One of the biggest lifestyle trends in recent years has been the Scandinavian tradition of Hygge. Essentially, this is a way of living that centres around comfort and cosiness which evokes a general feeling of wellness and contentment. This can incorporate fashion, interior design, food and the way in which people lead their lives.
Not Just for Winter
Typically, Hygge is associated with the colder months of the year where people can wear cosy jumpers, get their homes as comfortable as possible and relax in front of a roaring fire, but that is not to say that the Scandinavians do not transition Hygge into the warmer months of the year and there are many ways that you can do this which will still evoke the same enjoyable feelings and help you to make the most out of summer.
Seasonal Cut Flowers
In Scandinavia, they really make the most out of the summer months as they are short but incredibly beautiful. Having seasonal cut flowers can bring some nature into your home during the warmer months of the year which can bring colour, life and a fresh fragrance into the home.
Maximise Natural Light
While in the winter you will want to shut out the outside world with thick curtains, during the warmer months of the year you will want natural light cascading through the home to create a bright, fresh and airy feel which is so important for Hygge during summer. This can be challenging, but smart use of mirrors such as mirrored wardrobes in the bedroom can actually make a huge difference and give a greater illusion of space.
Bright colours are also an integral part of Hygge during the warmer months of the year and can help to brighten up the home. Blues, pinks and yellows are all popular and can be brought into the home with cushions, throws etc.
As mentioned, in Scandinavia they really make the most out of their short yet very beautiful summers and one of the main ways that this is done is by eating outside and having friends over in the garden. There is nothing quite like enjoying friends over for a leisurely meal and drinks while the sun is shining, but if you do not have the space for this then you could always opt for a picnic in the park.
Spend Time in Nature
Following this, you should also make the most out of the warm weather by spending time in nature. This might include going through a walk through the forest, a bike ride through the countryside or a visit to the beach.
Hygge is typically associated with winter but it can easily transition into summer and trying the above during the warmer months of the year will evoke the same feelings of happiness, wellness and contentment.