Simply put, Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a celebration of life, and feeling of contentment derived from being ‘in the moment.’
This warm and positive way of living has been celebrated by the Danes for centuries, and is believed to be one of the reasons Denmark is regularly voted one of the happiest countries in the world. Through simplicities such as candles, lanterns, textures, and natural elements, the Danes have created an intimate and sought-after atmosphere for themselves to enjoy. And whilst Hygge stands out in Winter when we all want to feel warm and cozy, equally it can be appreciated all-year round. So if you’d like to know how to bring a little Hygge into your home this year, and particularly into a new kitchen design, read on…
…Bringing Hygge in your kitchen
In LWK Kitchens’ recent Kitchens Trends 2017 post, we outlined the increasing desire for minimal and simplistic finishes which create a clean kitchen look and feel. Such aesthetic appeal is crucial within design and cannot be overlooked, yet Hygge also includes the social aspect of people gathering together, perhaps to enjoy a good home-cooked meal or nice glass of wine. Hygge’s emphasis on family and friends is considered extremely important for personal contentment. So to achieve the best of both, with perfect balance between Hygge and aesthetics, you can consider the following ideas for your home:-
A kitchen island designed for families
A kitchen island with seating or peninsula fulfils a logistical kitchen need and creates a very social setting. Whether engaging with a loved one whilst preparing a meal, families uniting for dinner, or else enjoying a catch up with friends; islands and peninsulas offer the means for much social engagement, and opportunity for embracing and sharing Hygge.
Add Window Seating or Bay Windows to your kitchen design
Space and window permitting, this feature creates a relaxing ambience, perfect for enjoying Hygge moments.
This might be reading a good book, supping a hot cup of tea, or else simply enjoying the outside view. Of course generous windows will also allow more light to flood a room; not only does this make for a more pleasant setting but daylight, and particularly Summer sunshine, is proven to be good for both our wellbeing and mood.
The ideal height for this type of seating is around 480mm from the finished floor. And in depth, from front to back, between 430 – 560mm for maximum comfort.
Add a natural element:-
The desire for naturalness within the kitchen is still strong, with natural materials proving ideal for a chic yet relaxed home environment, and perfect for escaping the stresses of modern life! Wood kitchen finishes are increasingly stylish and minimal whilst retaining an innate warmth. Light wood colours are particularly popular. The release of horizontal wood grains has also fuelled a modern wood kitchen trend.
Natural Concrete and Stone
Pale textured surfaces such as Concrete or Stone kitchen finishes will also contribute a natural Hygge element within the kitchen. Stone kitchen doors are engineered from real stone; setting the finish apart from any other with its intrinsic and authentic character. Similarly, the Concrete kitchen finish exerts a heavily textured surface pattern reminiscent of natural formations, yet entirely modern in feel.
Flooring effects can also contribute to the implementation of natural elements within the home and boast a welcoming style. Natural flooring options such as wood or stone can achieve instant Hygge kitchen appeal through their warming colour and texture. However, you should remember that a kitchen floor is a hardworking region of a kitchen. And as a result needs be durable, resistant, and easy to clean.
Add more lighting
A light and bright kitchen makes a huge difference to having an enjoyable kitchen experience of cooking and eating. As already mentioned, natural light is important, and glazing such as skylights or glass bi-fold doors will certainly brighten your kitchen & allow for more kitchen Hygge. As well as this there are three types of lighting that are essential for your kitchen: task lighting, ambient lighting, and accent lighting. But don’t forget you can easily add to a Hygge evening ambience with glowing candles, dimmer switches and low lights that reflect off walls to create soft pools of light.
Aside from wood finishes, light kitchen door colours such as white, Taupe, or pale greys are best for retaining a light and bright ‘Hygge’ kitchen setting. Gloss finishes can enhance this further by reflecting light as it hits their surface.
Neutral kitchen colours tend to create a very comfortable feel for a room as they are both fresh and calm. They also lend themselves extremely well if you want to implement bolder colour schemes or patterns as a compliment.
Keep it simple
Simplicity is key to kitchen design. It is important to ensure that everything in your kitchen has its own place. Otherwise, kitchenware cluttering your surfaces can diminish your enjoyment of cooking and can create a sense of chaos. Storage solutions for maintaining your ‘Hygge’ feel are Kitchen Cabinetry, Pull Out & Kitchen Corner Storage and Small Kitchen Storage & Accessories.
Accessorizing is another contributing factor to achieving Hygge. By adding a small coffee table in an open plan setting you can easily achieve relaxation. Textures, seat cushions, and soft throws can also add comfort to window seating. Similarly, a simple tablecloth can transform a dining room table with ease. Fireplaces are also very ‘Hyggelig’, and bring warmth and cosiness to any adjoining room.
Don’t over-do the design
Hygge is about indulgence, but not extravagance. For a Hygge kitchen setting it is better to keep it simple and don’t over-do the design. Avoiding ‘of the moment’ trends will ensure a longer-lasting Hygge kitchen environment for all of the family to benefit from.
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Tirelessly working through different designs, finishes, features and different pricing options can often prove challenging and diminish your Hygge…so why not talk to us about your needs so we can help?