“Hygge – Glücklich wohnen (Living happily)” is a book about residing and interior decoration in the Hygge trend. Its author is Barbara Delius. The book was published by the german publishing house Busse Seewald in 2017. Barbara Delius is a specialist in German studies with a degree in the subject. She lives and works in Berlin. She has been involved with various subjects pertaining to all aspects of living and residing. Through the Hygge book, she has now dedicated herself to the Scandinavian trend of living and presents ideas of living, which have the absolute feel good factor.
Slow down and relax in Hygge style
Hygge is a Danish word, which is not only firmly accepted in Danish vocabulary, but also in the lives and the culture of the Danes. It describes a feeling, which can be classified under deceleration or slowing down, which is what we lack in all aspects of our lives in these hectic times. We rush from one appointment to the next and are, so to say, always on the run. Hygge can and would also like to counteract this. Just go offline sometimes, experience everything and just enjoy life, whether it is while cooking, eating at the table with your friends or drinking a glass of wine next to the fireplace. While doing these, conviviality and comfort are the most important aspects, and this is best exemplified in the form of comfortable and cosy seating areas, the so-called Hyggekrog. Everything that is inviting, flooded with light, functional and, at the same time, aesthetic, is representative of Hygge and plays a central role in modern Danish design.
A history of the Danish style in private residences
How this is achieved is explained through the many examples of residences in Copenhagen and its surroundings. They reflect the different variants of the Hygge style of interior design. Through a mix of antique and modern furniture, one can make a statement and so convert one‘s private area into a place where one can be really happy. This can be done either by placing the pieces of furniture in a specific way or just combined together tastefully. It is for this reason that “Old and New” is the subject of the book’s first chapter, which delves into factors such as light, nostalgia and minimalism.
Setting bright accents through colours
While the first chapter mainly shows you residences that have black and white interiors, the second examines colour concepts according to Hygge. It shows how an atmospheric, refreshing combination of colours, which complement each other or which create dramatic contrasts, can come together wonderfully. In particular, gaudy colours stand out well against white or grey walls. When they are paired with a light-coloured wooden floor, they give an earthy feel to every room and make them liveable. Intense colours and their various shades, which run through the entire interior design like a central theme, require a lot of skill as well as a good eye. They create a harmonious overall image and also provide a personal touch. This can be further emphasised by making use of particular graphic elements and artistic hand-made items that are in accord with the Hygge creativity and the recommendations given in the book.
Very natural: Hygge with wood and plants
Back to nature: The book’s last two chapters, “Nature” and “Live Green”, deal with giving the interior design of the residence a connection to nature. You are advised to make a conscious selection of materials so that one can still see where they come from. The main role here is played by wood, which is also accompanied by leather. These are materials that are very well accepted by Hygge. The combinations of woollen carpets, curtains, bedcovers and the mounds of cushions shown in the book demonstrate to you how you can convert the rooms of your residence into an oasis where you feel comfortable and cosy. Based on the trend of Urban Gardening, the book gives you ideas for living, which are inspired by the shapes and colours of plants. Wallpapers with large leaves printed on them, graphics on the walls, printed textiles in green colours, decorative items with abstract shapes and, of course, real plants distributed across the residence create an ultra-modern look.
We wish you a lot of fun while reading this book.
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Posted on 22.01.2018
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