Whether you’re having guests or an intimate family gathering at home, Christmas should be perfect. The number one trend this year is Hygge, pronounced “Hue-gah”. This originally Danish concept has spread across Scandinavia and into Europe this winter. Hygge is all about creating a warm, inviting atmosphere in your home. At the end of a cold, dreary day, you can arrive home to relax by the fire, surrounded by warm soft furnishings and candlelight.
Creating a warm, inviting home can be easy, and enjoyable. So here, we offer some ways of improving your home to give it that Hygge feel:
Fireplaces should be charming and welcoming. Traditional brick and wood fire surrounds are a classic design that comes back year after year, making this trend a worthwhile investment. Looking for something modern? A sleek, geometric hearth, painted in greys suits almost any space.
2. Formal Dining Rooms
A dining space is where you can truly express yourself. On trend this year is to mix and match rustic pieces with vintage. Texture and finish are imperative, so think table runners and coloured glassware. Wooden tables and rugs underfoot to make your guests feel warm and comfortable, a real haven away from the cold weather outside.
3. Kitchens With Mixed Materials
Kitchens should feel clean and hygienic, but that doesn’t have to mean clinical. Keep your preparation areas simple and neutral, but add interest to you units by mixing colours and wood finishes. Add coloured stainless steel to add life to your splash back or your sink area.
4. Small Touches
Adding texture is an easy way to update your home. This year it’s all about matte finishes, marble pieces, and gold or copper accents.
5. Hallway Storage
Investing in some useful, yet stylish storage with help keep your doorway from being untidy and help make your guests feel welcome and at ease as soon as they come through the door.
6. Hardwood Flooring
The most effective way of making your home feel welcoming and warm, with a new lease of life, is to add hardwood flooring like those from Just Woodﾧ. Durable and easy to maintain, hardwood flooring is a great option for year round use. With Christmas approaching and guests a plenty, muddy boots and soggy umbrellas won’t fare well on carpet, making hardwood flooring a much-appreciated necessity. Wherever you choose to have wooden flooring in your own, you’ll avoid all this.
7. Restore Your Flooring
Do you already have hardwood flooring, but it’s in need of some rejuvenation? This can also breathe new life into your home. Or perhaps you’ve just finished your home renovations in time for the autumn season but now your floor has taken a lot of hammer, look to the experts to help you get your flooring up to scratch to match your newly improved home.
If you have a bathroom or kitchen to tile, then stay clear of the usual square shapes and go for something unusual for interest. Subway style (rectangular) tiles are an easy way to give your space panache without being too showy.
9. Statement Mirror
Inject some life into your bathroom with a statement mirror! A simple rectangular mirror is predictable; wow your guests with art deco style, with a vintage mirror or ultra modern and bold with dramatic colour and lighting.
10. Bedroom Luxury
After a long winter day and an evening entertaining, a bedroom haven is what you need. Don’t neglect your bedroom this year, even just adding some new cushions and throws or a splash of paint can refresh your space and help you relax.
Using some of the tips and trick above will certainly make your home feel warmer and more cosy – just in time for Christmas!