Get the Scandi look: why everyone should channel "Hygge" in the home

The Danish are famous for their minimalist style and relaxed way of life. Discover the top five tips for creating a warm, inviting atmosphere - called Hygge in Danish - using a mix of accessories, colour and furniture in your home...

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Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) cannot be bought, rather it's a Danish state of mind. With no English translation, Hygge is used to describe a warm, cosy and comfortable atomsphere.

It is essential for transforming indoor spaces into welcoming homes with meaningful, personal touches and inviting, comfortable design.

BoConcept Danish furniture designer Morten Georgsen offers his top five tips to help create the right environment for Hygge:

1 Visit Scandinavian design blogs for inspiration. Scandinavian-inspired furniture, lighting and accessories are a good way to start. 

2 Your past is a big part of Hygge so display your favourite books, music albums and meaningful trinkets. 

3 Less is (much) more are the absolute keywords when creating Hygge. For example, if you have a small living room invest in a set of small nesting tables instead of a huge coffee table. This also makes it easy to create various atmospheres for guests. 

4 Surround yourself with few well-chosen accessories – avoid too much plastic and acrylic. Candles are a must with subtle pure wool coloured rugs and throws an essential too. 

5 Choose lamps for purpose and not only design. Indirect light is great for a Hygge atmosphere. Make sure the lamp is over a dining table to help give sufficient light to “see” your food, each other and offer a soft upwards light. A state of mind, Hygge also encapsulates the calmness felt when relaxing and reading - make sure your sofa is surrounded by soft pillows alongside a good reading lamp

  • This Autumn, from 6th-9th October, the Fitzrovia Festival Of Furniture arrives on London's Tottenham Court Road with a dedicated Scandi evening featuring Morten Georgsen and author of 'A Year Of Living Danishly, Helen Russell. The pair will be speaking on all elements of Scandi design and culture as well as providing tips and tricks on how to achieve the Hygge feel at home this winter.  

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