The Danish concept of creating a warm inviting atmosphere,taking things slowly, getting cozy + enjoying the simple pleasures of life.
If you have been reading my blog, you’ll know I am all about the hygge life. Before I even educated myself in the Danish way of living, I was already living it! I bet most homebodies you know would be drawn to the idea of hygge, in fact, most Danes prefer hjemmrhygge (home hygge).
Our homes are the central place for most experiences in our lives, from social gatherings to our personal quiet time to cooking meals for us + others. So it would only make sense to focus on the home & what makes it more hyggelig.
Today, I want to focus on the kitchen. For us “hygge homebodies”, the kitchen is more than a place to have your food + cook it. It’s a place to share the joy of working with our hands, to take in all the smells that are simmering and the warmth of the coffee brewing. It may seem out of the norm for some, but it is completely reasonable to have pillows, blankets, rugs + greenery throughout the kitchen. You would be amazed at how this can change the atmosphere, to become your favourite spot in the home!
I have rounded up my favourite hygge kitchens for your inspiration pleasure & added some tips to help your kitchen be hyggelig as well.
Hygge in Your Home: Cozy Kitchens
(Ways to bring hygge into your kitchen)
Hyggekrog ( n o o k )
Lightly translated, hyggekrog is a small nook usually beside a window, where you can cuddle up, enjoy a hot cup of tea, read a book or catch up on some work. A hyggekrog doesn’t need to be in the kitchen but it really ups the hygge game if it is.
Your hyggekrog can be its own dedicated space or dually function as part of your kitchen seating. Adding some pillows + a blanket are a must, and then you are well on your way. In Denmark, real estate agent’s will actually highlight a hyggekrog as a selling feature of the home!
Warm Drink Station
Whether you are a coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cider or any other type of warm beverage drinker… you can’t get cozier in the kitchen without a small dedicated space for your favourite warm drink. Now I know there is a time & place for an alcoholic beverage station – but it doesn’t have the same hyggelig vibes to it.
A little station for your favourite warm drinks also creates a more inviting space, where your friends + loved ones can feel a part of your home by making their own drinks and setting up a more engaged experience together.
If you want your home, and specifically your kitchen to be a place for hygge, you’ll need wood elements. The natural look + feel of wood, the smell of it, the sound of wooden floors creaking, all contribute to a hyggelig home. Bringing the outdoors in is essential when feeling cozy at home – we will continue with this in the next example.
Morgan from The White Farmhouse Blog has my favourite kitchen ever – it has all the hygge vibes you want! (Also, having a fireplace with crackling wood bursts my hygge heart.)
Continuing the conversation of bringing the outdoors in, I would like to add the necessity of bringing some other natural elements in along with the wood ones. The wood definitely brings in large statement pieces of nature, but the soft + delicate elements shouldn’t be overlooked either.
Thankfully, it is quite easy doing this in the kitchen because we cook with herbs all the time, so why not bring these fresh plants in to look pretty + be useful?
I love a good bookshelf. When it comes to cookbooks I have a serious problem, I could get lost in reading recipes for hours. Cooking, especially together, creates a beautiful hygge experience; out of a recipe book even more so! So showcase those beauties!
We have recently brought a big, gorgeous rug into our kitchen and it has changed the entire feel of the kitchen. It brings in a soft, warmth that instantly makes your cooking haven a cozy + inviting space.
I didn’t realize how big vintage items are in a Danish home. Possibly, because of the nostalgia behind the items, or maybe because they are perfectly worn in to seamlessly fit in with a cozy vibe or because it is something you have had your entire life that holds value.
Either way, having a few vintage items in your hygge space is a must in your kitchen. Vintage rugs are gorgeous, as shown above, or a special light fixture, photo or possibly an antique kitchen scale? The possibilities are endless!
With hygge in your life, your home is your sanctuary. So, I have focused on a room that may be overlooked as being one of the coziest spots in your home, but with these tips + inspiring photos, I hope it will cease to be overlooked, and you too can have a hygge kitchen.
A calm, comfortable time with the people you love;a complete absence of frustrations or anythingemotionally overwhelming. Often enjoyed withgood food + drinks, warm blankets and candlelight.This is happiness.