Difficult to describe, and even trickier to pronounce, hygge (pronounced ‘hue-gah'’) is a Danish concept that is taking the world by storm this season. There is no direct translation, as hygge is more than just a style, it’s a mindset, focused around enjoying life’s simple pleasures.
In the world of interior design, hygge is all about comfort and cosiness, warmth and well-being; and Christmas is high season! To bring hygge into your home, it’s as simple as engaging the senses, and stimulating them with things that make us feel happy and festive…
When you think about festive interiors, texture immediately springs to mind. Incorporate rich and cosy fabrics and textures that will encourage touching and feeling. Faux fur, chunky knits, and cashmere are all associated with hygge. Try layering different textiles for an on-trend, styled look.
Featured floor: LooseLay Longboard – Reclaimed Heart Pine (LLP305)
Candlelight can transform the ambience of a space with its warming glow and to really enhance the hygge, opt for scented. Pumpkin spice and cinnamon are always very popular at this time of year – instantly suggesting festivity and happiness. Danish brand Skandinavisk have even formulated a ‘Hygge candle’ – which mixes brewed tea, baked strawberry cake, rose petals and wild mint scents for the ultimate hygge experience.
Image source: Skandinavisk.com
Although hygge is a very Scandinavian trend, it puts a cosy twist on the clean-lined, stark, Scandi style. Try and incorporate rich warm colours into your space in order to engage the eye. Warmth is easy to incorporate into your space through flooring; you can browse our range by tone. Opt for walnut, warm oak and acacia effect planks, for on-trend looks.
Featured floor: Van Gogh – Classic Oak (VGW86T)
Hospitality is VERY hygge and one of the first questions you’ll be asked when entering a Danish household is ‘Can I get you something to eat or drink? We have…’. Mix true hygge spirit with the seasonal festivities and opt for a luxurious hot chocolate and enjoy your company in your cosy hygge inspired space.
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Finally, think about sound. A crackling fire encourages feelings of comfort and warmth, so if you have an open fire, now is the time to put it to use! You could even make use of an outdoor space, with a fire pit, lots of blankets and warm drinks. If you haven’t got access to an open fire, try appealing to the ear with music. Decide on the type of ambience you want to create (laid back, lively, calming) and select a festive playlist to reflect your desired mood.
Featured floor: Knight Tile – Pale Limed Oak (KP94)
Feeling inspired? See more of our hygge inspired flooring designs here or view our Hygge at Home Pinterest board for more ideas…and don’t forget to share your images with us on Twitter or Instagram, using #KarndeanHygge.