HOW TO HYGGE

First things first, hygge is actually pronounced hue-guh and is the latest Scandi interior design trend that you need to know about!

Actually, hygge is far more than just a trend. The Danish concept is more of a mood or a feeling rather than a ‘thing’ or something tangible and has long been a vital aspect of Scandinavian culture. Hygge is a way of life and consciousness, not just a style.

The best translation to English is ‘cosiness’ . . . think of it being a feeling of comfort and ‘contentness’ in any given moment by recognising and enjoying the present.

So how do you bring a bit a Hygge into your home?

  Introduce layers of textures  via  Elizabeth Stanley Design

Introduce layers of textures via Elizabeth Stanley Design

Hygge was created by the Danes to survive the relentless cold, dark days.

A favourite approach of mine is to layer rugs. Start with an oversized natural woven jute (bonus: they are very cost effective!) and layer on top a delicate silk. The key here is contrasting textures.

  Create a sanctuary with much-loved  CULTIVER  linens

Create a sanctuary with much-loved CULTIVER linens

Indulge in lazy Sundays with breakfast in bed. Don’t be afraid to mix and match colours and sets, it’s oh so Scandi to have a muted, tonal palette.

  Sit back and relax in the classic  ‘Thonet Bentwood B9 Le Corbusier’  chairs

Sit back and relax in the classic ‘Thonet Bentwood B9 Le Corbusier’ chairs

‘The Danes see both the domestic and personal life as an art form and not every drudgery to get away from.’ Alex Beauchamp, Hygge House.

There is a reason these are the most popular chairs used in cafes and restaurants around the world! The rattan seat in contrasting natural tone adds softness, character and interest.

  Cocoon your walls in the stunning patterned wallpaper created by  Apparatus Studio  for Zak + Fox

Cocoon your walls in the stunning patterned wallpaper created by Apparatus Studio for Zak + Fox

Hygge is also often referred to as an ‘art of creating intimacy’ and this ‘Strata Study’ wallpaper design is wonderfully organic and will inject warmth and luxe into any space.

  Create simple rituals such as sipping your tea slowly out of these gorgeous ‘Gem Cups’ by Australian ceramicist  Milly Dent  .

Create simple rituals such as sipping your tea slowly out of these gorgeous ‘Gem Cups’ by Australian ceramicist Milly Dent.

The unexpected deep indigo organic brushstrokes inside these ceramics are simply divine and will add even more charm to your leisurely downtime and warmth to your soul, whether you are drinking tea alone in the morning or with friends in the afternoon.

So slow down and let the cosy in.