Life can get busy and downright hectic at times, especially during the holiday season. That’s why we all need a little hygge in our lives. A happy, hygge home design is all in the details, creating an environment that speaks to your soul and exhibits warmth for all that enter your front door.

So, what is hygge? Pronounced “HOO-gah,” the general definition means creating a warm and cozy lifestyle that the Danish culture credits for making them the world’s happiest people.

What makes a home hygge? The main idea of hygge decor is to create a peaceful, serene space that is free of clutter. Mess can cause stress, which is the opposite of the calming and happy way of the Danish lifestyle. Even though hygge is a concept that is commonly associated with winter, it was meant to be enjoyed year-round. With the season of family gatherings upon us, it is the perfect time to hygge your NEMA San Francisco spaces. We’re listed a few ways to explore the concept this winter:

Keep It Simple. The concept of hygge should never feel complicated. It should serve to simplify and enrich your life with the simple things. Hygge life is about ease, contentment, and comfort. Only fill your space with the things that really make you happy and donate whatever doesn’t to create more simplicity.

Stay Neutral. The color scheme for your home decor should never be too overwhelming when it comes to hygge. Everything you add to your hygge home should contribute to an atmosphere of harmony and peace. Soft white, beige, creams, browns, natural woods, and grey all complement the hygge style you love and will create a comfortable area for you and your guests to enjoy.

Create Your Cozy. Coziness is key when it comes to hygge decor. One of the easiest ways to add hygge to your home is through textiles like fluffy pillows, soft comforters, blankets, and cushions. Layers of beautifully textured, soft warm throws are another interior styling ingredient for hygge and create a warm place to unwind. You can't go wrong with piling throw pillows on your bed, couch, chairs, and empty corners of your spaces to create quiet reading spaces.

Light It Up. Hygge is all about soft, natural light and an ambient glow. NEMA’s oversized windows allow you to easily bring in the natural light. The more natural light you can infuse in your home, the better. When the sun goes down, the warm glow of candlelight allows that ambient glow going all evening long. The soft and kind glow of a candle can be used throughout your home to create a warm radiance. Holiday twinkly lights give off a softer light and can add a pleasant touch to your home design without being too overwhelming.

Add Texture. Introducing texture to your living space is a great way to add interest to an otherwise minimalist design. Take a cue from nature and add some greenery to your spaces. Add plants in stone pots and simple wood furnishings to your spaces to recreate this cozy style. Wood is another material that helps bring nature into our home for a cozier, happier feel. Bring more natural elements into your home, like textured pieces, lots of clay, unfinished wood, and fresh greenery. You can also add variety with different types of flowers for a small pop of color.

Trends come and go, but cozy is forever. Get your hygge on this season.

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