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The night’s are getting longer and cooler and (while some of us may not want to admit it), the Autumnal transition is here! It’s time to embrace the feeling of contentment and cosiness that simple at home comforts evoke with a little bit of ‘hygge’.
Pronounced “hoo-gah”, the Danish word ‘hygge’ translates to “a quality of cosiness, (feeling warm, comfortable, and safe) that comes from doing simple things such as lighting candles, baking, or spending time at home with your family”. It’s a Scandinavian way of life that has gained popularity in recent years especially in interior design due to the tranquillity, relaxation and comfort it encapsulates.
An easy way to integrate this concept into your life is with a ‘hygge’ bedroom, and we couldn’t love it more, especially leading into the Winter months. Think soft and tactile textures, natural accents and warm lighting as the perfect opportunities to explore and inject high levels of ‘hygge’ into your sleep space. Here are our top 8 tips for creating that cosy, tranquil and warm feeling in your own bedroom.
The Little Book Of Hygge by Meik Wiking
1. It’s all about the bed.
Your bed is the focal point of the room so why shouldn’t the bedhead be cosy too. An upholstered bedhead will instantly soften, add cosiness and become a place where you can read a good book, sip a hot drink and spend time with your loved ones. What could be more ‘hygge’ than that. Don’t forget about the mattress - your foundation to creating the ultimate experience in bed. We talk about mattress care here.
2. Layers, layers and more layers!
Build on the cosiness of your bedhead with layers, layers and more layers. Think luxurious mattress toppers, silky sheets, quilts, coverlets and throws. Swap out your Summer quilt for a super snuggly, heavier weight quilt. We love our 100% Bamboo Quilt that is perfect for Winter. From there, it’s all about adding soft, touchable layers according to your preference and style. Choose natural, breathable fabrics like 100% Bamboo and Cotton that will not only keep you toasty but regulate your body temperature too so you’ll avoid getting too hot and sweaty.
3. A touch of texture goes a long way.
While you’re layering, let’s talk about texture! Textural layers are the key to creating a calm but ultimately livable ‘hygge’ space. Look for sheets, quilts, throws and pillows in varying textures and tonal hues to create a bed you won’t want to leave behind in the morning. Linen Bamboo is great, it’s naturally wrinkly look means texture and less ironing while keeping the softness of Bamboo. Double win!
4. Dim the lights, baby!
Lighting can have a huge impact on the atmosphere of a room and in turn, your mood! In the bestselling book ‘The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well’, Meik Wiking says we should put candles into every room of the house as soft candlelight is the epitome of the ‘hygge’ feeling. While candlelight is certainly romantic (and ultra flattering), you can also achieve this feeling by adding a dimmer switch to your main lights, choosing warm over cool light bulbs and even throwing in a sprinkling of fairy lights to create that soft and inviting ‘hygge’ glow.
5. Pillow talk.
You’ve heard us rave about them before, throw cushions are essential, always. But especially so if you’re trying to embody that ‘hygge’ vibe. Not only do they add instant cosiness (how many times can we write cosiness in one article? ;) ), but it’s the easiest way to play around with colour, tone, texture, style and be creative without committing to a big change. Extra ‘hygge’ points for giant floor cushions you can snuggle up on to read a book.
All the textures, view our NEW range of cushions.
6. Colour matters.
There is some psychology behind certain bedroom colours. For example, Lavender is said to be relaxing while neutral earthy tones will instil a sense of peace and calming. At the end of the day choose colours that speak to your soul and make you feel instantly soothed when you enter your room. We dive further into this topic over here.
7. Bring the outdoors in.
In true Scandinavian style add a little (or a lot) of greenery to your space. Not only do they look great, certain plants have health benefits too. Choose Jasmine, Valerian and Lavender for relaxing, sleep inducing properties or Snake Plant and Aloe Vera for air purification. It’s also said that caring for indoor plants can reduce blood pressure evoking a soothing feeling, encouraging sleep and better mental health. Bring on those plants!
8. Calm the clutter (and your mind)!
The key to bringing together your ‘hygge’ bedroom is keeping your space free from ‘clutter’ but at the same time, filling it with items that you really love. You want to feel that spark of joy every time you walk into your bedroom.
‘Hygge’ Bonus: What could be more ‘hygge’ than heading to your bedroom oasis and slipping into a soft, luxurious robe. Our NEW Plush Robes are the ultimate in cosiness (had to throw one more in there) and luxury, you’ll want more than one so you never have to be without them.
Pure Zone Brand Manager Lisa gets cosy in our new Plush Robe in Zig Zag Grey.
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Bathrobe, dressing gown, wrap around, house-coat, morning dress, kimono…. They go by many names depending on what part of the world you’re from. Whatever you call them, one thing is for sure…. Robes are the perfect addition to your family’s loungewear look.
They cover your body from the cold, or help you dry off while luxuriously wrapping you in warmth. They also look excellent as an overcoat for those quick evening trips to the supermarket… no? Just us?
There’s lots of reasons to love Winter! Hot drinks or a Barossa Valley red by the fire, snuggling up in your favourite woollen knits and an excuse to load up on carb-heavy foods to, you know, keep warm.
You might also be feeling less sparkly than normal! If this sounds at all familiar, here are five feel good ways to naturally boost those happy hormones so you can start embracing wonderful Winter.