Concept catches on with cozy candles, comfortable décor and ‘silent design’

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In recent years, the Danish concept of hygge has spread across the ocean, with many Americans wondering what it all means, and how they can get some.

Hygge (pronounced hoo-guh) essentially means coziness and a feeling of contentment. There are a number of ways this translates into daily life, from the way a home is decorated to how one conducts themselves throughout the day.

Here are a few ways to bring hygge into the home.

Soften your space. Décor elements such as pillows, throws, blankets and rugs are the perfect way to achieve a sense of hygge by adding warmth and coziness in the home.

Light a candle. Burning a candle provides a sense of hygge by creating a soothing environment, while also creating a welcoming fragrance.

Stay on message. Throughout Denmark, there are specialty home stores in which happy and inspirational decorative signs are sprinkled among décor items.

Highlight your fireplace. Keeping warm by a crackling fire is an ideal way of creating a sense of hygge.

Get outdoors. From bike riding to walking, spending time taking in the sights and sounds of nature are great ways to get inspired.

Invoke thought. Hygge is also about a sense of mindfulness. One way to achieve this in the home is by incorporating insightful elements such as expressive or interpretive art.

Unplug from electronics. Reading books and playing family games is a preferred family activity, as opposed to sitting in front of the television or looking at a phone.

Clear the clutter. Minimalize. There is an aspect of hygge that is often referred to as “silent design,” in which as much excess as possible is removed or tucked away.

Think white. White is a popular foundation color in Denmark, helping to create a clean, calming sense of serenity. The color is even used on floors.

Add wood accents. Incorporating inspiration from nature is a creative way to incorporate hygge.