Once you have removed the clutter and started to introduce the outdoors and nature into your home, we have to offer some guidance on how to decorate your home to then bring more peace to the atmosphere. Remember that peace and serenity are important in hygge and something that should start to weave their magic from the moment you walk through the door.
Now, every individual will have their tastes when it comes to the décor in their home, but a few general ideas may help to guide you in the right direction. However, do remember that one of the beautiful things about hygge is how you are free to express yourself and do what makes you happy and feel comfortable, so there are no real rules to concern yourself with.
But, how exactly do you bring peace to the home and enjoy a more relaxing atmosphere? Well, it’s a lot easier than you may have been fearing.
We aren’t talking about full-on changes here. Instead, subtlety is often the key and it’s how you use those little changes that are important.
We are going to assume that you have already carried out all of those chores about functionality and organizing and that you are ready to add decorative touches that can make a real difference.
Decorating the Hygge Way
One of the cool things about decorating in this manner is that you can get involved in the process. Remember, hygge has the habit of incorporating mindfulness and takes advantage of its calming thoughts and this can be extended to decorating.
In Denmark, as well as other Scandinavian countries that include hygge as a way of life, decorating a home is a wonderful thing to do. The family gets involved in the process to make sure that the tastes and interests of everybody that is affected by each room have been taken into account.
There are no limits on what you can do, so why should your imagination be restricted in this manner?
With hygge, you need to immerse yourself in the action of decorating. There is a strong sense of needing to be involved in the thoughts of what each paint color, or flooring option, or window dressing means to you.
When decorating, you need to feel that everything is coming together. That you love each item you have used or that your color scheme is exactly what you want. There is no real concept of trying to make do with what you have, that’s not hygge. Instead, there has to be a sense of contentment and accomplishment when a room has been decorated. By doing so, you will have a greater sense of comfort in that room.
Also, if you feel that you are too busy to decorate a room on your own and wish to hire a professional, we recommend that you don’t do this. Make time even to do one wall or change one thing at a time. Change can be gradual, as hygge and decorating a home is not meant to be rushed. You get no prize for painting an entire room in a matter of hours. This is something that should be avoided.
It’s Not About the Colors
With decorating, or interior design in general, we are often told what is in vogue at any given time and there is a sense of pressure to adopt those styles or colors in our own home.
Well, if this is something that you do, then stop it immediately.
Hygge, as you must be aware of by now, is all about a sense of freedom. It’s about being in your own space, and do you know what comes with that? Choosing the colors or textures that you want to have. To choose the things that bring you pleasure over and above anything else.
If you find that having bright green pleases you, then go for it. Never allow some designer to tell you that it’s not in fashion. Who are they to tell you this when you love it?
If you like that crazy looking sofa, then have it if it brings you a sense of happiness every single time you either look at it or sit on it. After all, that’s what this is all about—having a sense of joy in your home. The décor is a huge part of that.
Now, we aren’t saying that you cannot look for inspiration. This is a wonderful way to find out what makes you happy as you could be surprised at the answers you get.
The main thing is that the Danes will seek that inspiration and then put their style or twist to it so that it becomes their own. They don’t just look in a magazine or on the Internet and copy what they see. That would only be done in exceptional circumstances where everything was the same, but what are the chances of that happening?
Remember the Small Things
Okay, so painting the walls or changing the flooring in some way are huge decorating jobs, but the small changes can often bring you the most pleasure, and yet they tend to be overlooked.
Take that small table that sits there and looking out of place. With this, you have a choice to make. You can donate it, or there’s also the opportunity to re-purpose it and give the table a new lease on life.
For this, you would need to take the rest of what you were doing in the room into consideration, as that determines the colors or the end look. Of course, you can do this with just about anything, so do see this as a possibility rather than just assuming that an item cannot fit into a room because the walls are now a different shade.
Besides, you need to keep in mind those small changes and finishing touches that can make a real difference to how you view the room. Those beautiful lamps that give off the perfect glow. That comfortable chair positioned near the fireplace with a reading lamp nearby. The luxurious rug in the middle of the floor that feels so snug when you put your bare feet on it.
This all adds up, but you need to keep in the forefront of your mind that practicality, warmth, and use for the room will always be key. Also, stop adding clutter to the room as you have worked hard to get rid of it. By all means, decorate with a few small pieces, but never overdo it or you run the very real risk of destroying all of the hard work you have carried out.
This is what we recommend that you do when you are looking at trying to replicate that amazing hygge atmosphere.
- Never rush into decorating; take your time with your decisions.
- Choose colors or materials that you like, no matter what they are.
- Become immersed in the decorating process at all times.
- Create your style, although do look for inspiration elsewhere.
- Remember the reason for space and how the décor can reflect that reason.
As you can see, there’s nothing too complex here, and yet, it’s amazing how often people will make a mess of things when it comes to decorating their homes. In the end, you want each room to have its character and that it fits in with what the room is used for. The purpose is everything and the decorating aspect is not immune to that.