How will you welcome Spring into your home?
Recently we were invited to write a guest blog for My Decorator called ” How to decorate your Living room with Hygge”. My Decorator a Sydney based Interior Design Studio was fascinated with Hygge and wanted to know a little more… you can read the Blog at http://www.mydecorator.com.au
Today we are going to look how you can get your home ready for Spring with a little inspiration from Hygge. Before we begin it’s important you know just what is Hygge and how it relates to decorating your home. Hygge is a Danish word that means …well loosely translated ‘a big hug’.
That’s how I remember the name huggie but it’s phonetically said ‘hoogah’. The sentiment is to create an environment where you and your closest family and friends can come together to share a heart warming time, eat good foods, enjoy each other’s company and create a welcoming atmosphere.
Now that you understand the basics of what Hygge is we can get started on how to bring Hygge into your home this Spring.
In part Hygge is governed by a minimalist decorating style with a neutral colour palette incorporating natural materials. So with this in mind… Spring is the perfect time to get busy decluttering your home from the extra layers of soft furnishings, bedding and blankets that Winter brings.
“Spring cleaning” with natural cleaners, removing mould, dust and grime from the year thus far will ensure your home is safe from contaminates, allergy triggers and harsh chemicals. With that out of the way, it’s now time to assess your clean decluttered ‘slate’ / your home to see where you might like to freshen up your decor ready for Spring and the Summer months ahead.
Freshen up your Decor
Spring is the perfect time to bring in some lovely colour. Hygge inspired colours include whites, natural whites, beige, soft greys, duck egg blues and blush pinks and of course greens in your potted plants! Try to work with three colours, the 60,30,10 rule works wonders. A main colour/ the dominant colour at 60%, the secondary colour at 30% and an accent colour at 10% added in for a little extra interest. Look at what you currently have in your furnishings, window coverings and floor and wall colours. Minimalist styling is key here, don’t over complicate the area with to many different colours.
If you have a dark sofa, add in some natural whites and perhaps soft grey/blue cushions and a throw. Don’t forget your greenery. Add in some fresh flowers – again whites, greenery and a touch of soft blush pink or delicate yellows. Subtle is key for Hygge as is natural fibres and wood and ceramic decorating items.
After you have finished adding in the fresh new cushions, throw and flowers, plants, candles and decorating items, don’t forget to see where you can brighten up the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Just about anywhere in the home can benefit from a little extra / fresh elements to welcome in Spring and our entertaining season!
New dinner ware to brighten your dining table along with fresh flowers and tea lights creates a beautiful Hygge dining experience. It also gives you the opportunity to play around with your new spring/summer colour palette.
Loving these gorgeous ceramic bowls and plates from Kmart, just the right hint of colour for a beautiful coastal or country look. They even can be introduced into a modern decor.
If you live near the beach collect shells and other interesting beach finds and display them in a wooden bowl. If you live in the country collect finds from nature and display in a beautiful vase. You can supplement your finds with dropping into a florist (We love Branch and Blossom in Gympie check them out at https://branchandblossom.com.au/ they even have an online shop! ) to pick up extra pretties.
When creating your displays from the ocean or the countryside be sure to mirror your new colour palette in the display, whether you have the same colours or complimentary colours – it will harmonise with your new colour palette.
Above is an example from Branch and Blossom of how gorgeous mixed elements can look with fresh and dried flowers and grasses.
Don’t forget your natural soy candles and essential oil burners. The warm glow and beautiful scents add to the Hygge atmosphere !
The finishing touches
Now that you have spring cleaned your home, decluttered, and have added a few fresh colours in your cushions and throws, flowers and decorating accents it’s time to invite your besties over to enjoy the Hygge experience.
Cooking and sharing good clean healthy food, enjoyable beverages hot or cold, soft music and your twinkle fairy lights and candles all set the scene for a beautiful relaxing time shared with loved ones or even a self care date on your own. Enjoy!
If you need a little help with your Spring decorating get in touch. We love to help. We offer in person and on-line consults.
Happy Spring decorating! Warmth Sherri
Sherri Smith Interiors – Home of the Sustainable, Healthy and Beautiful Interiors.
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