Hygge

The comfortable Danish lifestyle concept that has hit the mainstream

What is hygge?

Hygge is the Danish lifestyle trend that has gone global. Pronounced ‘hue-gah’ there is no literal English dictionary definition. Instead, this is a lifestyle concept translated as a feeling of comfort and contentment in the present, by enjoying the simple pleasures in life.

Danish people are renowned as being some of the happiest people in the world. Hygge embraces this outlook by indulging in the good things and people in your life, with the ability to recognise and enjoy the present. The international explosion has extended to the interiors world, with everyone wanting to get cosy.

Lene Bjerre accessories in winter living room with faux fur throw and grey

How can you bring Hygge into your home?

Danish people created the feeling of Hygge to combat long, cold dark nights with a way of finding charming moments to celebrate the day, month or even year. Embracing the trend into interior styling it is important to remember that the look isn’t shabby chic, it is modern and minimalist whilst retaining a firm hold on tradition.

How can I achieve Hygge lighting?

As a general rule, lighting can instantly add to the ambience of a room. Never has this been more apparent than with the Hygge interior styling trend. The simple act of a glowing candle with a glass of wine in the evening is an example of Hygge and enjoying a perfect moment. By keeping lighting low you can create a warm and intimate environment to enjoy time with friends and family.

What about colour?

Embrace the Nordic lifestyle concept in your home with a neutral colour palette. White and grey gave calming effects whilst keeping things fresh and simple. If you are adding a touch of colour, pale pink or blue will compliment these. Hygge isn’t elaborate or over embellished, so stay away from bold colour schemes.

And textures?

Varying textures amongst your fabrics. Bring Hygge into your home by layering texture amongst your soft furnishings. Add new cushions, a textured rug or faux fur throw to instantly transform the room into a warm and welcoming hygge habitat.

Hygee moodboard with fur marble and neutral palette

Where else can Hygge be found?

It’s the time of year when you want to be wrapped up inside, cosy and warm. But Hygge can also be experienced outside of the home. The vast popularity of Hygge extends to restaurant interiors which boast intimate settings created by simple décor. The clean, fresh colour palette and simplistic style translates into a warm and welcoming environment for diners.

Neals yard skandi restaurant 26 grains store front

Get the Look

Munna Cutie armchair with cream faux fur fabric and gold legs
Ginger and Jagger marble wall light with gold pearl centre piece
Baobab gold candle
Zinc flurry cushion
Hygge gift guide

Products shown

Zinc Textile Marbleous Cushion Dusk

Munna Josephine Armchair

Wingfield Digby White Goose Feather Photo Frame

Baobab Collection Electrum Kheops Max 24 candle

Zinc Textile Rex Throw

Cole and Son Fornasetti Murals Nuvole (265cm X 270cm)

Heathfield & Co Mazu Table Lamp

Zinc Textile Lio Cushion Graphite