Shorter days, dark commutes and the steady march towards the festive period make most of us hanker for the comfort and cosiness of our homes. The Danish concept of hygge which burst onto the UK lifestyle scene a couple of years ago (and shows no sign of going anywhere) has adopted this sense of cosy wellbeing at its very core. Whether peacefully snuggled up in a reading nook or delighting in fun family time with a hot chocolate on the sofa watching Netflix, the autumn and winter months are the perfect seasons to bring a spot of hygge into your home décor.
Textures and Colours
It’s easy to transform your interior into a hygge paradise – think warming and textured blankets, throws and cushion covers for beds and chairs, fluffy rugs for the floor and tea lights-galore to create the most ambient of lighting. All these elements will bring both a visual and actual warmth to your home. Natural earthy colours are well suited to this lifestyle trend; rich tones of browns, greens & oranges bring the outdoors inside and are the perfect accompaniment to Hartleys’ wood-grain finished bespoke furniture.
Embracing hygge in your sleep space will create a feeling of cosiness and relaxation – the perfect way to prepare for a good night’s sleep. A light oak dressing table bathed in candlelight or a beech wardrobe run fitted with an over panel for subdued spot lighting, will create a snug and comforting bedroom. Together with a chunky knit merino wool throw and a sheepskin or faux fur rug, you’ll be in hygge heaven!
For social spaces, darker shades of walnut or tobacco bring depth & warmth to your room, the perfect partners to an aromatic log fire & twinkling Christmas tree lights. Bespoke – fitted or freestanding- Tv units, sideboards, book cases & cupboards are finished in a wood-grain of your choice, fashioned to slot seamlessly into position to maximise your storage options & use of space. And if you’re more a fan of light coloured furniture, wood grains of birch or light beech will create more of a contemporary Scandi appeal.
For capturing the hygge vibe as you decorate your home for Christmas, think rustic and artisan. Decorations made from natural materials & subtle white fairy lights for an atmospheric glow set the perfect tone. Cinnamon sticks, holly wreaths & garlands interspersed with LED tea lights, pine cones & dried fruits all create a natural & organic relaxing intimacy for a comfortable and comforting home. And staying with the organic theme for the festivities, read Real Homes magazine for eco-friendly Christmas tips as well as planet-friendly and fair-trade gifts for all your family and friends.
If you’d like guidance or advice on creating a comfortable and stylish furniture solution for your home, a Hartleys designer will be delighted to visit you or, of course, you are very welcome to visit our Yorkshire showroom in Skipton. Happy Hygge-ing!