The philosophy and lifestyle of Hygge developed in Denmark, where the winters are long, cold, and dark. As an antidote to this all-encompassing darkness, the Danes have embraced this concept of comfort, contentment, and wellbeing. In fact, the word Hygge comes from a Norwegian word meaning “wellbeing” and is also associated with an Old Norse term meaning “comfort.” Hygge creates cosiness in darkness with candles and warm blankets. Nighttime warmth offers a soft, comforting environment, encouraging sleep and quiet thought.
Create an inviting, warming, intimate space:
• Use matte finishes and rich jewel tones
• Drape weighty blankets on beds and couches
• Paint with charcoal grey, deep blue, and other dark palettes
• Make nocturnal spaces modern with moody, evocative lighting
Prism, from the LiveTrends Slow Living Collection, incorporates a dark jewel-toned palette with edgy facets, creating an evocative, romantic mood.
Nesting is the instinct to burrow into a soft, comforting spot for calm and self-preservation. Encourage this need to luxuriate with sensory textiles and soft furniture to create a calm environment for the body and the mind. Create a fireside nook with lots of floor pillows, nubby knits, and candles. For a meta experience, pick-up your knitting needles for a self- soothing and stress-reducing activity.
Create a fully sensory environment:
• Add soft textures like organic sheets and faux fur
• Use oversized, chunky knits for warmth
• Create relaxing rooms with warm lighting using low-wattage lamps
• Use scented candles with familiar, evocative scents such as vanilla and spice
Hygge combines natural coiled fabric with a hand-planted money tree for a feeling of warmth and calm.
Welcome nature inside.
Hygge invites our attention back inside the walls of our home, welcoming the natural world inside, and propelling the resurgence of houseplants. At any time of the year, regardless of weather, our homes can be filled with the vibrant green of living plants. Nurturing plants inside the home reminds us to slow down, reflect, and care for all living things.
Plants offer health benefits such as cleaning the air of pollutants, reducing carbon dioxide, and increasing humidity. In the workplace, plants are proven to reduce healthcare costs, lower absenteeism, and reduce turnover. Natural, living elements in the home also create a more peaceful environment that offers calming energy.
Place plants throughout the home:
• Single plant on the bedside table
• Hanging plant in the bathroom
• Succulents on the end tables
• Large potted plant in the living room
• Herb garden in the kitchen
Featuring beautiful acacia wood from the Philippines, each Tree of Life is as unique as the fingerprint of the artisan who carved the piece.
As the world becomes more confusing and cluttered, simple design and product solutions are being developed to cut through the noise. We are looking for products that make our lives easier, that understand our needs, and that are simple to use. Simplicity speaks volumes. We need a few simple, special things that help to make our spaces personal, warm, and unique. Embracing one material gives a product a sense of specialism. Reusing and up-cycling helps promote mindful living. Limiting clutter and distraction helps us focus on life’s important necessities. Hygge is simply about living with purpose.
Create calm with simplistic design:
• Organic materials in simple shapes
• Rustic minimalism with neutral palettes
• Declutter and create open, clean space
• Soft colors and soft shapes
Unison is the embodiment of simplicity, pairing white ceramic and wood with hand-planted succulents.
In this age of anxiety, we are searching for ways to cultivate calm and achieve better health, physically and mentally. Hygge must begin with self-compassion and self-awareness. The need for self-compassion has recently been translated to the practice of “self care,” promoted heavily by Millennials, who are proving to be a generation with heightened emotional intelligence and self-awareness.
Create rituals to practice self-care and self-fulfillment:
• Use oils, herbs, and minerals for cleaning and healing
• Unwind with yoga and meditation to search for mindfulness
• Start a DIY project for quiet creativity
• Spend time with loved ones and friends
Dhyana is the profound meditative state and the penultimate stage of yoga. Find space and time to appreciate the beauty in your life, like this perfect terracotta piece.