Home Trend: Hygge

What it means and how to keep the cozy style glam.
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What it means and how to keep the cozy style glam.

I’ve seen the word “hygge” pop up on more and more home trends lists lately. Completely clueless as to what it actually meant, I gathered that it had something to do with cozy simplicity after getting lost in a deep, dark Pinterest hole searching it out.

Curious about what hygge means and how to bring this hot trend into your home? Read on.

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What does “hygge” mean?

Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga or hue-gah) is a Danish word that has no literal English translation. It’s usually described as “coziness,” but the Danish word is not just a noun or an adjective. It refers to a whole way of living. It’s about togetherness and intimacy and formed its roots in the cold, dark, Scandinavian winters. Hygge is about appreciating the little things and living in the moment.

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How do I translate that into home decor?

Creating a hygge home isn’t nearly as complicated as it might sound. In fact, hygge is the opposite of complicated. It means creating a space where people want to linger—sort of like creating the feeling of the holiday season all year round.

Scattering candles all around your home is a great way to start. Next, layer different textures. Think cozy cable knits, soft shag rugs, silky smooth faux fur—anything that makes you want to snuggle up. Incorporate natural textures like wood and include conversation starting pieces that mean something to you.

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How do I keep hygge looking glam?

While the word “cozy” might automatically conjure up farmhouse décor and seem like the antithesis of glam, it doesn’t have to be. In fact, the simplicity inherent in hygge is incredibly glam. 

Pay attention to the lines and material choices of your furniture. They make a big impact on the overall feel of your space. Keep your textures luxe, your color palette simple and add in metallic touches for a little bit of added shimmer.

JENNIFER GARRY is a writer and the mom of two girls who talk as much and laugh as loud as she does (just ask her husband). She writes about motherhood with humor and brutal honesty on her personal blog, Cuddles and Chaos. Read all of Jennifer's posts.