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Despite enduring a harsh climate with long, cold winters, Scandinavians consistently rank amongst the happiest people in the world. And it’s all to do with ‘hygge’– the Danish word to describe Nordic style. In this guide we talk you through the key elements of ‘hygge’ to help you create your very own Scandi-style home.
There’s no direct translation for the term hygge in the English language. It’s a feeling that overwhelms you when you step into a beautiful, warm and cosy home. It’s the sound of clinking glasses and contented diners enjoying good food with good friends. It’s the crackle of logs burning in an open fire and the feeling of soft wool against your skin. It’s hygge.
Bring the outdoors in
Scandinavians have a real affinity with the natural environment. With limited daylight hours during the Winter months, lighting is hugely important, with floor to ceiling windows being a common feature. And in the darker months, when access to the outdoors is limited, Scandi style brings the outdoors in – with window dressings inspired by the colours, patterns and textures of the natural surroundings.
Simplicity and symmetry are key features of Scandinavian design – minimalist, uncluttered interiors maximise living space, while wooden flooring and natural materials provide the warmth and cosiness that Scandinavian design demands. Colours are fresh and clean, occasionally with a dash of sharp colour to reflect the dramatic elements of the landscape.
Let there be light
Bright, white and light interiors epitomise Scandi style. Wooden flooring is often painted white and window fabrics are designed to allow as much light as possible to flood into the home. Mirrored accessories, reflective colours, textures and patterns that all maximise the available light are highly desirable.
Less is more
Scandi style favours traditional crafts using local materials and functional forms. Soft furnishings reflect traditional skills, incorporating folksy patterns and designs created by traditional printing methods, such as wooden blocks, stencils, rollers and silkscreens. Wealth and status is conveyed through good design rather than material possessions.