Live The Danish Lifestyle – How to Hygge your Home
For those not familiar, ‘hygge’ (pronounced hoo-gah) refers to the Danish lifestyle – a concept roughly described as a feeling of comfort and contentment, as well as indulging in all the good things and people in your life. It’s one often connected to the idea that the Danes are the happiest people in the world, and that it’s the concept of ‘hygge’ that provides the secret to their success.
Largely defined as more of a feeling or mood more than a specific word, the concept can be interpreted as a mental state rather than a physical one. It’s also made its way into the Collins Dictionary top ten words of the year. So how then can you apply a more Danish feel and essence of ‘hygge’ to your own interior styling?
A key area of Danish styling is the cosiness of the perfect mix of materials and patterns to add character and interest an otherwise minimalist interior scheme. They tend to introduce plenty of warm, natural materials, such as wood, leather and wool. However, the overall look still needs to adhere to a tight colour palette to prevent it clashing or becoming too cluttered. Oversized pillows, throws and blankets in minimal tones provide the typical ‘hygge’ that will provide you with both comfort and warmth through the winter months.
Giant oversized from WoolCoutureCompany £180 + shipping.
Genuine Beni Ourain rug from £200+ from Sukhi.
Mohair Throw – £56 Avoca
Create intimate calming spaces
Although candles and cushions are a part of it, hygge is not just about accumulating household goods to engineer a homey atmosphere. It’s about the way we live. You frame the moment, slow down and create space for intimacy. With that in mind, your home should facilitate those calming spaces with lighting to make spaces feel relaxed and warm. Relaxing furniture in dedicated areas that you can curl up with a good book are advised, along with lamps artfully positioned to create soothing pools of light.
Felix Table Lamp £65- Pooky
Simplify and reduce clutter
Hygge is all about appreciating the little pleasures. It’s about stopping for a moment and focusing in on the small things – things that give us joy and what’s more, often come for free. Getting rid of distractions in your home by reducing clutter, simplifying your decor choices and maintaining clean lines. Hygge and minimalism go hand in hand. They both value a meaningful life above all else.
Imola Armchair – BoConcept £2,469
Use neutral colours with splashes of colour
The colour palettes you choose help to create a calming serenity, so keep them simple. Scandinavian interior design commonly uses cooler colours such as whites, creams, greys and lighter pastels. However, this just means it is even more important to create warmth using smaller areas of brighter colours.
Use natural materials
Lots of natural materials like wood help to relax a space. If you’re lucky enough to have a living room with an open fire then you have an instant way to introduce natural wood into your interior design.
Artisan Wrought Iron log holder – the Nordic home