Searches for hygge, the Danish and Norwegian word have grown a vast amount over the last few years. The word describes a warm fuzzy feeling of being cosy and comfortable, so why wouldn’t you want to incorporate this into your interior? Hygge in interior is all about creating a space and atmosphere that you can relax and unwind in - think natural materials, like industrial lighting, that emit the Nordic vibe. Read on to discover why hygge has become so popular and all the tips you’ll need to achieve the trend in your home!
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Banish the Winter Blues
Denmark is named as one of the happiest countries in the world, known for their positive wellbeing, instead of being saddened by their harsh winters, Danish people embrace the indoors by cosying up their home interiors. It all comes down to creating a warm and welcoming space that you can feel restful and at peace in, forgetting about what is happening outside of the four walls.
Tips on How to Achieve the Hygge Trend
1. Add Texture
Textures in interior design are essential as they create layers and add an eye-catching splash. Thinking about being cosy and warm, the first thing that springs to mind is soft and plush textures such as fur rugs, chunky knitted throws and woven rugs. The simplest way to combine textures is by incorporating raw materials into your home, exposing elements you may have tried to conceal in the past, such as wooden floorboards and exposed brick walls. The cosiest metal, copper, brings a snug and warm feeling to a space; therefore, a copper pendant is a perfect addition to a hygge inspired abode.
Old Factory Slotted Pendant – 15 Inch – Copper, £99, by Industville (Image supplied by @kylamagrathinteriors)
2. Embrace Greenery
Bring the outdoors in and add some greenery into your décor; plants can work wonders in the home by brightening up and giving your space a refresh. Adding in either artificial or real plants is an easy way to add a breath of fresh air into your interior. Plants are aesthetically pleasing and help to enhance the cosy vibe that the hygge trend is trying to emit. Living houseplants also have the benefits of purifying air, contributing to simpler breathing and improving health, therefore adding to the living well aspect that Nordics radiate.
3. Think Small
You don’t need to go overboard with your interior; adding simple additions to your home has the ability to make it more hyggeligt. By popping in a few candles, investing in a piece of wall art that is meaningful or choosing sleek lights are some of the simplest ways to create a cosy and comfortable interior that uplifts your mood instantly. The hygge trend isn’t one size fits all but is rather about creating an interior that is unique and inspiring to you as an individual.
There is no need to incorporate every interior aspect that relates to hygge - Danes aren’t about lavish and extravagant interior but rather the idea with this trend is to create a welcoming, simple and clean home, free of clutter. Cage lights create a simple look that is bursting with character, that when combined with a light and dark combo, give the ultimate Nordic vibe!
Brooklyn Rusty Cage Pendant – 5 Inch – Cylinder, £39, by Industville (Image supplied by @kylamagrathinteriors)
Stools are the most versatile form of chair, they can be easily moved around and look aesthetically pleasing! Our hand-stitched leather and wooden stools are both beautiful and comfortable, and fully embrace natural materials.
Copper Leather & Metal Adjustable Bar Stool – 34 Inch, £139, by Industville (Image supplied by @newbuilttohome)
4. Focus on Natural Materials
Danish homes are full of natural materials that reflect the outdoors; exposed brick walls, uncovered wooden floorboards and stacked layers of chopped logs ready to throw into an open fire. All of our products here at Industville are made from natural materials and pair incredibly well with all raw textures.
Brooklyn Dome Pendant – 13 Inch – Brass, £69, by Industville (Image supplied by KazWilliamDesigns_Rudecafe_Morzine)
Just like combining textures, a good way to tap into the hygge trend is by mixing and matching different products together to create a room full of character that is unique to you. But remember to keep it simplistic! All of our suspended lights come with a coloured fabric flex cable, keeping in with natural colour scheme.
5. Cosy up your Bathroom
One of the rooms of the house which invites you to relax, reflect and switch off - the bathroom is a room that welcomes rejuvenation. Lighting is a key aspect when it comes to bathroom interior; you don’t want harsh, bright lights but rather dim and elegant lighting that invites you to relax and unwind. The hygge trend is about creating clean and clutter-free spaces, so be sure to incorporate storage spaces in your bathroom. If you need some bright ideas about how to organise your bathroom storage, you can read our 50 small bathroom ideas that increase space here!
Sleek Edison Wall Light – Pewter, £29, by Industville (Image supplied by @americansanno8)
6. Build a Snug Area
It can be hard to switch off at the end of a long day, so building a snug and cosy area in your home can be used for shutting off and completely relaxing - the Danish call these snug little areas ‘hyggerkrogs’. Find a quiet spot or corner in your home, including plenty of layers and textures along with pillows, plants, blankets and of course, industrial lights to create a safe haven to enjoy.
Brooklyn Cone Wall Light – 7 Inch – Brass, £79, by Industville (Image supplied by @Archer.t.j)
If you don’t have enough room to build a snug in your abode, incorporate cosy accessories into your bedroom; such as fluffy pillows, comfy throws and candles. Integrate dimmable glass wall lights either side of the bed to brighten up the room and enable you to create a tranquil atmosphere.
7. Incorporate Artwork
Art brings character to a space, investing in one or two pieces that are personal to you will add some depth and charm to your home. When combined with vintage-style bulbs, helps to soften the atmosphere and create an even cosier feel!
8. Bring the Inside Out
The popular trend isn’t just for winter; it’s a trend to evoke all year round, making the most of your free time and enjoying every second. Hygge is about connecting with nature, which explains why incorporating plants and natural materials in the home is key. Add a fire pit, BBQ and dining area to your garden to make the most of the crisp, fresh air. Spending time outside isn’t just for spring and summer - we have a stylish outdoor range that will light up your garden all year round!
Bulkhead Outdoor & Bathroom Sconce Wall Light – 12 Inch – Black, £79, by Industville (Image supplied by @apairandaspade, Geneva Vanderzeil, Brisbane, Queenslands, Australia)
Instead of feeling blue about the colder months, embrace them and create a hygge interior and exterior! Hygge will mean something different to everyone, with people associating comfort, cosiness and relaxation in a number of ways. If you need any other tips on how to create a peaceful and welcoming interior or need some inspiration, you can read our blog about cosy interiors here. We look forward to seeing how you incorporate the trend into your interior, don’t forget to tag us on Instagram (@Industville) or by using the hashtag #Industville.