Create a Cozy Living Space With Hygge, a Hot Residential Design Trend


As fall approaches, it's a good time to update your living space and make it cozier for the upcoming winter. Last year the Danish concept of Hygge emerged as a residential design trend and only continues to grow. Hygge (pronounced “hoo-ga”) roughly translates to “cozy”. Let this trend guide you in renovating your home to include plush textures, warm features, and intimate spaces.

To bring Hygge to your home, first look at the layout of the rooms where your family spends the most time together. It should feel intimate, but not crowded. Furniture should be arranged so that it is easy to engage in conversation but a Hygge room also has plenty of light and air. A contractor can help you figure out how to open up your space to make it feel roomier. Blond woods, especially in flooring, also help brighten your room.

Another key element of Hygge is warmth. This can be as simple as adding a few warmly colored objects such as hand-thrown pottery, candles or warm metal accent pieces. Though, you can really create a cozy mood with a fireplace or a wood burning stove. Natural and neutral colors such as beige create more space and are a key part of this trend. Consider adding additional lighting, but not harsh or bright overhead lights.

Texture is important to this trend, whether it is on your walls, furniture or accent pieces. Wall texture creates interest and you don’t have to worry about finding artwork to display. Thanks to modern technology, contractors can go beyond stucco to include textured panels, faux tile, and other innovative wall coverings.

Complete your room with the right accent pieces. Bring out the warm glow of a hardwood floor with a plush area rug. Place natural objects on bookshelves or side tables and add big knit pillows to your sofa. Aged metal objects, such as vases, sculptured and bookends, add both warmth and texture.

For more information on how to update your home to include the latest residential design trends, please contact us.