It is no secret that Denmark regularly ranks first in the UN happiness ranking. The Danes are considered the happiest people on Earth and the hygge style has become one of the components of their life. In Copenhagen, there is even an Institute for the Study of Happiness, whose head Mike Viking wrote the book “Hygge. The Secret of Danish Happiness “.
Recently, the hygge style has become more and more popular in Europe, which is not surprising – many want to become as happy and peaceful as the Danes. Of course, this style concerns not only the interior, but also other aspects, for example, delicious food, lifestyle … But, of course, we are interested in the particular Danish interior, which evokes a feeling of home comfort.
Of course, the hygge style has a lot in common with the Scandinavian interior, which we have already written about. This is the use of natural materials, including light-colored wood, neutral colors, simple finishing without frills, the most comfortable, solid furniture. Such a commonality is not surprising, because Denmark is one of the Scandinavian countries..
However, the hygge style implies an abundance of pleasant little things, from which, in fact, there is a feeling of real home comfort. If you highlight individual details, then quiet happiness in Danish is:
- A wide window sill, which you can climb with your feet and admire the pleasant view, watch the leisurely walking pedestrians, the river flow, just the neighboring houses.
- A soft, roomy sofa with a warm blanket and numerous pillows, on which it is so pleasant to relax after work.
- Floor lamps and wall lamps under warm, textile lampshades that create a cozy atmosphere in one specific area of the room.
- Candles burning with a quivering, living light, adding romance and warmth.
- A hot cup of cocoa or tea, a library with your favorite books, soft music – everything that complements our concept of “home sweet home”.
In some ways, the Danish hygge style echoes the eastern philosophy of feng shui. We can say that they have a common goal – to create a comfortable interior. However, hygge is more focused on feeling happiness in the here and now than on attracting good luck and wealth..
Indoor plants help to revive the interior in the hygge style, the very care of which also brings peace and tranquility. In the kitchen, hygge is the aroma of baking, beautiful, but inexpensive, everyday dishes, lots of ceramics, linen towels, a lamp over a hospitable dining table.
The hygge style, despite the presence of clear rules and principles, is quite individual. Little things like family photos, a favorite vase, a do-it-yourself rug add a special charm. But at the same time, standard IKEA furniture can be in the interior, and the finish does not differ in special refinement..
If you are going to try on yourself the recipe for Danish happiness, start from the basic principles of the Scandinavian interior, long and well known outside this region. On the one hand, it is not difficult to embody the hygge style at home, on the other hand, it is important to feel its philosophy, to understand what exactly your home needs to become the most comfortable.