Were you one of the many people enamoured with the hygge trend in 2016? This Danish word can be translated in a variety of ways – taking pleasure in making ordinary, everyday moments more beautiful, for example, or embracing a sense of wellbeing. And in interior design, it’s about channeling cosiness, through soft lighting, natural materials, and layers of texture and fabric. So surely there is no kind of property that lends itself more perfectly to the hygge trend that an English Oak building. There is an instant charm to oak beams that channel a more traditional time of architecture, as well as the opportunity to create your very own contemporary farm-house feel. On top of that, the oak of your home will grow and change over the time you live there as the house settles into itself, and the colours alter every so slightly. It creates a sensation of really living within your home. Add to this some squishy armchairs, a roaring fire, and soft fluffy throws, and you’ve got a hygge-inspired room that would make any Scandi interior designer proud. So here’s a few of our tips for the perfect hygge environment:
Candles and fireplaces:
The key to any happy-hygge-home is soft, glowing lighting, achieved through flickering flames. A fireplace is naturally ideal for this – not only does it give the sense of warmth and awaken that primal feeling that we’re safe and protected, but it also casts an orange glow over the room, plunging corners into shadow and therefore emphasising our feeling of cosiness even more. We often see customers keen to include a fireplace into their self-build plans – it works so well with the farmhouse feel that an oak property can create.
However, if a fireplace isn’t an option then you can still recreate a similar environment with the use of candles dotted around the room. A cluster of church candles in a decorative grate can look fabulous, or tea lights placed along shelves or on tables. And now you can even get specially created Hygge-scented candles by Skandinavisk – just head to trouva.com.
Rugs and soft furnishings:
When embracing ‘hygge’, it’s essential to embrace a variety of textures and furnishings. Because the main point of the concept is to feel comfortable, this means squishy pillows, soft cushions, and furry blankets. Rugs give tiled floors a cosy warmth, while throws on sofas are just begging to be nestled into. Layering up these objects will of wonders – why not have a faux fur blanket over your sofa, on which you can cluster fluffy pillows and some velvet cushions.
Bookcases and personal objects:
Introducing hygge to your home is also about introducing a sense of personality. After all, it’s about enjoying life and tapping into the things that make you happy. These might be photos of loved ones, favourite books, or curios you’ve collected from your travels, or that make you think of positive times. This can be achieved through hanging art and photographs on the wall, selecting your favourite objects to display, or showcasing your favourite books.
So there you have it – the top tips for achieving the hygge phenomenon in your own home! But the most important thing is to feel comfortable, cosy and happy – something that your self-build from English Oak Buildings should certainly achieve.
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