Encourage Meaningful Dialogue
“Scandinavians are really good at slowing down and making everyday moments more special,” Gove says. “Creating intentional spaces within the home is key in creating a sense of security and contentment that extends to every other area, too.” Any room in your home can be set up to encourage meaningful conversation: Gove owns a where her guests love to gather. She also suggests creating an intimate furniture floor plan around the fireplace. Likewise, she limits the use of electronic devices during dinners to improve conversation and avoids making the TV the main focus in her living area.
Shop with Intention
Scandinavians are adept at editing their belongings. “Everything they own is beautiful, has personal meaning, or is designed with a specific function,” Gove says. Achieving hygge in your own home is about removing what doesn’t give you joy and shopping with purpose.
Gove suggests sourcing quality, handmade, natural products (and eschewing plastic throwaway items), as well as shopping for vintage and well-worn items with backstories. This goes right along with the Scandinavian penchant for conscientious living—and knowing about the sources of your belongings. “The hygge concept isn’t about accumulating things,” Saex says, “it’s actually about having fewer things with many purposes.”
The art of cozy living is about how beautifully and joyfully you inhabit your home—from its façade to the front door and within. You need only follow the principles of Scandinavian design to curate that perfectly hygge house: Welcome guests in with open arms, surround yourself only with the items you love and create relaxing areas for mindful downtime—and meaningful interactions.