Have you ever had that moment where you’re sitting in a cheerful gathering of your friends or family, walking down a shady, tree-lined street, or enjoying a warm meal at home and feeling absolutely cozy and content? That’s the feeling that Danish people have labeled as ‘hygge.’ It’s so utterly charming and special that many designers and homeowners strive to capture it in a physical form. It’s a concept that is slowly starting to catch on in Singapore, and here’s how you can join the brigade!
1. Atmospheric cozy
The first thing you need to do while emulating hygge is to create a cozy atmosphere around your home. Since Singapore has long summers and short winters, we cannot exactly opt for roaring fireplaces, so the best way to cozy up your ambiance is by using lots of wood natural textures and warm colors. This image is the perfect example of such an ambiance where wood is the dominating material.
2. Lots of natural light
You don’t exactly have to be very literal with this tip. Introducing natural light in your homes does not mean that you must let in the blazing, sweltering summer sun. No, but you can definitely meet halfway. Instead of letting the sweltering summer sunlight come in, you can dress your windows with a thick outer curtain layer that hides away a gauzy internal layer. This way, you can get the best of both worlds.
3. Fill it up with memories
You also need to personalize your space to truly capture that special feeling of coziness and familiarity. So the best way to do that can be by creating a gallery wall of some of your most precious moments in life. You can go for kitschy furniture for the best comfy impact and you can artfully litter everyday essentials on tables for that snug, homely effect.
4. Earthy fabrics
Earthy fabrics like bed covers, duvets and curtains need to complement your warm color scheme. You can also go the extra mile and make the whole setting seem extra cozy by artfully ruffling the edges a little. You can feature a small basket at the edge of your bed or arrange a throw at the footboard to make it seem deliberately messy..
5. Interesting patterns
Things can get pretty monotonous when you’re working with colors from the same family, so here’s an idea to break that scape and still maintain a nice, cozy ambiance. The bathroom tiles in this image are an excellent example of how you can play with tradition. The crafty arrangement never lets the eye sit still, but still emulates a comfy charm.