Courtney Warren is a Texas-based interior designer whose work has been featured in Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Apartment Therapy, and Today.com. She is a frequent consultant on Fox 4 TV’s Good Day program in Dallas, was ranked in the top 3 percent of interior designers in the US by Houzz.com, and starred in the Dallas episode of TLC’sFour Houses. She delights in helping overwhelmed clients create beautiful spaces—and will never turn down a warm chocolate chip cookie or Diet Dr Pepper.
Hygge. What is it? How do you say it? And why in the world are there so many G’s? What is hygge you might be asking? When I first heard the word hygge, I thought it might be a kind of yogurt of a new exercise I wouldn’t be trying. I was glad to know it wasn’t either of those! Because I don’t eat yogurt.
Hygge is a Danish word used to describe a mood one can achieve by enjoying the simple things and moments in life. Now you might be asking,”Why is she writing about hygge?”
Mainly it is because all the cool kids on Instagram are referring to it and I am clueless. So let’s learn together.
Achieving hygge through decorating has become very popular and can easily be obtained. Decorating your home to be hygge would mean keeping things simple, cozy, clean and charming. So, I think it sounds like something I want. Not like a disease like SARS.
Below I have added my top 15 tips for making your space hygge.
1. De-Clutter your space.
2. Add plenty of candles.
3. Adding textured pillows, especially fuzzy ones, will make your space look cozy.
4. Rid your space of things that are very ornate.
5. Non-jewel toned colors are a must. White, black and gray are key!
6. Cozy blankets are a must!
7. Bring the outside in. Use plants and branches to adorn your space.
8. Use stripes and geometric patterns.
9. Create places for gathering, but keep it cozy. The goal is for friends and family to be comfortable in order to create memorable moments.
10. Books and reading nooks also add a cozy feel.
11. Add string lights to your space.
12. If you don’t love it, don’t use it!
13. Set out treasured pictures.
14. Baskets are a great addition to hygge decor.
15. Anything wood will work!
So, this sounds like stuff I was already doing.
Maybe I am SO HYGGE and I didn’t even know it?
Are you already hygge?
How in the world are we supposed to use this in a sentence?
(Now if I can just get auto-correct to learn about Hygge, and stop changing it to higgle. Maybe next week will be about “What is Higgle”.)