Pronounced “hoo-guh,” hygge is a Danish term defined as “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.” It derives from a sixteenth-century Norwegian term, hugga, meaning “to comfort” or “to console,” which is related to the English word “hug.”
Hygge refers to a Danish state of mind that helps them make the best of their long unbearable winters. To evoke hygge, they light in candles, throw in rugs and throws, invite friends over, bake cookies and sit around fireplaces.
This concept of Scandinavian coziness has already made inroads with international audiences, and is amongst Pinterest’s top 10 décor trends of 2017.
Here’s how you can experience Hygge in your home with Home Artisan:
1. Display Your Treasured Memories
Hygge is all about surrounding yourself with things that make you happy, and memories are a big part of that. Surround yourself with your happy memories by displaying them in photo frames. Add a cluster of our Minimal photo frames on a wall to create a wall gallery, or put our geometric ones on console tables, dressers or side tables, and let your memories envelope you!
2. Light-up Some Candles (Actually, Lots of Candles!)
Candles are an integral part of hygge as the Danes love lighting candles as soon as the sun goes down. Candles create a warm and inviting atmosphere that’s perfect for relaxing as well as socializing. Go for vibrant colours such as red or copper gold (another one of Pinterest’s top décor trends) that look stunning whether lit or not.
There’s nothing more heavenly than spending a few more hours in bed. Fortunately, hygge encourages this concept, whether it is having breakfast in bed or just lazing around to escape the cold. Create an indulgent space to relax with luxury linen layered with quilts, throws and cushions. Use dark coloured bed sheets (such as our Theo Navy Blue Bed Sheet) to make your room cozy.
There is nothing that leads to more contentment than enjoying a good meal with your loved ones in a relaxed environment. Organize informal get-togethers and entertain with good wine and hearty food in artisanal or natural dinnerware.
5. Ditch the Lights and Light-up Some Lanterns and Candle Holders
The Danes keep their homes lit with soft lighting in order to dispel the gloom of grey skies and add an element of warmth to their homes. Lanterns with a few candles inside them create sufficient lighting and create a beckoning ambience. Mix and match a few different sizes, and add a few candle holders – it doesn’t get any more hygge than this. Explore our lanterns and candle holders. You can’t go wrong, they’re all gorgeous!