Cosy Lounge room hygge inspired

Interior Design for Your Happiness and Wellbeing

With our busy lifestyles, there is greater need to focus on our mental health and wellbeing. It is so important to ensure you restore balance in all aspects of your life, including your home. I thought it apt to write a few blogs on how to bring some happiness into your home. My first piece is on hygge. 

You have probably seen this term and wondered why on earth it has become a craze in the last few years? Well it’s not actually new; it is a Danish word to describe the feeling of being in a wonderfully relaxed and happy place. Their gratitude for life’s simple moments means Danes are often voted as some of the world’s happiest people.

Cosy Lounge room hygge inspired

Hygge, pronounced “huh-gah”, is a term that is often wrongly attached to things you buy or a specific place. Rather, it is a Nordic-derived word used to describe the time with someone special that gives a warm, loving and cosy feeling. Hygge moments might be having a cup of tea with your Mum while watching the world go by and reminiscing. It might be curled up on the couch in your comfy home wear with your partner in front of the fire. The key is being present in some special time together.  

relaxed bed space

Danish people are good at embracing a lifestyle that promotes well-being and contentment. They really do enjoy the simple things in life. But how can we create the perfect environment in our own homes to encourage hygge? Here are a few suggestions:

1. Burn candles or light a fire

There is something soothing when you are in a room with warm flickering candles or firelight. The Danes love candles and have more of them per person than any other European country. The beautiful glow that fire emits not only warms the senses, but is also very flattering. The natural light highlights the best parts of our faces like cheekbones and lips but also softens our features. And keep the candles simple, pure and white.

2. Invest in simple and natural furnishings

Because hygge is about the simple moments, it does not require a fancy settings with opulent designer furniture. Instead, we should surround ourselves with natural materials such as wood, metal, wool and cotton in true Scandinavian style. Furniture should be almost rustic and derived from simple forms with clean lines.


3. Surround yourself with well-chosen accessories

When deciding on items to display, don’t just go out and purchase a whole lot of decor that is en-trend. Rather, opt for pieces which really mean something and conjure up good feelings. You will achieve hygge being surrounded by your special family photos, a child’s art piece or travel paraphernalia that takes you back.  

Ikea relaxed living area

4. Use lots of texture

Whether it be wood, cotton, wool or faux fur, all of these textures provide for a perfect cosy setting. There is nothing more inviting than reading a book by the fire with a warm, knitted blanket or sitting on a plush rug. Even though hygge is a state of mind, these are certainly the perfect sensory items to achieve pure relaxation.

5.  Introduce plants into your scheme

The outdoors play a very important part to the Scandinavian lifestyle. By bringing the outdoors in, gorgeous greenery helps to remind you of nature but also adds a touch of softness to make a house a home. If you aren’t a greenthumb, there are many faux options that look just as good as the real thing.  

6. Create a cosy area for time with friends and family

Most hygge moments are enjoyed with those you love. This area might be your lounge room with comfy sofas or beanbags where you can relax with your family. Often your dining space is a perfect hygge setting where you can sit with good friends and chat over a bottle of wine. Remember, it’s about the environment you create rather than about the items you place in them. 


Do yourself a favour and think of ways to introduce simplicity in your home that will encourage a relaxed and happy environment. These small changes can certainly make a large impact on your mindfulness and well-being.