Hygge is a concept that is gripping the nation. Originating from Denmark, there is no direct translation of the word ‘hygge’, but the concept is broadly agreed to mean warmth, cosiness and contentment.
At its essence, hygge is about appreciating the simple things in life, and having a home that reflects that concept.
Perhaps a reaction to the increasing time pressures of modern life and our ever-growing reliance on technology, hygge is a concept that has exploded in recent months and is being embraced all around the world.
If you love the thought of embracing the idea of hygge, but are unsure how to translate the concept into real-life home design, our top tips will help you add a little more hygge to your home.
Adopt hygge into your living space
If you’re keen to embrace the concept of hygge, the best place to start is your living area. As the heart of the home, your living space should be presented in a way that encourages spending quality time with loved ones. Stop technology being the main focus of your living area by removing, or at least concealing, any televisions and games consoles etc. Instead, fill the area with soft, inviting home furnishings, comfy, plump cushions and snuggly woolen blankets.
Hygge your meal times
Make mealtimes a treasured social activity. Focus on comfortable, sociable eating areas that allow the host or chef to join in fully. Choose tables and chairs made of natural materials (no plastic or veneer in sight), that communicate a ‘communal’ attitude, where everyone is welcome to share good food, good company and lots of laughter. Think long tables and wooden benches.
Make the hearth of the home, the heart of the home
In years gone by, families and friends would have gathered around the fire, now you’re more likely to find them around the television. Hygge advocates returning to a simpler way of life. Make the most of any fireplaces or wood-burning stoves, and be sure to make a real feature of log piles.
Keep it simple
Hygge is about finding beauty in simplicity and authenticity. Think simple, soft, fuss-free lighting, from lamps rather than strong ceiling lights, along with an abundance of candles.
Bring the outdoors in
Within the concept of hygge is an implicit love of nature and all things natural. When it comes to home decor, think real wood flooring, slate tiles, earthy ceramics and exposed brick. Banish anything man-made for a truly hygge home.