The MOST searched home trend right now is Hygge (pronounced Hoo-Ga). Hygge is more of a feeling than a word, and is completely in keeping with this year’s home design trend of creating a space that is an extension of who we are; thus, blurring the lines between one’s inside and outside presence.
The Danish term translates to building one’s own sanctuary. It is the act of taking pleasure in the people and things that surround us. This is an updated version of the Danish Modern trend with an emphasis on texture and warmth. With this new shift in personalized design, it is through one’s own “lens” that a serene, cozy atmosphere is achieved.
The major design principals of Hygge are:
- Monochromatic or tonal color schemes
- Clutter free surroundings
- A myriad of textures (the more the better; think leather, wood, wool and fur0
- Only meaningful and beautiful pieces should be displayed (things such as travel photos, paintings or memorabilia)
- Warm mood lighting using candles and lanterns scattered throughout the space
- My favorite principal is adding things with some patina such as an heirloom chest or other special piece
Below, are some rooms that beautifully illustrate Hygge:
When I am working with clients, I do my best to put his or her style through my “filter” to achieve the perfect space that still looks and feels like them. Accessories make or break this look; therefore, it is a budget-friendly design concept. As with any concept, the absolute WORST mistake is to take a theme/trend literally. Doing so, always leads to a space that lacks authenticity and personality.
One Kings Lane curated a beautiful Hygge collection. Below, I used pieces from their collection to creat a design board illustrating my interpretation of the Hygge trend. I like to use black in a lot of the rooms I design because it creates visual weight. It grounds the room, especially in a room that is primarily monochromatic. The eyes need some place to rest, and black allows this to happen. I LOVE this clover coffee table in matte black (which is another HUGE trend right now).
I would love to hear your thoughts on this trend. Do you think this trend has longevity? Is this concept something you would favor in one room over another? Whether or not this specific look resonates with you, I hope you find your version of Hygge in your home!