This time of year, with the dark evenings and cold temperatures, it’s important to get as cosy and snug as possible. What better way to welcome the Winter than by embracing the practice of Hygge! Pronounced “hue-guh”, Hygge is a Danish word used to acknowledge a feeling or moment as cosy, charming, or special. There’s no direct English translation, but it’s a feeling of cosy contentment and well-being obtained through enjoying the simple things in life. Hygge has been a key part of Danish culture since the early 1800s, and is considered by the Danes to be a defining feature of their cultural identity. It’s particularly relevant to us Brits during the colder months of the year, but we can take aspects from it all year round, too!
Hygge is about appreciating the simple things that bring joy to your life, the very art of creating intimacy. This is one very reason that the Danish people are one of the happiest people in the World! It’s no surprise, then, that the concept of Hygge also visually embodied in Danish decor – very simply, a cosy, candle-lit home that’s peaceful, simple, free of clutter, and perfect for sharing with family and friends. This makes the living room a perfect starting point, so let’s take a look at some Hygge inspiration.
Hygge Living Rooms
Textures, Textures, Textures
First and foremost, adding and combining different textures is the easiest way to increase your living room’s cosiness. A variety of feels, from chunky-knit throws to soft cushion covers, will transform your sofa into a snuggle-friendly heaven, while woollen rugs will feel cosy under your feet and give an added feeling of Hygge. Choosing sofas and chairs in a tactile fabric, such as leather or velvet, will give your room a more sumptuous feel.
Stoke the Fire
The main focal point of a living room or lounge in a traditional home is often a fireplace, which is the ultimate is cosy and comfort. If your room has a fireplace, emphasize this by positioning your furniture to face towards it. If your room doesn’t, position your chairs and sofas to face each other, creating a more sociable, inviting and comfortable layout. Either way, make sure you light as many candles as you can; candles are the most fundamental part of creating a hyggelig atmosphere at home
Keep Warm and Snug
It’s important to create a Hygge haven in your home by keeping warm. For absolute cosiness, especially in Winter, it’s essential to ensure that your living room is well insulated and not draughty. Warm air enters and leaves your home by conduction through the walls, floor, roof and, most importantly, the windows. It’s also transferred from homes by convection, through gaps in doors and windows. A typical house loses 10% of its heat through the windows, but this can be as high as 25%. This is a hugely contributing factor to heating and energy bills, and this is why it’s imperative to address and prevent this heating loss by using the appropriate window coverings.
Installing the right kind of blinds on your windows and doors will help the heat escaping from your home through conduction. A tight window dressing, like a blind, when installed properly can create an efficient barrier between the window and the inside air, effectively trapping the heat inside the room. Blinds act as an additional insulating layer at your window, helping stop cold draughts getting inside, while preventing the room’s heat from escaping outdoors. This means you can keep warmer using less energy – and costing less money.
Older properties with exposed floorboards can also be particularly draughty from below. Make sure to take advantage of cosy furnishings for the wintertime! Thick carpets, rugs and soft cushions provide warmth and have insulating ability, to help raise the temperature of your home. For more advice and information about keeping your house warm, stay tuned for a helpful post on reducing your energy bills using window coverings.
Tips for creating a Hygge Home
Keep it clear and simple
The Danes aren’t a people for loud colours or cluttered embellishment. The idea is to create a calm, serene space that provides you with simple contentment. Colour schemes are often purely monochrome, or a subtle mix of balanced tonal shades.
Light more candles
Candles are considered to be the most fundamental part of creating a hyggelig atmosphere at home. Replacing harsh lighting with candles to create a cosy refuge away from dark winter evenings is a key part of hygge.
The Danes actually burn 13 pounds of candle wax a year each! That’s more than any other country in the world.
It’s important to create a Hygge haven in your home by adding texture to your palette. With the minimal colour scheme that the Danes embrace, adding texture through a mixture of materials, patterns and tones is a great way to add character and personality. Warm, natural materials like wood, leather and wool, used in a tightly neutral colour palette, add texture without adding clutter. Chunky knit cushions, faux fur throws, and fluffy sheepskin rugs are a great way to add texture.
Window dressing the Hygge way
There are many products available and suitable for dressing your windows in order to embrace the hyggelig lifestyle. Our expert team can talk you through these points, answer any questions you have, and recommend you the right product that will give you the solution to your needs. Be sure to get in touch now for a free, bespoke quote.