More Than Just Hygge: What Scandinavia Can Teach Us About Cosy Living
Scandinavia has long been a style mecca. Whether it’s their ever-stylish capsule wardrobes or penchant for high end interior design, Scandinavia has a knack for being effortlessly cool.
But it’s not just design that Scandinavia is good at. Some of the happiest nations on Earth are situated in Scandinavia, defeating the dark winters with positive approaches to lifestyle. Curious about how these countries are so happy, Insulation Express has investigated their wellness tips, interior design and style.
In Denmark, Hygge is a crucial part of everyday culture. Meaning the feeling of cosiness and taking pleasure in small things it encapsulates the light and airy approach to homes in Denmark. With bright white walls to bring in plenty of light, they also make the most of layers of soft fabrics and candles to bring a cosy feel to their houses. Taking time to meet with friends and family, going outside even when it’s cold and enjoying sweet treats are all part of a hygge lifestyle.
In Sweden, Lagom is another approach to living a relaxed and happy life. Lagom means just the right amount, whether that’s just enough chocolate, just enough blankets on the sofa or just enough time spent with friends. By focusing on what we have and feeling content, the Swedes overcome the pressure of modern life to constantly have more.
In Scandinavia they cope with contrasting seasons by finding something to enjoy in each season.
In spring and summer, they spend a lot of time outdoors and use large windows and light coloured walls to bring in as much of the sunshine as they possibly can. Potted plants, wooden furniture and natural textures play up this natural theme.
In autumn and winter, lots of candles and cosy pillows and throws create a luxurious haven from the cold weather outside. Many people in Scandinavia enjoy crafts, reading and invite friends over during the darker months to make being inside all of the time a lot easier. Having really good insulation is also really important to make sure the cold doesn’t creep inside. Most homes have excellent insulation and double or even triple glazed windows.
Each country has a distinctive interior style, with Norway making the most of natural textures such as sheep skin and reclaimed wood. The colour palette of Norwegian homes tend to be slightly darker and rugged and can include traditional textiles like embroidery and woven materials.
In Sweden, walls are usually white, and furniture will be in light, natural materials too. Homes sometimes include colour in the form of details like soft furnishings or artwork, but these are normally in more muted colours too. Spaces are soothing and relaxing, with the home acting as a haven to relax and unwind.
To easily get the Scandinavian look in your own home, why not add some reclaimed wooden mirrors to your walls and invest in a faux sheepskin rug. Reading nooks are also popular and can be easy to recreate using what you already have at home – add a rug and cushion to an armchair and place a stack of books beside the chair so you are ready to read whenever you like. And of course, making sure your home is well insulated and warm will mean you are cosy and relaxed all year round.
For more information on Scandinavian home décor and lifestyle, take a look at Insulation Express’ handy tips to get your home feeling cosy.