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.
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.
Tips for 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.
Stay in bed
In the dark winter mornings, there’s nothing more appealing that spending an extra hour in bed. Hygge actually encourages this concept! Whether it’s enjoying a leisurely breakfast in bed, or treating yourself to a lay-in, creating a cosy space to snuggle up and relax is key to Hygge.
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.
Electric Roller Blinds
While Hygge is practiced all year round, it’s particularly pertinent during the Winter months when daylight is at it’s most infrequent. It’s important to have a window dressing that allows you to make the most of the sunshine and daylight when it does occur, and Electric Roller Blinds are the ideal solution for total light control.
Providing full coverage, with the ability to manage daylight quickly and easily, Electric Roller Blinds are available in a wide variety of styles, colours and metal finishes to properly complement your decor while shutting out the dark, wintry weather and ensuring everyone gets a good night’s sleep. We would suggest choosing natural, neutral colours in tones of your colour palette for maximum Hygge.
Tidmarsh offer a wide range of motorised blinds that operate smoothly, while providing the luxury of not needing to be near the window or in the same room to operate your blinds. This can be done with the remote control or wall switch; and that’s great for hard to reach windows, and for adding an extra touch of Hygge in your life.
Airy venetian blinds are another great way to maximise the amount of light reaching a room. Easily controllable, the height, angle and tilt of the blind allow the user to adjust settings to get the most from the wintery daylight outside. Tidmarsh offer a range of venetian blinds in different natural textures and materials, including Wood and Leather.
Tough, natural and warm, the Tidmarsh designer range of wood Venetian blinds are hand built and finished, manufactured from the finest hard-wearing, tight grained woods and ecologically approved. The Timbercraft collection offers 36 finishes; including an elegant range of wood grain finishes, painted styles, and elite range of high gloss finishes, all using natural basswood. For a slightly different appearance there are five wood grain finishes made from eco-friendly bamboo. Every finish complements the natural beauty of the wooden tones, and are perfect for the natural aspect of the hyggelig lifestyle.
Tidmarsh are now offering custom made, bespoke Leather blinds. We use only the highest quality hides for our Leather Venetians, as well as offering a range of exquisitely produced faux leathers, in a variety of different textures. The perfect answer to a Hygge window covering, leathers can be selected and sourced for your exact colour and texture requirements, complementing your interior themes and making them the perfect addition to any room.
Another option is to opt for heavy, lined curtains in a luxurious fabric. Tidmarsh offer a range of curtains, custom made to fit your window. They can be lined and interlined to give a warmth and fullness to the curtains; we also offer blackout lining for bedrooms to create a nice dark room for optimal sleeping and snuggling conditions – perfect for creating a Hygge environment.
The curtains are available in a wide range of colours and fabrics, offering the opportunity to integrate the window coverings with your neutral colour scheme. The curtains are also available in standard manual functionality, or electrically operated or integrated within a Lutron System for an extra touch of Hygge comfort. As you can see, we can use window coverings to embrace Hygge and appreciate the simple things that bring joy to your life. Our expert team can help you with answering 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.