What is Hygge?

hygge

Excuse me? What now?

Hygge. Is it a make of toaster? A new car design?

So what is Hygge?

 First off, just so you don’t embarrass yourself at a dinner party, it is pronounced hoo-gah, which I know doesn’t help very much. You have to channel your inner Viking to be able to say it authentically.

'Hygge' is Scandinavian lifestyle concept, described as “a feeling of comfort and contentment, as well as indulging in all the good things and people in your life”. Hygge was originally a Norwegian term for wellbeing.

Think cosy, dark nights huddled under warm knitted blankets, reading your favourite book by the light of a roaring fire, your children sat playing on a soft, faux sheepskin rug, while the other people in your life contentedly sip hot chocolate and gaze at the snow falling outside the window.

 Photo credit: Newyorker.com

Photo credit: Newyorker.com

Not just limited to the winter months, Hygge is concept that can be adhered to during the summer months too as you gaze contentedly at the sun streaming through the windows.

 Photo credit: Life is a party

Photo credit: Life is a party

 

Hygge living is in essence a feeling created by your surroundings and is something that I encourage all my clients to do in every design choice they make.

 

So how do we incorporate Hygge into our interior design?

Rather than being a specific style, Hygge is a feeling. But seeing as it originated from Scandinavia, Scandinavian design has become synonymous with Hygge over the past few years.

 Photo credit: Design Hunter

Photo credit: Design Hunter

 

Soft lighting and lots of different, soft textures on pillows, throws and rugs are central to creating the Hygge feeling.  You want to create that feeling of opulent comfort and create a space that feels cosy, friendly and welcoming. Somewhere you can truly relax.

Light colours, soft textured and natural woods encompass the felling of Hygge in interior design. Taking inspiration from Scandinavian design means that Hygge interiors are often painted in pale, neutral tones that compliment natural materials and wood.

 Photo credit: Amara

Photo credit: Amara

This living room is Hygge interior design at it’s best. The wood panels and the wool carpet give the room that cosy, Scandinavian feel while the fireplace throws out a feeling of warmth even from the photograph.  A sofa that you can sink into covered with throws and soft cushions makes this room an absolute dream for relaxing in.

 photo credit: Rockmystyle.com

photo credit: Rockmystyle.com

This room is a fantastic take on Hygge for a more modern room. The soft lighting is created by fairy light and the artwork and ornaments are clean and minimal. Again, the huge, sink in sofa is central to the scheme.

 Photo credit: Nyde

Photo credit: Nyde

Candles can be used to create soft, warm and inviting lighting for your room. Think about choosing candle holders which match in to your design scheme and help to throw the soft light around the room.

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Photo credit: BHG.com

This bedroom perfectly encapsulates the feeling of Hygge. Warm wood and opulent, soft bedding make this minimal room somewhere you would love to curl up and relax on a cold evening.

 Phot credit: House Beautiful

Phot credit: House Beautiful

Now, it wouldn't be a Blue Feather blog, without some colour would it? My perfect Hygge room would look like this, full of books, a comfy sofa to read them in and plenty of room to fall asleep, even if the kids decide to climb on me!

What ever your take on Hygge, remember that it is easy if you follow your instincts on what feels comfortable, beautiful and practical for you. The downside is now my daughter refuses to tidy her room, claiming its Hygge!! Don't say I didn't warn you!