A cozy living room decorated in hygge style
Home Decor

What Is Hygge and Why Is It Popular?

Have you of “hygge” but don’t know what it means? This guide from Prime Storage explores hygge and how you can work it into your style.

A cozy living room decorated in hygge style

What if you could produce the same cozy feeling of settling in with a warm cup of tea and your favorite book every time you step through your front door? Creating a sense of home doesn’t require new furniture or décor. Instead, it’s a state of mind that comes from living a simple life and enjoying little moments.

This feeling has a name in Danish. “Hygge” is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.” Achieving hygge can look different for everyone but often features a warm atmosphere at home or other quiet locations. Here Prime Storage will explore the meaning of hygge, why it’s popular, and how you can cultivate more hygge in your own life.

Exploring the Definition of Hygge

While home and fashion trends come and go, hygge will never go out of style. This is because it’s an environment unique to you and the comforts that make you feel at home.

Common elements in hygge decor include:

  • Minimalism
  • Plants and greenery
  • Layers of pillows, blankets, and soft textures
  • Candles and other lighting elements
  • A comfy nook or reading corner
  • Favorite books
  • Sentimental touches

Wondering how to apply hygge to your home? Keep reading for inspiration and ideas you can introduce into your space.

How to Create Hygge in Your Own Home

Following a hygge design doesn’t mean you need to go out and purchase new furniture and décor for your space. In fact, creating coziness in your home is more easily done using items you already own. Utilize things like candles, mementos, and fuzzy rugs to seamlessly bring hygge into your space.

A shot of someone's feet in slipper socks on top of a cozy blanket surrounded by books, a cup of tea, and a sleeping dog

Highlight Warm Elements

The main inspiration behind hygge is to make your home comfortable and give it that lived-in feel. A great way to do this is to highlight warm elements in your space. A neutral color palette throughout your home will convey a feeling of calmness, and walking into a warm-toned room will instantly make you feel more at home. When choosing blankets, pillows, furniture, and décor, look for items that bring in or complement warmer whites or grays. You can also implement warm lighting, wood accents or furniture, and blankets made of wool or flannel.

Create a Cozy Nook

If you aren’t able to incorporate hygge into every room in your home, a cozy nook is a great way to dedicate a specific space to it. There are multiple ways to accomplish this. Add an oversized chair to a corner and surround it with stacks of books. Decorate the space with your favorite things, such as fairy lights or plants, and throw down a fun rug. There are few feelings better than cuddling up under a blanket with your favorite book. Bonus points if it’s on a cold winter day.

Fill Your Space with Memories

Incorporating memories is the best way to make yourself feel comfortable in your home. Especially in the space you spend most of your time in—photos of family and friends, a pillow made from a favorite shirt, a sentimental heirloom. Seeing items with special meaning to you on the reg conveys a more welcoming atmosphere.

Utilize Plants and Greenery

Decorating a space with plants is a staple of many design styles. They breathe life into a room and introduce a calming atmosphere. Plants are also an easy way to fill empty space and blank walls (unless you’re a plant hospice). There are endless ways to incorporate plants, from hanging wall baskets to window sill pots to multi-tiered plant stands. Florae of any kind is a great way to welcome guests and make your space feel more relaxed.

A chunky knit blanket draped across a couch with throw pillows piled on top

Layer with Textiles

One of the easiest ways to create a warm and cozy environment is by adding soft textures and textiles. Décor should be functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. Showcase blankets, pillows, and throws in practical places. Toss a chunky knit blanket over the back of a chair or at the end of your bed. If your furniture features primarily neutral tones, this is also a fun and easy way to add a pop of color to a room. The best part is you can change out colors seasonally or as you please. There’s no such thing as too many blankets or pillows.

Rent Self Storage to Create a Hygge Home

So, you’re interested in testing out new décor to implement hygge in your home, but you’re not ready to fully commit to a redesign. Self storage can be a great solution. At Prime Storage, we offer convenient month-to-month leases so you can store your belongings short-term or for the foreseeable future.

We’ve got the space you need, with storage units ranging from small, closet-sized 5×5 spaces to larger 10×15 units that are perfect for storing furniture. Not sure what size unit is best? Our size guide can help you select the ideal space for your belongings. Find a storage unit near you at one of our many convenient locations today.

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