It’s that time of the year when we turn inwards for warmth, comfort and nourishment to see us through the Winter months. Spending more time inside, means our homes become an important source of comfort, warmth, hospitality and restoration, providing that indefinable quality and ambiance that the Danish call ‘Hygge’. Hygge is all about invoking a feeling or moment that is cosy, charming or ‘just right’, so it’s no surprise that it has inspired winter interior design trends for the last few years, akin to a set from Game of Thrones.
How can you create an ambiance in your home that’s high in Hygge this winter?
Here are some tips for achieving that cosy Hygge style.
Leather and metallic ambiance
Nothing says Hygge like leather – and brown, vintage leather in particular – when it comes to instantly creating an atmosphere of comfort and warmth. Don’t fancy replacing your entire lounge suite? Leather ottomans, leather and faux-hide cushions, leather-bound books and brown leather vintage suitcases are all great for bringing the warm of leather in through interior decor and smaller furnishings. This is especially true if you live in a climate that’s warm for most of the year – you can still bring the essence of winter into your home by swapping out smaller decorative elements and soft furnishings during those colder months.
When it comes to lighting, ambient, warm tungsten light from lamps rather than harsh or bright overhead lighting is essential for creating true Hygge ambiance – think vintage lamps and light shades with bronze or copper metallic finishes.
Fire, fur and candles
If you are going to introduce just one thing to your home to create a warm, cosy and nurturing winter ambiance, let it be fur! Aside from the real stuff, complements of our fur babies (feline and canine alike), faux-fur throws, rugs, chair-liners, cushion covers and even fur-lined slippers are the very essence of Hygge. Add to that, the flickering light and warmth of a hearth fire or candle flames and you are basically now living in Winterfell, only with electricity and Netflix and no-one trying to kill you – purrfection!
Starting with neutrals is key – think Scandinavian look timber floors and natural materials like blonde timbers, logs and found objects from nature such as pine cones and animal horns. Embellish with bolder highlights – charcoal or white fur throws, upholstery or bold feature walls in charcoal or stone.
1. Suede leather Scandinavian style occasional chair in taupe – for an extra element of hygge, add an off-white faux-fur throw
2. Mid century vintage style lamp in Scandinavian toned timber provides a touch of nature and warm ambient light
3. Vintage stove fireplace in dark charcoal offers a bold contrast to enclose the warm tones of the fire.
4. Large, long-pile rug in variegated neutral tones provides a warm, hygge animal skin or fur appearance.
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