You may have come across the term ’hygge’ (hooga) in lifestyle and interior design magazines, but what exactly is hygge? Hygge is said to be a main ingredient in the recipe for creating the World’s happiest nation, Denmark. For Danes, hygge is family and friends gathered around a well-set dining table for a Sunday roast and a great conversation. It can also be hygge to snuggle up in your favourite armchair or couch with a good read and a cup of tea in your own company. Even something as simple as lit candles on your windowsill can be hygge.
Hygge is about the relaxed atmosphere that makes you feel at home and allows you to unwind and recharge. You cannot force the feeling of hygge, however you can help it along with the right kind of furniture and decorations.
At JYSK, our Scandinavian roots are reflected in our selection of furniture and decorations. Our heritage is also a great part of our culture and we’d love get the Irish onboard and help set the mood for hygge in your homes. Scandinavian style is minimalistic and light, and the design is characterised by clean lines and fine details. At JYSK you can find lots of inspiration for cosy, Scandinavian-themed décor which will create a hygge atmosphere.
Pleasant surroundings are an important part of hygge and cosiness. While hygge can happen anywhere and in any room in the home, the living room often provides the setting for hygge. In the living room, the sofa, cushions and throws play a particularly important role in generating a hygge ambience. Candles, tealight holders and candlesticks and decorative items add a little extra something to hygge. But hygge can also be created outdoors as well. Late summer evenings with cosy throws and tealights to create a special hygge feel.
Decorating a room and adding a sense of personal style, need not be expensive. With our 6 affordable decorating and styling tips, you can makeover your living room space on a budget. From practical storage solutions to bargain ideas to style your space. Read below for inspiration.
1.GIVE YOUR WALLS NEW LIFE
Artwork on the walls can be expensive, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to give your walls a new look. An alternative to pricey decoration on the walls is to create a personal picture wall. Mix and match frames to create a vintage feel, which can often look quite expensive. Stick to frames in gold, brass or wood for this look.
2. CHANGE YOUR CUSHIONS
If you don’t think you can afford to invest in a new sofa, it’s easy to update the look of your room with just the cushions. Decorative cushions are especially suitable for decorating on a budget as the colours and styles of the cushions can change depending on the season, therefore giving your living room a whole new look. With relatively small means you can follow the current trends while giving your home furnishings versatility and a twist with new cushions.
3. DECORATE WITH MIRRORS
Decorating with mirrors is an unconventional and less expensive alternative to pricey artwork. This is because mirrors radiate elegance and make the room appear larger. You can also use mirrors to reflect the light in a room to make it seem brighter.
Your interior design doesn’t have to be traditional, in fact you can use virtually anything as unconventional wall decorations instead of the classic pictures on a wall.
4. MAKE ROOM FOR EXCLUSIVITY
Another budget decorating idea is to use faux furs throughout your living room. Furs exude exclusivity without necessarily costing a fortune. Put a faux fur rug on the floor or a faux fur cushion on a chair. A great DIY tip is to attach a faux fur seat cushion to an affordable stool for an expensive look.
5. CHOOSE THE RIGHT LIGHTING
Lighting in the living room doesn’t have to come from an expensive ceiling lamp. Many people make the mistake of not considering what kind of light they want their new lamp to provide before they buy it. Light shades, lamps and candles have a big influence on the mood of your living room, as they can really set the scene. The lighting elements of your room can also add to the decorative design without been too expensive.