How To Snuggle Up With Danish Hygge, the Cosiest Interior Trend

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If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of Hygge yet, it’s time to brush up on your interior trends and get involved.

This Danish concept (pronounced hoo-ga) is all about making your home super cosy and inviting – think votive candles, plenty of fairy lights, decorative lamps, and comfy nooks to snuggle up in. Is it any wonder the Danes are ranked the happiest people in the world?

The Right Lighting Is Crucial



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The strategic placement of lamps is considered an art form when creating a welcoming environment, so make sure you consider the best spots to illuminate in your home. As a general rule, several small lamps are far better than one main light source in terms of ambient lighting. Pendant lighting is great, too, and you can’t go wrong with the flattering golden glow of candles.

You’ll Need To Create a Nook



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Danish people take great pride in their Hyggekrog, the cosy spot in their home where they can completely switch off and relax. It could be a window seat covered with cushions, a comfy armchair by the fireplace or even a favourite room in the house decked out with the right lighting, comfy blankets and plenty of pillows. 

The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way To Live Well by Meik Wiking also talks about the importance of keeping a 'Hygge Emergency Kit' in your nook so you’re always equipped for a blissful night in. Store organic candles, your favourite blend of tea, a really good book, your favourite boxset, some beautiful stationary and, of course, a cosy blanket in a vintage suitcase so you’re always hygge-ready. We’re liking this trend more and more by the minute.

Wooden Home Accessories Are Essential

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If you want to give your home a hygge makeover, you’re going to need plenty of wood to get the job done. And it’s not just about furniture. Wiking says it could be, 'The smell of burning wood from a fireplace, or even a match, the smooth feeling of a wooden bureau… A seat in the wooden chair by the window.' Even wooden children’s toys have become popular again.

Continue the natural theme with finishing touches, such as sheepskin rugs and dried leaves, nuts and twigs for an indoor forest vibe. 

It’s Time To Start Hunting for Antiques



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Vintage items play an important role in Danish homes. And if you have a good eye and the patience to sift through vintage items, you can find gems to add a unique touch to your interior. It doesn’t matter whether it’s an old lamp, a side table or a vintage armchair, it’s all about finding items that you’re going to love.

It’s a Lifestyle



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Hygge is much more than just decorating your home and designing your space, it’s really a kind of philosophy. For example, drinking coffee and eating cake is actively encouraged – it's recommended by the Danish Happiness Research Institute so who are we to argue? Pick up a coffee machine or a cafetiere, grab your favourite mug and start brewing. 

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