Hygge is the positive lifestyle change you need this autumn

Australia has long been a melting pot of multiculturalism and home to a diverse range of traditions. We pride ourselves as a nation that accepts other cultures’ contributions to our ever-expanding identity. One aspect of culture that is currently taking Australia by storm leading up to autumn is ‘hygge’.

The official website of Danish tourism, Visit Denmark, defines hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) as: “Creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people.”

According to Carlinea Williamson, CEO and co-founder of House Of Home, Australia’s biggest online marketplace for homeware and decor, hygge encompasses the following:

  • The hygge colour schemes

  • Layering of textures

  • Mood lighting

  • Establishing a sense of warmth

To genuinely incorporate something into your life you have to start from the beginning and follow the appropriate steps. This piece is going to break down all four components of hygge, as well as point you in the right direction to make the great decision of transforming your house into a ‘hygge home’.

Hygge colour schemes

You know those amazingly bright, loud and bold colours everyone loves? Well, hygge’s colour schemes aren’t exactly those. The exact opposite, actually. The palette of colours that the ‘Danish obsession’ boasts is filled with earthy, neutral tones.

Hygge embodies the spirit of relaxation, so more simple and diluted colours are perfect for the lifestyle’s aesthetic. Colours include dusty, pale and chalky variations of pink, grey and blue – rather than bright oranges, reds and yellows.

Layering of textures

Tactile textures like wool, sheepskin and animal hide are great for a hygge setting; with the addition of a wool rug which is crucial to bring the space together. Everything in the home is placed around the zone of the rug – it’s like the centrepiece.

This layering of natural, tactile textures will eliminate reverberation, ultimately creating a calm and peaceful atmosphere in your living space and embodying the true meaning of hygge.

Mood lighting

Lighting is very important in the hygge way of living. Lighting can quickly create a feeling of warmth and create a sense of relaxation. Hygge lighting is combining candle, bent and accent lighting all in the same space.

Mood lighting also means not just utilising lighting for its practical sense, but also for its aesthetic. Think lamps: both hanging floor lamps and table lamps.

You also can’t go wrong with candles in the traditional sense as well as LED candles which will eliminate any pollution in the air of your home. Fairy lights are also something to consider. They are a minute lighting detail which – if placed correctly in your home – can really bring a room together.

Establishing a sense of warmth

If colour schemes, layering of textures and lighting are the foundation of aesthetics when it comes to hygge, then warmth is the soul of the lifestyle: the final touch to create a sense of feeling. Establishing a feeling of warmth is basically what hygge revolves around, and there is no substitute for warmth like the ambience created by a crackling fireplace.

A fireplace is where people gather to sit and talk and take in the general warmth of the flames. Traditional fireplaces can be messy and do require a chimney for the smoke to escape, so there are alternatives that aren't just environmentally friendly but also sleek and stylish!

EcoSmart Fires offers a range of affordable fireplaces that have our hygge tick of approval. They offer the following types of fireplaces:

  • Ethanol burners

  • Fire pits

  • Curved fireplaces

  • Fireplace inserts

  • Fire tables

Each fireplace is unique and offers unique features such as:

  • Fuelled by e-NRG Bioethanol

  • Clean burning (no soot, smoke or ash)

  • Efficiency over 90%

  • No gas or electrical connection needed

  • Quick and easy installation

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The creator of EcoSmart Fires highlighted that “EcoSmart fires provide the ultimate drawcard with a myriad of benefits – warmth, captivating illumination, not to mention the ability to define spaces”.

Hygge definitely has a place within homes throughout Australia this season. Follow these four simple steps and you’ll be on your way to creating a hygge-inspired relaxation zone within your own home. Cup of tea, anyone?

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