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Hygge Home Decor: Comfort for all Seasons

You may have heard of the Hygge home decor trend that is sweeping the globe, after it burst it’s borders of origin in Denmark. Although Hygge loosely translates as ‘coziness’, there is much more to it than that; so if we want to get the look and feel right, we need to understand more about what it means and what it’s trying to achieve. And as we all look forward to the Spring arriving, are we just going to pack away all our Hygge? No, because Hygge home decor is for all seasons. Read on to find out why…

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What is Hygge?

Scandinavian style has been huge for some time, and although we all still love it, we’re starting to want a bit for warmth to our spaces. In ‘Home Design Trends 2017‘ I mentioned that pure whites are on the out, and warmer colors and textures are on the rise. I also noted ‘coziness’ as a trend for the year, so what does this look like and how do we get a piece of it? Hygge is considered by the Danes as more of a philosophy than a style, because the Hygge way of living describes relaxation and warmth, family, conversation with friends, and that fuzzy comforting feeling inside. It’s an atmosphere worth a fortune if only you could bottle it. Hygge is about slowing down the pace and enjoying the moment; and it’s said that the Danes are happier nation because of it. Who wouldn’t want a piece of that, it sounds marvelous. 

Hygge Home Decor

I can’t deliver friends, family, love and cheer to your home, I wish I could. However, I can help you enhance your Hygge home decor with some inspirational spaces and small details to bring some of atmosphere into your home. Although we can all envisage curling up with a loved one next to an open fire in the winter, getting that Hygge feeling in the summer may not be so simple. So I’m bringing to you a Hygge home decor style that works for every season, I hope they bring you a case of the fuzzier…

Winter

For winter you’ve got to look at your bedroom. When it’s cold outside there is nothing better than getting into your PJs and snuggling up under a cozy duvet. To maximize the atmosphere of Hygge, think layers, blankets, varied textures and plenty of scatter cushions. You’re after chunky knits, faux furs, and a little pattern too. You want your bed to look so comfy, you wish your arms were long enough to wrap around and give it a big hug. In fact, I might have to change the official translation of Hygge from coziness to hug. It’s so much more appropriate.

Hygge bedroom
Source: myscandinavianhome.com

The bedroom shown above is the face of lifestyle blog ‘My Scandinavian Home‘. I love the layering and the hints of fur, and the warmth of the rustic wood to tone down all that white. Mix up with furs with other textures like corduroy  or a chunky knitted blanket, the ultimate Hygge accessory. I’ve got my eye on the one shown below from Ugg. We all know how cozy their boots are… put it in a blanket and what have you got? Hygge.

Get the Look:

Sacho Baloo Faux Fur Cushion
Ugg Oversized Knit Blanket

Spring

For Spring we are going to the Lounge. As the sun comes out we’re ready to escape from beneath the blankets and start to socialize. To inspire a feeling of Hygge, we need to create spaces that can easily, yet casually invite family and friends to perch and chat. Comfy spots to drink tea and catch up on the latest news, without the formality of a three piece suite. Ottomans, bean bags, scattered chairs and cushions, all invite people to linger, relax and share.

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Source: sincerelyjules.com

This is the LA Headquarters of lifestyle blog Sincerely Jules. The different seating options allow this social space to stay casual, and I chose this look for Spring because I just adore these hanging basket chairs. They feel really outdoorsy, and with the planting in the background I am feeling some major Spring Hygge. If hanging a chair from your ceiling seems a little too much to take on, there are alternatives. How about a banana leaf ottoman that can easily be tucked out of the way, or this fantastic orinoco rocking chair.

Get the Look:

Esteri Banana Leaf Ottoman
Orinoco Rocking Chair

Summer:

Time to bust open those doors and bring the inside out. Take every opportunity you can to eat outside in the summer, and soak up some serious Hygge with family and friends. Let the evenings get long, and make the most of the season by lighting up the perfect spot in your garden or terrace. Candles are not just for winter, so look out for lanterns and candlesticks you can bring to the table for intimate ambience.

outdoor dining
source: pinterest.com

Despite trying, I do not know to credit for this fantastic space, it really sums up summertime Hygge for me. Clusters of hanging bulbs, miss matched chairs that look like someone’s had to grab one from inside to fit an extra seat at the table. Scattered flowers, candles and pots. Even the cabinet brings the perfect welcome to to this space, which oozes Hygge home decor without looking so obviously Scandinavian. Go on, give summer a hug.

Get the Look:

Globe String Lights

Fall

Long walks, leaves falling and a bubble bath at the end of the day. For bathrooms it’s about the cozy details – a little wood, plants, candles, and don’t be afraid to bring some fabrics into the bathroom to warm things up. Take your time, pamper yourself, enjoy the moment and soak up the Hygge.

Source: fashionmenow.co.uk

This little snippet of bathroom Hygge is courtesy of Lucy Williams of Fashion Me Now, and her Ultimate Bath Recipe. My bath is seriously lacking in luxury at the moment, so a design intervention will be happening at some point. Watch this space…

Get the Look:

Olive Wood Bath Bridge
Tom Dixon Candle

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I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling pretty warm and cosy from from all this Hygge. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

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Home Design Trends 2017: What’s Hot & What’s Not

In lieu of a nap time makeover this week, I’m getting some inspiration for home design trends 2017. What colors should you be looking towards to keep ahead of the trendy folk? What materials should we be considering for fixtures and fittings, and what’s the all round vibe for the year?

home design trends whats hot and whats not 2017 FB

Following my New Year Resolutions, we will be looking at what’s hot and what’s not on a sliding scale, so keep up, it’ll get cold fast…

Home Design Trends 2017: What’s Hot & What’s Not

140°F Jewel Tones

Hooray for some new color in our lives. Forest greens, deep magenta… it’s all rather decadent with a little feel for the Moulin Rouge. I think it’s great, decor trends have been rather masculine or country twee for a while. It’s time to get sexy…

 

 

131°F Black Framed Glass

Whether it be an internal partition, an entry door or a shower cubicle, black framed glass is the way to go according to design trends 2017. I personally don’t want a big glassy door at the entrance of my home because it feels a little voyeuristic, but once in the house, it’s all fair game, love it.

 

124°F Dark Blue Kitchen Cabinets

It seems navy and blue/grey accents have become so popular these days people have started to paint their kitchen cabinets. I absolutely love this look, and you can just stick with the island if you feel painting the whole kitchen is too much.

 

105°F Cosiness & Texture

Chunky knit throws, velvet, reading nooks and layering. Is this a response to what many consider a rather bleak 2016? Who knows; but it seems we’re feeling the need for warmth and comfort in our lives. Whether these home design trends 2017 will last the summer is still to be seen… We don’t really do chunky knits in Arizona. 

 

94°F Hexagon not Subway

Maybe you’re considering those gorgeous traditional hexagon mosaics you see in HGTV shows like ‘Rehab Addict’? But before you dive in, also consider something a little more daring, like these fantastic large hex tiles… so much more on trend!

 

Other popular tile trends of 2017 include herringbone arrangement, patterned tiles and pretty much anything a little extraordinary. Step away from the subway tile though, it’s time is finally over.

89°F Mixed Patterns

According to Elle Decor,  because mixed patterns were big in New Year Fashion week, they are soon to hit our homes. Get busy with and stop matching your patterns… gotta love a little eclectic style!

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70°F Edison Bulbs

“I’ve been over them for a while now, but I’m ready for them to die… Too many Brooklyn bars got really into the trend, and their ubiquity got stale really fast.” Says Orlando Soria, creative director at Homepolish. (Source: mydomaine.com)

Say it like it is Orlando, straight for the kill on the Edison bulbs. I do totally agree that they’ve been overdone but I’m not ready to take down my Edison Bulbs just yet.

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58°F Rose Gold

domain.com‘s “experts almost unanimously agree that copper and rose gold will be out by 2017”

We do it to ourselves… like the subway tile and the Edison bulbs, it’s just been overdone. And cheap imitation copper products swarming low budget stores has ruined the luxury feel of it. Quantity too, a hint of rose gold is good… a hint. But that doesn’t mean every metal trim and vase in your home has to match. Apparently bronze is the new metal of choice, and like patterns, you’ve been given a trend pass to mix metals. 
 
 

40°F White on White

Thank goodness, people with kids can catch a break. The minimalist, Scandinavian white style has been hanging tight for some time now and grey was the color of choice for most in 2016. But we feel a need for color again, and walls are swinging towards warmer shades of taupe and ‘greige’. As for those that are looking for something more bold, mustard and avocado are back with a vengeance…

Garden of Eden Collection Fabrics and Table Linens in Avocado Green, Mustard Yel contemporary-dining-room

 

32°F Macramé

Apologies to boho Pinterest folk everywhere, but the trend is passing… step away from your rope and give your fingers a rest. But do not fret my hippy friends, instead pop out and get yourself some artisan woven baskets. I’m personally excited for this 2017 trend because Arizona is busting with them and they bring texture and character to the home just like macramé did.

San Anselmo Dining Room rustic-dining-room

What’s hot and not in your decor plans for 2017? Are any of these home design trends 2017 floating your boat? Let me know what you think?

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