Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is not just a trend, but a Danish concept that represents the idea of creating happiness and cosiness by decorating living rooms and other spaces so that simple, everyday moments become special. It is perhaps one of the best secrets of interior design and living ever. Hygge represents a state of mind and décor where you are present and fill your home with furniture and objects that not only make colours and shapes harmonise, but also create a peaceful, happy environment and remind you of family and friends. The idea behind hygge is that someone who enters your home immediately gets the feeling: "I would love to live here". Furniture designer Morten Georgsen explains it perfectly: "We Danes love the state of mind - hygge - because it is peaceful, friendly and a wonderful stress reliever. Perhaps that's one of the reasons why Danes are voted the happiest people in the world year after year."
1. Cozy up your space with lighting
Dimmed lighting, fairy lights, and candles are always found in a home full of hygge. Lighting sets
your mood so choose something that you absolutely love. Try placing floor lamp next to your reading chair, fix a directional wall light next to your sofa, or light some candles around your home.
2. Bring Nature into your Home
Choose natural materials and bring some greenery throughout your house. Beautiful fig or eucalyptus tree branch, wooden dining table, natural stone surfaces or maximised windows – all these elements will bring a sense of nature to your home and will make you calm and more rested.
3. Add soft cushions and large knotted blankets
There is something so comforting about snuggling up on the comfortable sofa with a big soft blanket draped over you. Blankets and pillows provide comfort to any space in your home. Using soft textures like cashmere will also help you create a sensation of hug.
4. Stick with a neutral colour scheme
Let’s be honest, as much as we love it, colour can be very distracting. To achieve hyggelig décor, keep everything in a neutral colour palette. It will create a streamlined feel throughout.
5. The Essential: Make a Fire
In Danish culture, friends and family love gathering around the fireplace when spending time together. This hygge experience represents warmth and togetherness and makes any home feel cozy and welcoming. This also ties back into our first point of lighting. Having layers of light, such as candles, fairy lights, and fire will bring the heartwarming feeling that the Danes cherish so much in their own homes. You can also find out about the advantages of working with a professional interior designer.
Get the look
- Pendant Light, PH Artichoke, from Zingg Lamprecht
- Throw, from Bloomingville
- Armchair, Cloud, from &tradition
- Floor Lamp, Bestitle, from Gubi
- Coffee Table, Grow Table, from Normann Copenhagen
- Electric Fireplace, from Attika
- Basket, from Bloomingville
- Rug, from Bolia
To create your own personal living ambience, it is worth exploring different furnishing styles in more detail and discovering your own preferences in the process.