Interior Decorating Trends: Hygee
I first came across the term "Hygee" while browsing some of my favorite interior design blogs. In short, it's a Danish design philosophy that centers around the idea of coziness and the feeling of contentment surrounding said coziness. Think reading a book inside with a candle lit and a knitted blanket wrapped around you, while a blustery storm rages outside; you can see the storm, but you feel safe and warm inside your cozy little nook. That's Hygee. While the definition is odd, it only took me a few minutes to understand how it could be translated to interiors... and to also immediately connect it with knitting. I have a firm belief that the knitted arm blankets gained popularity due to the concept of Hygee gaining more traction in the U.S. Everything is, after all, connected. Even if people weren't aware of Hygee specifically or what it meant, they were exposed to many of its principals through photos and it most likely drove the demand and popularity for the oversized blankets (I even made one!) that seemed to come out of nowhere.
In fact, knitting and Hygee complement each other perfectly, to be honest. There are few things that add a cozy factor more beautifully or succinctly than a hand-knitted chunky blanket or sweater. A few other things to consider to make your space more in line with the philosophy of Hygee would be scented candles, keeping your space simple and streamlined, and access to hot drinks (coffee and hot chocolate). And of course, tucking your phone and computer out of sight.
However, I think there's an important factor that is often glossed over, maybe because it is seen as too obvious, but I think it's worth mentioning. A space designed with Hygee in mind really comes down to textures and how they are mixed to complement one another and amplify the cozier elements. A knitted blanket with a wooden table and a stone fireplace with a blazing fire may be one of the best examples of a Hygee space; you have cold and warm and plush and firm. The balance of textures really makes or breaks the cozy, Hygee factor. Too much or too little of one texture will negatively impact either the appearance or the practicality of the room, but with Hygee there is a decided effort to highlight those elements with the more plush, more cozy vibe. Textures matter - not only when it comes to touch, but also when it comes to sight. A balanced room should have a mix of textures so as to keep the space visually interesting and practical.
As fall and winter approach and bring colder temperatures, I think it's only natural to incorporate some elements of Hygee into your home. I personally recommend candles and knitted blankets.