Clean, modern, functional, minimalistic, all of these words describe the very popular Scandinavian design that originated in the five Nordic countries of Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. It wasn’t until around the 1960s that Scandinavian design crept into American homes where it’s still widely used to this day. However, as the years have passed, Scandinavian design has evolved more into a way of life than just how to decorate your home.
Hygge, pronounced “hue-gah,” is a centuries-old Danish concept that encompasses not only a Dane’s lifestyle, but decor as well. The main idea behind hygge is to create a calm, cozy, warm, and peaceful atmosphere, allowing the home’s inhabitants to indulge in all of life’s simple pleasures. Hygge is wholesome and nourishing, and surprisingly, can be achieved very easily.
Some of the happiest people in the world live in a constant state of hygge, and you can too when you incorporate these three Scandinavian design elements into your home.
Stick to a Neutral Color Scheme Scandinavian design is all about a neutral color scheme that includes light grays, light browns, and creams. When it comes to creating that harmonious and relaxing atmosphere, less is always more, and natural elements are always welcome.
Buy Less, But Buy Better Scandinavians prefer to surround themselves and their homes with objects and items that they really like. Space is scarce, so instead of crowding their homes with a whole bunch of substandard pieces, they stick to only a few very curated selections that may come with a higher price tag.
Lighting is Key Whether it’s bright lights or warm, cozy candlelight, Scandinavian design is nothing without the proper lighting. The right lighting can set any mood and adds a touch of whimsy and glow to any space. And with as little as only seven hours of daylight in the most prevalent hygge season —winter — lighting is a life source.
Once you get the hang of what’s included and not included in Scandinavian design, creating your hygge space is a piece of cake.