If, like millions of similar-minded people, you love spending time in your campervan each year and travelling the world in it, then spending time and money decorating it is no issue! If you love staying on top of the trends and have a way with interiors, then no doubt you’ll have heard of the ‘Hygge’ way of living and the style of it. Whilst you may have heard of it, you may not clear on what it is exactly. Read on to discover Hygge, and how you can incorporate it into your campervan for the most on-trend vehicle on the road!
What is Hygge?
The Danish art of Hygge can be described as “the absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming; taking pleasure from the presence of gentle, soothing things.” This leaves things that are hygge into interpretation and can be altered to suit your own needs and feelings, but some things in particular are hygge: candles, enjoying the company of friends, coffee in the mornings, for example. Alex Beauchamp, founder of HyggeHouse.com comments; “Hygge (or to be “hyggeligt”) doesn’t require learning “how to”, adopting it as a lifestyle or buying anything. It’s not a thing and anyone telling you different either doesn’t understand it or is literally trying to sell you something that has nothing to do with the concept. You can’t buy a ‘hygge living room’ and there’s no ‘hygge foods’ to eat.”
It sounds like a challenge, especially when dealing with an abstract concept, but creating a hygge-style is easy when you start to let your imagination flow, and think of things that soothe and comfort you. If you allow your feelings to take over, you will have made a start on it before you know it. This can also be something that can evolve over time as you learn more about Hygge and the feeling you are trying to evoke. If you’re struggling, browse Pinterest and Instagram for beautiful Hygge-inspired images and ideas. Plenty of people have incorporated this into their lives and home interiors – why not your campervan interiors? This is about warming up one’s spirit, provoking a contentedness from deep inside, and soothing your soul.
In-line with keeping everything calming, the best place to start would be to keep everything clean and fresh. White and cream colours tend to look less cluttered and can be very relaxing when utilised properly. These might not always be the most practical for your campervan, but consider appropriate places to incorporate white – start small and work up from there. Other soothing colours involve pastels or greys. These can look very neutral, which is ideal, and contribute to the overall tranquil feeling. Another significant point is to keep things clutter-free and minimal – after all, this would be ideal in any campervan with how little free space you will have! Lighting is another important step – fairy lights, minimal lamps and candles will contribute to a zen feel and make the space look beautiful, especially in the evenings when you are parked up and relaxing with some dinner. Consider basic accessories such as some plain artwork, a few carefully chosen luxurious cushions, or a beautiful wool throw to keep your campervan charming and cosy – the perfect Hygge design!