Elements of Hygge

🔊 hyoo · guh
“hue-gah" or "hoo-guh”

Before trying to pronounce Hygge just know, there’s no direct translation for the meaning of the Danish word. It’s more of a feeling, If you can speak in a Danish accent, it will (obviously) help your pronunciation efforts. The Danish way of living is known to be the happiest on earth. What’s the hype behind Americans embracing Hygge? It’s more than just a trend, it’s a state-of-being, a lifestyle. There are many ways to adopt the Danish way of living, but it starts in the home. When it comes to embracing the Hygge way of life, narratives and nostalgia come into play, making your home the epitome of Hygge. Here's a few tips on how to incorporate this trend into your home.

Claire Burke Elements of Hygge



01. By Candlelight 

When Danes are asked what they most associate with hygge, the vast majority will say candles. There’s nothing more inviting and enticing than a room lit by candlelight. Create the perfect glow and tranquil mood.




02. Treat Light Fixtures like Art 

The Danes take lighting very seriously. I would too if I was surrounded by darkness most of the winter. Install design-worthy light fixtures that demand attention. 

Invite coziness into your home by placing soothing floor and table lamps with low temperature lightbulbs.


Claire Burke Elements of Hygge



03. Nook aka Hyggekrog

Welcome to the space where you find peace and feel safe. Most of us struggle to escape from the everyday noise and chaos that surrounds us. 

Finding time and a space to disconnect and relax is necessary for your well-being.


Claire Burke Elements of Hygge



04. Natural Elements

Lighten and brighten with plants and natural elements like wood accent pieces. 

Already have hardwood floors in your home? Perfect, you’re one step closer to incorporating the natural element of Hygge into your home.

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05. Fireplace

What’s more cozier than a lit fire on a winter night? Create the ultimate Hygge sanctuary by making your hearth (or fireplace) the focal point of the room.

If your home doesn't have a fireplace, consider a wall-mounted electric fireplace. There's even LED fireplaces that don't generate heat - just for the looks. 


Claire Burke Elements of Hygge



06. Books

During the winter months we tend to spend more time indoors. There’s a good chance that we will be cooped up in our homes in the upcoming months... so why not make your space more welcoming with books?

Books have a special way of making any space more inviting. They also spark conversation and set the vibe for your home. 


Claire Burke Elements of Hygge


07. Layers 


Make your home the epitome of Hygge with pillows, throws, and cozy elements. Creating a comfortable atmosphere to invoke the feeling of Hygge. Achieve this by adding a variety of textures that offer a gratifying balance to the room. 

The touch of a wool blanket, cracks in the wooden coffee table, the pattern on hand blown glass. Elements such as these give a room meaning and if placed correctly, offer balance while in the space. 


Claire Burke Elements of Hygge



08. Warm Texture Palette 

Color schemes set the mood and tone in every room. Danes prefer warmer, neutral, tones that make a space feel brighter, cozier, and more inviting. 

Tip: Consider how colors FEEL in your home, not just how they will look in your space. 


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