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Hygge: How to implement the living trend at home
Hygge: How to implement the living trend at home

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Video: Hygge at Home in 10 Steps ☕ 2023, January
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"Hygge" describes an attitude towards life from Denmark. Here, living plays an important role. Here we explain how to make your apartment "hygienic".

Table of contents Table of contents Hygge: How to implement the living trend at home

  • Step 1: the right hygge colors
  • Step 2: wood, wood, wood
  • Step 3: choose flattering textures
  • Step 4: the right hygge light
  • Step 5: log fire
  • Step 6: invest in Scandinavian design
  • Step 7: live the Hygge well-being
  • Our book tips

Table of contents Table of contents Hygge: How to implement the living trend at home

  • Step 1: the right hygge colors
  • Step 2: wood, wood, wood
  • Step 3: choose flattering textures
  • Step 4: the right hygge light
  • Step 5: log fire
  • Step 6: invest in Scandinavian design
  • Step 7: live the Hygge well-being
  • Our book tips

Hygge is an important part of Danish culture and influences very different areas of life. However, there is no clear translation for the term - it lies somewhere between cosiness, warmth and security. Although "Hygge" does not actually come from Denmark, but has its origin in Norway, our neighbors in the north shaped the trend and inspired other countries with it. Recently there has even been a furnishing style that has developed from the Skandi style and combines its features with Japanese simplicity: living in the Japandi style.

Since 2017, the word has also been used in German Duden and even here in Germany more and more people are trying to implement the trend in their everyday life. Whether in the interior or in everyday life - Hygge is primarily intended to provide more happiness and well-being. You can find out how to do this in the following video.

How to make your apartment really hygienic? The Scandinavians have got the hang of it. What is left for them, after all, the winters are long and dark there. Lots of light, fresh colors and a dash of humor are the most important elements. A roaring log fire, hot chocolate and sitting in wool socks on the sofa.

"To this day, the Scandinavian style of living has an image that is thoroughly positive: Nordic Living is cozy, personable, natural and always very innovative, " writes Marion Hellweg, interior designer and author of "Sweet Living in Scandi Style".

This basic attitude to cosiness is called Hygge and means, among other things, "joy in the presence of calming things". No wonder that Denmark is the happiest country in the world according to the World Happiness Report. Then we won't wait any longer and get more hygge into life with the following tips:

Weißes Wohnzimmer mit farbigen Akzenten
Weißes Wohnzimmer mit farbigen Akzenten

In her half-timbered house, Daniela implemented the monochrome Scandi look: the prints on the walls and the cushions complement the main tone of white. She bought the chair from the Danish label Hay

Photo: BusseSeewald / Shanti Broeng

Step 1: the right hygge colors

White is THE basic color for the feeling of hygiene. Especially walls painted white immediately bring light, freshness and lightness into the room, making it look airier and further. Pastel colors such as rose, light blue, vanilla or mint also have this effect and can be used individually or combined with white. With blue, gray or black (monochrome look) and bright colors such as yellow, petrol, azure blue or red, accents can be cleverly set.

Wohnzimmer im Holzlook
Wohnzimmer im Holzlook

Blogger Bianca has got the hang of it: in her living room, wooden floors and furniture join white walls and conjure up a wonderfully natural look

Photo: BusseSeewald / Shanti Broeng

Step 2: wood, wood, wood

A lot of light wood is used so that the white-painted room does not appear sterile like a hospital ward. Because wood immediately ensures comfort and makes us think of a cozy wooden hut atmosphere. Perfect prerequisite for the hygge look: white walls and a light wooden floor. If you don't have it, light wooden furniture and accessories create a correspondingly cozy and timeless look.

It does not have to be the one type of wood: chair, table or cabinet can be combined with each other in the form of different materials. Hygge experts particularly recommend birch, pine, oak and ash to create a homely, friendly atmosphere. The great thing about it: old and new wooden furniture can be combined equally well with the rest of the Hygge furnishings.

Wohnzimmer mit Kuschelteppich
Wohnzimmer mit Kuschelteppich

The furnishing talent Susanne used soft cuddly accessories in her old apartment. A great contrast to this are the striking antlers from the flea market

Photo: BusseSeewald / Shanti Broeng

Step 3: choose flattering textures

Cozy and warm materials ensure a hyggelous atmosphere. Place fluffy wool carpets on the floor or as a tapestry, place soft furs, cozy pillows and cozy blankets on sofas, armchairs, chairs and benches. So that there is no boredom, colors and graphic patterns with harmonious, calm shapes and stripes are allowed. But please do not overload the room with cuddly accessories. Everything must be airy and subtle. That is why Scandinavians like to use linen and cotton for upholstery and decorative fabrics. The curtains in particular must be light and slightly transparent.

When it comes to decorative accessories, they also use natural materials such as wood, metal, branches, mosses, stones, cones and handmade items. Plastic is practically taboo in the Hygge style. Vases, bowls, mugs and plates made of earthenware, ceramics and porcelain are also perfect for the special Skandi style.

Kerzen in weißem Raum
Kerzen in weißem Raum

Candles conjure up warm, natural light. They stand out particularly well in holders and stands

Photo: house doctor

Step 4: the right hygge light

In Northern Europe it is long dark in the autumn and winter months. Probably the reason why the Northern Lights prove to be real lighting experts. Despite artificial light sources, they know how to create a natural and cozy lighting mood. The most important rules for hygge lighting:

  • Avoid cold, glaring light. When buying light bulbs, pay attention to LEDs with a warm lighting effect and low wattage.
  • In Scandinavia, floodlights and ceiling lights are only switched on for a short time and for practical reasons.
  • Instead, you distribute table, wall and floor lamps in a well-dosed manner in the room, which enable indirect lighting.
  • A soft light that illuminates the living room slightly and provides cosiness is the epitome of the Hygge philosophy. This works perfectly with candles. In no way save on that, just put plenty of it everywhere and light it!
  • The icing on the cake for that hygge feeling: spend the evening with family and friends in front of the crackling fire in the freezing temperatures.
Brauner Egg Chair
Brauner Egg Chair

The Egg Chair by Fritz Hansen ensures true Scandinavian flair and offers a wonderful place to browse

Photo: Republic of Fritz Hansen

Step 5: log fire

It crackles so nicely and the cozy warmth spreads throughout the room - that's what Hygge has to feel like. A fireplace or wood stove is an absolute highlight in the cold season and invites you to linger.

Kamin
Kamin

A stove provides the ultimate hygge feeling. Especially on cold days, it becomes the center of a room and spreads pleasant warmth.

Photo: living4media / Studio Lumino

Step 6: invest in Scandinavian design

Who better to convey the feeling of hygiene than furniture and accessories made in Scandinavia? Just! Furniture manufacturers from Northern Europe are extremely popular and luckily there are more and more of them. Right at the front is, of course, Ikea. In addition, labels such as Hay, Muuto, Bloomingville, House Doctor, Nämä, Bolia, Stelton, Gubi, Iittala and Marimekko have been high-flyers in recent years.

If you want to put a real Scandinavian classic by Fritz Hansen or Finn Juhl in your house, you have to invest a lot of money, but you have a real and stable designer piece at home for your entire life. And: It is often worth taking a look at Ebay or the Pamono design platform, where classics such as the "Egg Chair" by Arne Jacobsen or Scandinavian design classics from the 1960s and 1970s can be bought more cheaply. Important when setting up in a hygge style: The room must not be too crowded, everything must appear light and airy.

Step 7: live the Hygge well-being

Hygge is not just a trend, it is a way of life. The right setup and design of the Hygge feel-good oasis is only half the battle. The Hygge philosophy of happiness must be lived. A feel-good atmosphere is created not only by furniture, but above all by friends, family and favorite people, who all gather around a huge table for dinner, with whom you hang out on the sofa and have good conversations.

In contrast, the leisure hours are celebrated alone in the cuddly sweater, with a book and a cup of coffee. No wonder that the Danes are not only the happiest people in the world, but also European champions in coffee consumption together with the Finns, Norwegians and Swedes.

Frau auf gemütlichem Sofa
Frau auf gemütlichem Sofa

In cozy socks, a soft blanket and with a good book, you can really relax in the hygge living room

Photo: Fotolia / NinaMalyna

Our book tips

Sweet living im Scandi Style
Sweet living im Scandi Style

Interior designer Marion Hellweg and photographer Shanti Broeng visited 14 interior talents for “Sweet Living in Scandi Style - Nordic living ideas for a beautiful home”. The apartments in Scandi style inspire and to implement in your own home.

Photo: BusseSeewald

Interior designer Marion Hellweg and photographer Shanti Broeng present Nordic furnished apartments.

Marion Hellweg & Shanti Broeng, "Sweet Living in Scandi Style - Nordic living ideas for a beautiful home", 160 p., € 24.95, BusseSeewald, 2017

Here you can order the book directly.

Meik Wiking is an expert in happiness research and explains how the hygge concept can find its way into our lives.

Meik Wiking, "Hygge - an attitude to life that simply makes you happy", 288 p., € 20.00, Bastei Lübbe, 2016

Here you can order the book directly.

Violetta Hoffmann editors haus.de

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