How then can we bring that sense of “hygge” into our homes? What follows are five simple interior design tips from Design Haus Medy founder Medy Navani to create a cosy space you’ll never want to leave!
“Hygge” is a Danish term whose closest translation is to be or make “cosy”. There is an undeniable art to making a space feel “hyggeligt”, but it’s not unachievable even for the most lacklustre of spaces. While we endure scorching Middle Eastern summers we try to optimise the qualities of our indoor habitats.
- Soften the space with rugs, throws and cushions:
Consider rugs, throws and cushions key in the curation of cosiness! Even an age-old sofa can be revived with the right selection of warm scatter cushions, with fabrics such as velvet, suede, wool, or heavy-weave cotton, and would avoid “cold”, shiny materials such as Saturn and polyester.
- Create “nooks” to nuzzle into:
Take “hyggeligt” to the next level by creating a private nook to curl up in. Create nooks in larger rooms to provide a separate cosy space that can be used for reading, speaking on the phone, resting or simply pondering. If you have a quiet corner in the home which currently serves little purpose, think about installing a built-in banquette or twin bed to serve as a “day bed” that you can enhance with cushions and a lovely throw.
- Cosy up with Candles:
Display candles on the coffee table, side tables, bookshelf, windowsill or kitchen tables, and burn to compliment the soft light of your floor or decorative lamps, keeping overhead lights dimmed or flicked off. Essential oil infused candles are a nice option to consider, so you can sit back and enjoy the beautifully subtle spa-like fragrances wafting throughout your home as you wind down during the evening.
- Bring the outside in:
This doesn’t mean you need to install a 3 x 4-metre living wall or convert your space into an indoor rainforest, but simple injections of live greenery can do wonders for your cosy space. For low maintenance plants which you needn’t water daily, opt for succulents displayed in beautiful pots from your favourite homewares stores, unique ceramic pots made by artists or DIY pots you have painted or decorated yourself.
- Illuminate with luxurious lighting:
To create real cosiness, always try to keep your light as close as possible to the ground. The lower the light source, the more romantic the effect. This is why we always select candle light for special events. Floor standing lights and side table lights are always a better choice than high ceiling mounted lights. Further, enhance the lighting atmosphere by choosing light shades which project mood via their structure or texture.