In Denmark, they have a special word dedicated the joys of “acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special.”
Hyggae (pronounced hue-guh) is a word unique to the Danish language that is simply dedicated to the warmth of both a psychological and physical feeling of comfort, enjoyment and cosiness that is experienced at times through life.
Given that the average temperature in Denmark is 7.7 degrees Celsius, we’re going to believe that they know a thing or two about being snug in some pretty cold winters, which are normally freezing or below. Hyggae is a word that has been making waves through the interior decorating world, with homes all over the globe trying to replicate the feeling of utter contentment and bliss in cold temperatures.
Autumn is upon us and the days are becoming shorter, the nights colder and the trees are in the midst of bidding farewell to their leaves for the winter season. However, getting our homes winter-ready can always be a bit of a tough one, especially if you have no idea where to start.
That’s why we’ve put together a list of our favourite ways to give your home a cosy glow this autumn that will make you never want to go outdoors in winter.
Here are our 5 autumn décor and lighting trends to give your home a cosy glow:
There is just something about knitted textures that oozes cosiness. It brings to mind a picture of our grandmothers sitting by a warm fire and knitting together childhood blankets that saw us through the coldest of winter nights. To make your home extra snug this winter, invest in some oversized, chunky knitted blankets, throws and pillows that will give your home an extra feeling of warmth this autumn.
Warm metal lighting fixtures
Lighting fixtures have come a long way in the last couple of years and there’s now a plethora of unique and exciting designs and material to choose from. Lanterns, in particular, can give you the warm glow that you are looking for.
Try and go with warm metal fixtures such as brass that will give you the extra glow to your room that will make your home seem like the perfect spot to spend the cold evenings. These lights aren’t simply for seeing but can make an amazing aesthetic signature piece that brings the whole room together.
Deep wall tones
If you’re thinking about going the whole hog in updating your home into a winter wonderland, then think about painting your walls deep tones like winter blues, forest greens or warming dark reds. These kinds of colours will make the room feel even cosier and the rich brass or other metal lighting fixtures mentioned above simply pop out with these kinds of backgrounds.
Update your furniture colour scheme
Updating the colour scheme on your furniture doesn’t mean that you have to completely recover your couches and chairs, but that you should simply invest in some richly coloured accessories that will give your room that extra Hyggae feeling.
Think about rustic fireside reds and tartan hues in the form of pillows, blankets and throws that will make you feel like you are perched by a fireside in a cosy cabin in the middle of the woods.
A reading nook
We don’t know about you, but autumn and winter to us mean evenings spent by the fire watching TV or reading a good book. Take your autumn décor to the next level with a richly decorated reading nook in which you can snuggle into and lose yourself into your favourite books with a steaming cup of cocoa.
These are just some of the ideas that you can use to transform your home into a cosy autumn escape. If you have anything else you think can add an extra layer of warmth to your décor please leave a comment, as we’d love to hear from you.