The past few years the Danish concept of hygge (pronounced hewgah) has appeared in many of my design and shelter magazines. This idea, which I love, is about creating an environment that fosters well-being through coziness, ease, conviviality and candlelight. In fact, candlelight is almost a prerequisite because hygge, at its core, is defined as ‘warm glow.’
Miek Wiking, who wrote The Little Book of Hygge, says: “No recipe for hygge is complete without candles. And forget scented candles.” Though many of my clients are turning away from candles, they can achieve the same glow using battery-operated candles or low-wattage lamps.
According to ‘Hello Hygge‘ blogger Kayleigh Tanner, she suggests some of the following decor elements to help create the correct hygge ambiance:
A warm, neutral color palette
Think beige, greige, tan and warm whites. Three of my favorite warm neutral paint colors are Richmond Grey (Benjamin Moore HC-96), White Dove (Benjamin Moore OC-17) and Wool Skein (Sherman Williams 6148).
I received a gorgeous chunky knit throw as a Christmas gift. This is a prime example of how something as simple as a throw can add tremendous visual warmth and texture. Although I also love using a faux fur here & there!
Since hygge is tied to the natural world, decorate with natural elements, such as pieces of driftwood, a bouquet of fresh flowers or a bowl with colorful pebbles.
Have a well-designed day,