Pronounced hue-gah, it is a Danish and Norwegian practice that focuses on the quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality. A defining characteristic of Danish culture, and now, many homes around the world, hygge is marked by a feeling of contentment or well-being. Many people use home decor and design to influence this feeling of simplicity and togetherness as a part of their daily lives. Think of Ikea…now you’re imagining a space to practice good hygge.
This underground craze is something many of you already practice in your homes, but you may not even know it! The hygge way is to make time in each day for togetherness, to live simply, and, basically, to be cozy. Some of the tenants of hygge are safety, equality, and personal wholeness.
Earlier this year I learned of hygge, and more and more I am seeing this little trend storm my Instagram feed. Whether it’s implementing simple and cozy home design details, going off the grid for a little while each day, cozying up with a good book, or simply dedicated family time, hygge is now taking the western world by storm too.
Many Instabloggers are practicing hygge, even if they don’t ‘preach’ it or even know it! You can definitely spot hygge when you see it; a cozy coffee table with fresh cut flowers, a candle, and some comfy pillows and blankets spread around. Or a little reading nook with perfectly placed lanterns, treats, and a few family members snuggling…there’s really no limit to what hygge can look like or how you may choose to create it and practice it.
You don’t need to be a Scandinavian interior designer to get your hygge on! If you’re looking to bring a little hygge to your own lifestyle, grab a fuzzy blanket, the family dog, a cup of tea, and cozy up to these hygge heroes.
If you’re looking for a little bit of influence from many different sources, check out My Scandinavian Home. A Londoner living in Sweden, Niki BrantmarkLINK has fully embraced the ‘Scandi’ lifestyle, so she knows some great hygge when she sees it. Between her own beautiful snaps, as well as the photos she’s sharing from others, her Instagram feed and blog both offer oodles of hygge inspiration.
A shabby chic, modern spin on hygge can be found in many country / farmhouse-style settings. That’s why Our Vintage Farmouse is the perfect place to find some truly great hygge. After all, nothing says cozy like a friendly and inviting farmhouse. Living in East Tennessee and blogging about her sweet little family, home, and lifestyle, Sarah Hollingshead hits the nail on the head when it comes to hygge. You can get a feel for her southern spin on this Scandinavian tradition through her blog and Instagram feed where she is sharing some amazing photos. Tell me you wouldn’t want to hygge here:
Nesting with Grace is a hygge homerun. A classic way to hygge, nesting is like a mama bird’s way of cozying things up for the arrival of a new little one, and Brooke Christen is rocking it. She is a New Englander (CT to be exact) whose Instagram feed is marked by cute, cozy, and quaint spaces that just scream togetherness and family. Whether you’re perusing through her IG feed or taking a spin through her blog, you’ll quickly see that hygge is her forte. She may not call it hygge, but one look at Brooke’s photos will have you ready to unplug, cozy up, and spend some quality time, and if that isn’t the epitome of hygge, I don’t know what is!
You don’t have to take up residency in your local Ikea to become a hygge expert. As evidenced by these 3 bloggers, you can find different types of hygge inspiration just about anywhere. Your hygge can take shape in many forms of cozy, comfy, and coming-togetherness, and there is no limit to where you can find and create that.
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