge-inspired winter!