The Hygge trend has brought about a natural and simpler way of living.
For those of you who don’t know (where have you been for the last 12 months!?), hygge is the Danish word for “wellbeing” and is a feeling or mood which comes in taking pleasure in small normal everyday moments.
The Oxford Dictionary shortlisted hygee (pronounced ‘hue-gah’) as one of their words of the year for 2016. Hygge still remains on trend well into 2017 and it looks like it’s here to stay for the foreseeable future.
Embracing hygge means creating a warm welcoming environment; a space away from the hectic, daily stresses of working life to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, with people that you enjoy spending time with.
According to Meik Wiking, author of ‘The Little Book Of Hygge’, hygge can be defined as ‘Togetherness, relaxation, indulgence, presence and comfort. It all boils down to the pursuit of everyday happiness- the art of creating intimacy and cocoa by candlelight.’
A hygge lifestyle embraces simplistic beauty and we think that it’s important to take note of the quality of your purchases.
Oliver Heath, a sustainable architecture expert, states “The introduction of sensory contrasts and natural materials is fundamental to creating more mindful spaces. They keep you there in the moment and can help to calm and relax you in a very sensory way. These materials could be timber (for windows, doors and floor), stone for your walls as well as sheepskin, wool rugs and possibly cork for the floor.”
At Clerkenwell Design week, our trend team saw the use of natural woods across many applications and stand-alone statement design pieces.
Natural wood is a perfect addition to a room in order to create a hygge feeling.
Here, lighting was incorporated in an unusual way to enhance texture and create something completely unique.
The trend is about crafting an interior that is refreshing and simple, mindful and comforting.
According to Wood Window Alliance, “As our lives get ever faster, the need to unwind becomes greater. Where once relaxation meant a visit to the pub, or out for dinner with friends, today our homes take pole position when it comes to the best place to relax, reboot and chill out with friends.”
Their Windows on the World report incorporates Heath’s Top Tips for Happy Homes, in which he states: “Natural light is fundamental to our levels of energy and our ability to sleep. It may be about making sure you position furniture next to windows, so that you can sit on the furniture and have a higher level of natural light and greater opportunity to look out onto an external space. Make sure you look out onto a space that has greenery. Greenery and nature have been proven to be very good at helping you to restore your mental and physical cognitive energy very quickly.”
Our timber bi-folding doorset is a perfect way to increase the amount of natural light into a home. It adds a natural element to any space.
Hygge is ultimately about being mindful of the simple things in life that bring about joy and happiness. In terms of a hygge interior, it’s important to consider buying great quality, authentic and functional pieces of furniture for your home.
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