Steinhafels Decorating Solutions #TipOfTheWeek goes international this week!
Winters are dreary and dark in Denmark, just like they are here in Wisconsin and the Midwest. However, Danes are often considered to be some of the happiest people on Earth. There must be something to it, right?
Hygge (“hue-guh”) is a Danish word with no direct English translation. It is often described as a feeling of cozy contentment – carefree, comfortable, and relaxed. Considering some of the modern-day stresses we are all experiencing–it wouldn’t hurt for us all to have some extra “hygge” in our lives!
This week’s design tip comes from Julie Kanugh, an interior designer at our Appleton store, who says you don’t need to jet off to Copenhagen to get hyggelig. You just need to familiarize yourself with some design basics that channel these positive thoughts!
As Julie explains, “A hygge room is easy to achieve. First, declutter. Get rid of things that do not truly make you happy. Donate them for a sense of goodwill. Now you have room for the important things – a fresh sofa and a comfy chair near the fireplace. Gather some fluffy down-filled pillows and a beautiful throw for luxury and warmth. Natural wood finishes, a sheepskin rug, favorite books, candles (lots of candles) and maybe a little natural greenery are all that are needed to create your own hygge environment.”
Sounds easy enough right? We get so caught up in the material things, that sometimes it’s important to remember that less can be more.
In closing, Julie adds, “Light those candles, turn off your TV and devices, put on your favorite lounge pants and pour some hot cocoa. See if you can channel your inner Dane!”
Our designers work hard to come up with creative tips for you! Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.