Whether you’re a devout enthusiast of interiors or something of a decor novice, there is little doubt you will have heard design’s latest buzzword – hygge. But do you know what it is? And, aside from that tiny detail, do you have the slightest clue how to implement the style in your home? Originating in the 18th-century, Hygge applies to an overall sense of wellness. A happier life, one might say, evoked through decor in the form of a cosy, sanctuary-style home. The best interior designers are already clued up on the ins and outs of the phenomenon and regularly take influence from the trend to create inviting homes. We’ve compiled this concise guide to share Hygge secrets with design beginners. Enjoy!
In the Bedroom
If Hygge is all about encouraging a restful mind and body, then there’s no better place to start than the bedroom. Hygge itself recommends spending more time in bed, whether on a sleepy Sunday morning or curling up with a book on a cold winter’s evening. It’s up to you, but just make sure you add plenty of layers: quilts, blankets and pillows in abundance are requirements for creating a relaxing ambience. And here’s an added tip too: If you truly want your bedroom to conjure up a state of bliss, you really need to set the tone. This means no iPads, no televisions, no laptops and no clutter. Embrace Hygge even further by investing in clever storage solutions. Your rejuvenated self will thank you for it!
Speaking of rejuvenation, the bathroom should radiate a spa-like experience. Say goodbye to the quick morning shower and hello to invigorating soaks in the tub. For that ‘spa at home’ feeling, all you need is a few simple accessories. After you’ve added the essential oils to your tub, simply dim the lights low, add flickering candles, play soothing music from the stereo, and sip on a healthy smoothie. The finishing touch? Make sure there are fluffy towels and robes waiting when you finally step out.
Texture really is at the heart of hygge. To get the look, utilise a combination of materials and patterns, layering soft fabrics and shaggy, fluffed up rugs – simple but effective ways to add character to any home. Given the fact that this trend is all about the art of minimalism, be sure to inject a sense of warmth by embracing natural materials; wood, leather and wool all play their part beautifully. To fully feel the effects of Hygge, the foundations to your decor should be just right – and by this we mean the colour scheme. When selecting your palette, be sure to shy away from anything too loud. Creating a calm and serene aesthetic is the aim of the game. To this end, monochrome is a firm favourite of those ever-stylish Danes.
Let There Be Light
Above all else, light is key to perfecting this vibe. Think candles artfully lit around the home, lanterns on the patio, a roaring fire in the living, and a wood-burning stove in the kitchen. Light is the pièce de résistance; no artificial option can beat the flame of a candle. White, unscented, and pure wax candles are always the way to go.
And now, your home is ready to invite friends over for drinks around the flames. After all, the Danes are nothing if not highly sociable – another lifestyle tip we don’t mind taking from them too!