Hygge at Home: 9 Top tips when planning or creating a Hygge inspired bathroom.
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I’m very passionate about well-being and finding ways to focus on it at home, so I hope this blog series “Hygge at home” helps spark some Hygge inspired ideas for your home that will contribute to an enhanced sense of calm and well-being.
~ What is Hygge? ~
You’ve probably come across the word “Hygge” quite a lot over the past few years, but what does it actually mean?
Hygge, pronounced “hoo-ga,” is a Danish concept which aims to leave you feeling secure, comfy and super cosy.
Meik Wiking, the author of The Little Book of Hygge, paraphrases the words of Winnie the Pooh to describe Hygge perfectly “You don’t spell it, you feel it”. If you don’t have this book on your bookshelf, you really should! (It makes a wonderful gift too).
Hygge is more about creating atmosphere than using specific interior design techniques and chances are you are already practicing “Hygge” in your home without even realising it!
The best part of Hygge is, you don’t need a huge house in order to achieve it. In fact, some of the most inspiring Hygge spaces can be found in smaller more compact homes.
Why incorporate Hygge design into your home?
~ Emotional Benefits ~
Incorporating Hygge décor has huge emotional benefits, helping create a sense of calm and peace in your living space.
Since we take in our environment through our senses of sight, sound, touch, taste and smell, it’s not surprising that creating cosy Hygge inspired living spaces can help us feel less anxious and promote an increased sense of calm and emotional well-being.
Feeling safe, relaxed and comfortable enables us to feel more present which is the key element to practicing mindfulness when trying to reduce stress and anxiety.
~ Physical Benefits ~
Incorporating Hygge décor into your home can also present more physical benefits.
When we feel secure and calm, our body responds accordingly.
It’s in moments of perceived danger that our bodies can naturally respond with the fight or flight stress response.
A Hygge-style environment promotes an atmosphere of safety and comfort, where our minds and bodies can feel at ease, eliminating the need for our bodies to scan our environment for threats.
It can also lead to a better quality of sleep as the mind and body and more relaxed.
9 Top Tips to Creating a Hygge Inspired Bathroom
With the bathroom being the room, many of us find the most relaxing, I thought this a very good place to start.
~ 1. Choosing your bathroom furniture ~
Scandinavians are well known for their minimalistic approach to interior design with white being a staple to most of their designs.
A simple yet sophisticated, white bathroom suite creates the perfect starting point for a Hygge inspired space with the added bonus that it’s unlikely to date quickly.
When choosing your bath, remember it’s likely to be the focal point of the room so go for your favourite design and the largest size you can get away with.
This stunning bathroom belongs to @angels_home ~ Just look at that tub!
Finally, when planning the layout of the furniture, factor in as much storage as you can. This will enable you to keep your surfaces as clutter free as possible.
~ 2. Walls ~
Bringing the outdoors in, is very much a Hygge principle so bring added Hygge into your bathroom through natural colours and materials such as wood and natural stone.
~ Wooden wall panelling ~
Wooden wall panelling is an ideal wall covering choice in a bathroom or en-suite but only on walls that do not come into direct contact with water. (Just make sure the glue is suitable for both interior and exterior use, meaning it is capable of dealing with the moisture and humidity changes that occur in the bathroom).
This gorgeous brand new bathroom belongs to the lovely Sarah over @hearts_at_claremont
Whilst wooden wall panelling is resistant to moisture it’s not suitable as a direct replacement to tiles in a shower area.
If you’re toying with the idea of wooden panelling, I’ve written a DIY guide which you can read here.
~ Natural Stones Tiles ~
Other alternatives are natural stones like marble and granite but whilst they look beautiful and instantly add Hygge to your bathroom, they can be a very expensive option.
Stone effect tiles have become a very popular choice, with their added durability, (natural stones like marble and travertine can scratch and mark really easily) reduced maintenance and lower cost making them a perfect alternative to natural stone.
This beautiful Hygge inspired bathroom belongs to @littlestonecottageonthill
~ Exposed Brick ~
Hygge is all about textures and warmth, so exposed brickwork is also another great option, but be sure to keep the rest of your bathroom design simple so as not to overwhelm the space.
Top tip: Hygge is also all about simplicity, so in areas you may be thinking of using tiles, consider using the same tiles across walls and floors, allowing the room to flow seamlessly.
~ Neutral Wall Paint Colours ~
Once all the furniture, tiles and any cladding are fitted it’s time to paint the remaining walls. Ensure to stick to neutral colour as bold and brave colours may have the opposite effect. Also be sure to use moisture and steam resistant paint specifically formulated for bathrooms.
~ 3. Frameless Shower Screen ~
A frameless shower screen or door will also help create a seamless feel to the space.
This stunning bathroom belongs to Becks over @thehousebuild You can hardly see her shower screen here allowing the room to flow beautifully.
~ 4. Lighting ~
Specifically, mood lighting!
Creating a Hygge inspired bathroom is all about creating a warm and cosy ambience and one of the easiest ways to achieve this is with mood lighting.
@plumdove certainly knows how to create a cosy ambience in her bathroom!
Forget harsh white lighting, you need dimmable soft lighting. Adding a dimmable light switch will allow you to increase the light when you really need it but dim the light when a more tranquil atmosphere is required after a long hard day.
If it’s too late to incorporate a dimmable light switch into your bathroom, don’t worry! You can create a warm and relaxing atmosphere by lighting candles around the bath.
~ 5. Underfloor heating ~
Hygge living centres around warmth and cosiness so installing underfloor heating into your bathroom is a great way to keep your bathroom cosy; not only will it help keep the room heated, but it’ll also keep your bathroom tiles super toasty when you step out of the bath.
You don’t need to be in bathroom planning mode for the next few tips. They can be implemented in an existing bathroom to help create a more Hygge inspired space.
~ 6. Bathroom accessories ~
Mirrors, shelves, sink accessories and baskets made from natural materials that are in keeping with the rest of your design will finish the room off beautifully.
Christine over at @painttherosesred_interior has created what can only be described as Hygge Heaven in her bathroom! Ticking every Hygge box going!
Here are some Hygge style bathroom accessories that have caught my eye recently.
~ Mirrors ~
~ Hygge Style Shelving ~
~ Hygge Style Sink Accessories ~
~ Storage Baskets ~
~ 7. Greenery ~
This beautiful bathroom full of greenery belongs to @emma_sugi
Not only do plants add the finishing touch to any room in your home, it’s also been scientifically proven that adding indoor plants to the home helps reduce stress levels by helping with our breathing, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen back into the room, all helping to boost productivity and wellbeing.
Don’t be afraid to go with faux though!
Sometimes trying to keep real plants alive can actually cause you extra stress and there are some great faux options available these days, so don’t worry.
~ 8. Add some fluff! ~
Not that kind of fluff! I know what you’re thinking!
Adding cosy fluffy textures to your bathroom is a great way to make, what can sometimes be, a very clinical room into something cosy and welcoming.
Invest in a new fluffy bathmat and some thick cotton towels to add a luxurious feel to the room.
Here are some great value options from Dunelm.
~ 9. Wooden Bath Caddy ~
Wooden bath caddies have become very popular and it’s not difficult to see why! They are a very practical solution to ensuring you have absolutely everything at you need, all at arm’s reach!
Take your wine, cuppa, book or even (if you’re feeling brave) tablet to the bath with you! Just don’t forget to lock the door so you aren’t interrupted!
So, there you have it, my 9 tips to creating a Hygge inspired Bathroom.
Life is pretty hard for everyone right now and finding time to relax can be tricky.
The bathroom is one of the few rooms in the house with a lock on the door so create yourself a quiet and relaxing sanctuary away from everyone; just make sure you lock that bathroom door before you slip into those bubbles!
Happy Hyggeness to all.
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