Hygge Applied to Home Flooring?
Aug 02, 2021
Hygge—When Home Feels Like a Hug
Hygge is a Danish word for happiness and is pronounced hue-gah. The hygge design style focuses on living a life of joy. The idea is that you are in control of creating a space that brings you happiness, and through your interior design, you can truly live in the moment. This style is especially apparent in the winter months when your home becomes a cozy oasis from the cold.
Color inside the Lines
Since hygge is a Scandinavian style focused on simplified happiness, you should consider this when choosing the color of your floors. It is best to avoid loud patterns, bright colors, and deep rich tones. Instead, opt for neutral colors that keep the space looking clean and simple.
Hardwood Is Hard to Pass Up
When it comes to hygge design, hardwood flooring is the most popular option. Hygge focuses on natural elements, and hardwood checks the box. When choosing your hardwood floors, we recommend selecting lighter-toned woods with a natural matte finish, such as walnut or oak. In addition, hardwoods that have a natural texture like knots or grain marks can also work well. Of course, you will want to make sure the grain marks aren’t too exotic or bold as that will contrast with the simplicity of the hygge design. Starting with a simple foundation gives you the freedom to add cozy factors later in the design process.
Limited Budget? Try Laminate.
Hardwood can be expensive, but if you want the look of hardwood and don’t want to overspend, we recommend trying laminate. Laminate is a more affordable alternative that is easy to install. You will be able to choose from various colors and styles, which means there is an option for your hygge design that is more budget-friendly—allowing you to have your cake and eat it too.
Design Is in the Details
Part of what makes hygge so notable are the warm and cozy elements. So, once you have chosen and installed your ideal flooring, you will want to add some accents to keep your space feeling snuggly. Details you might consider are:
- A thick Sherpa throw rug
- A classic wool area rug
- Lighting with a warm glow, such as a Hygge-style floor lamp
- Any other natural materials that you like
When choosing design elements, avoid flashy, distracting pieces to stay within the calming hygge vision.
Finding Your Floor
As always, finding a flooring design can be deeply personal, and we all have unique preferences. For example, some might reach for hot chocolate on a cold winter day, whereas others might go for a warm cup of tea. Both beverages accomplish joy and warmth, which are two essential factors in hygge design. The flooring and elements you choose are up to you, and if they bring you joy and warmth, you have accomplished hygge correctly.
If you still feel stuck when looking for floors that go best with your hygge vision, call or visit your local Flooring America store, and one of our experts will help you find the perfect floors for your home.
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