The secret of Danish happiness

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Hygge is a Danish word that literally means “things that make you feel good”. And what will this concept have to do with the world of decoration, you will be wondering. In fact, much more than you can imagine.

What is hygge? If we consider that Denmark is considered the happiest country in the world (or so they say), then we will have to trust them and their hygge philosophy.

Now, what is hygge? This word without translation encourages us to enjoy the small pleasures of life. It is something like a lifestyle, an attitude but also an atmosphere that is cozy and relaxed. In short, find time to take care of yourself and enjoy the little things that make life interesting.

Open the house to the outside

And how can we apply this concept to the decoration of the house? The Danes advise us to open the house to the outside. Due to their geographical situation and their climatic conditions, the Danes enjoy a few hours of sunlight and an unappealing climate. Far from what many people might think, the Danes have been able to take advantage of their lifestyle.

This explains why the Nordic dwellings opt for open spaces. This type of architecture eliminates obstacles and allows light to flow better in all corners. And is that the houses open to the outside are full of life and energy. But there is more, hygge philosophy also encourages us to enjoy these spaces in the company of our loved ones: outdoor meals, meetings al fresco …

Enjoy cooking in company

Food is another of the small pleasures of life. Something that the Danes know very well, that’s why the kitchen becomes one of their favorite places of the house. We all know the importance of eating healthy and good. But in addition, the hygge concept encourages us to cook in company: an excuse to enjoy our loved ones and share unique moments and unforgettable experiences.

For this, our kitchen must be clean and well organized. Aesthetically, it is recommended to decorate this space with furniture and accessories that we find beautiful. It is about creating a pleasant atmosphere in which we want to be and enjoy cooking.

Decorate relaxed and welcoming environments

It may seem obvious but we often forget about it. Lighting is very important to create the right atmosphere. If we are inspired by the hygge philosophy, we must seek a warm and welcoming light that favors relaxation, especially in the areas of the house intended for rest. For example? Yellow lights, lamps with a display that emits a diffused light or with wall-mounted appliques to avoid direct light.
To create such a relaxed and peaceful setting, we must not forget the small details such as candles, plants and flowers, cozy textiles that add comfort … It is about creating environments that favor rest and well-being.

As far as furniture is concerned, it is recommended to avoid overloaded designs and the superfluous. The furniture is ideal in rounded shapes, as the round designs envelop us and make us feel more protected. While straight forms are more aggressive.

To create a relaxed atmosphere, the Danes also recommend us to choose light colors and earth tones and always opt for natural materials such as wood, cotton …

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