We have all heard of and practiced Eastern home design principles such as vastu shastra, feng shui and wabi-sabi. But even the west can teach us a thing or two about holistic home decor that helps us stay happy and healthy. Here are some cool trends that are super hot this year.
Hygge, Lagom, Friluftsliv, Fika, Niksen? Sounds Greek to you? Fine, European, but maybe more northern. As the world struggles to survive the pandemic and return to normal, wellness home design concepts like these are winning converts in droves. They may have different names, but they all point to the same principle – an improved quality of life.
Derived from an old Norwegian word meaning “well-being”, this is not only an important part of Danish culture as a minimalist interior design style, but has also gained wide popularity worldwide.
It embodies the feeling of being content while enjoying life’s simple pleasures and celebrates the values of home, hearth and togetherness that bring us comfort and joy.
How do I achieve hygge? Spend time with family, invite friends over for dinner, and get rid of annoying clutter. That being said, the most important aspects of hygge decor are natural elements and neutral color schemes – white walls or warm neutrals create a calming canvas, accompanied by natural elements like wood, bamboo and plants.
Mood lighting is another important factor, as are scented candles, cushions and rugs. In fact, Danes are said to be the happiest people in the world, so it’s definitely worth taking a page out of your hygge book.
Many see this design trend as a Swedish twist on Danish hygge. Rooted in the Swedish idea of ’just right’, it’s about focusing on needs rather than wants and knowing when you’ve had enough. Rather than blind accumulation, Lagom makes a point of buying only the things you need to live. Yes, it focuses on decluttering, but no, it doesn’t mean living spartan. It means providing your nest with a soft, soothing vibe without over-decorating and accessorizing. Part of Lagom is connecting with nature, so bring plants inside or capture the view outside with large windows.
Incidentally, scientists have found a link between acquisition and unhappiness, and Swedes are certainly advocates of quality of life over material accumulation, and being present in the moment rather than obsessing over what to buy or do next.
This Welsh term has a variety of English translations, the most common of which is ‘hug’ or ‘cuddle’, and the Welsh use it to describe an act of love, comfort and comfort. Cwtch also means ‘cabin’ or ‘closet’ as the feel of cwtch means being surrounded by something or someone for safety.
Cwtch’s design therefore brings an element of comfort and familiarity into your home. Traditional and historical pieces are particularly relevant as decorators draw inspiration from the past. Plush furniture, antique decorative items and deep-seated sofas are just a few of the items commonly seen in the homes of cwtch-hugging tastemakers.
Fika is a Swedish term meaning “have a coffee”. Fika stands for the purest form of enjoying coffee, cake or other delicacies. It focuses on the experience of taking the time to fully enjoy a great cup of coffee with friends, family and colleagues. In a world where many of us end up grabbing a quick cup before rushing out, fika represents a relaxed and enjoyable approach to connecting with people through food and drink.
Just drinking a cup of coffee isn’t enough, it’s about making time for a quality break, full of your favorite drink, food and company. It could be in a coffee shop, in your backyard, or even over Zoom.
What’s even better? When sipped from a handcrafted mug, it’s a work of art worthy of being displayed on your kitchen shelves. Yes, make the effort to swap out your regular basic tableware for something made with love, probably by hand on the potter’s wheel.
Coined by playwright Henrik Ibsen, this Norwegian word loosely translates to ‘life in the open air’ or ‘life under the open sky’. It describes the joy and satisfaction that comes from living outdoors and finding opportunities to socialize, exercise, play, and eat outdoors.
Really, it’s no secret that getting outside is not only good for your physical health but also your mental health — from the serotonin-boosting effects of sun exposure to the effects of a stroll through your local park, many wellness experts have the testifies to increased happiness, reduced stress and soul-stirring satisfaction we get from spending time outdoors. You can bring Friluftsliv to the outside areas of your home by outfitting them with campfire pits and grill stations, and encouraging as many al fresco meals as the weather permits.
Switching off, daydreaming, giving yourself the opportunity to be still, this Dutch practice is basically about doing nothing, and above all without having a purpose. As a result, Niksen rooms have become a trend in homes — a private, designated, sanctuary-like space away from the media, TVs, charging stations, and distractions, where you can indulge in intentional futility that can be as simple as sitting in a chair sit, look out the window and just relax.
So, from a design perspective, a Niksen room brings with it a range of performance characteristics – air conditioning, acoustics, lighting and of course clean air methods. Colors must be soothing and soothing, furnishings as reduced as possible. A daily dose of Niksen helps you manage the stresses of everyday life, and according to researchers, it’s just one way to create a happy home.