Hygge is the Danish or Norwegian word for a warm, cosy, comforting atmosphere, best shared with your closest friends and family. It's also the interiors trend sweeping the world. But rather than a physical state, the true meaning of the word describes a psychological feeling, holding all your needs in balance. And what better way to create an environment like that than with art? Here are our favourite artworks to help you bring some Hygge home, and a collection of winter warming pieces to help you create the perfect atmosphere for the cosy months ahead.
Where better to find some true Hygge than within the work of a Scandinavian artist? Cecilia Danell masters the medium of oil and acrylic on canvas, creating dreamy, almost overcast landscapes inspired by her Swedish heritage. Rich colours and a distinct lack of human presence give these vacant scenes a poignancy, bringing the beauty of the untouched natural world back into the home and helping us to cherish our co-dwellers.
Daisy Clarke paints surreal scenes with a dark edge, capturing what she deems to lie “far beyond the edge of the clouds”. Fantastical characters and animals frolic in stunning imagined landscapes. From icy mountain scenes to murky forests, hanging one of these magical depictions in your home is a great way to invite some escapism into your life, and bring some winter warmth to your home.
This beautiful depiction of the wildness of Sindri imbues the spirit of freedom, pride and regal majesty. Its balanced composition and use of negative space means it stands out within a comfy, snug space, bringing a sense of warmth and emotion from an evocative piece. The pared back monotone colour palette means that it also sets surrounding objects with a touch of colour alight. This one will add a true sense of strength and harmony to your home.
Biophilic design (the art of creating strong connections between nature and man-made environments) is all the rage in Northern Europe and beyond, and styling your home with landscape artworks is a simple way to achieve the look and feel of bringing the outside in. Charlotte Adde uses a striking combination of warm and cool colour palettes with glimmers of gold to capture barren, frosty landscapes at dawn. Bring those crisp winter mornings into the space of the living room and amplify that cosy feeling.
Her sculptural, laser cut works are just as sophisticated and would add some organic minimalism to the functional space of the kitchen or bathroom - Hygge need not be limited to the living room!
Small artworks are a versatile addition to any home. Frame and prop a piece like this on the mantel to accompany a cosy fireplace, or place it in a forgotten corner of the room to draw the eye outwards and illuminate the space. Tracey’s minimal paintings appear as small windows into cosy dwellings. Her works capture a universal sense of home, place and belonging, and are a great way to add some Hygge to your space.
Mychael Barratt’s imaginative prints reference well known characters and scenes from fairy tales and literature, adding a touch of both the fantastical and the familiar. We all know that the father of fairy tales himself Hans Christian Anderson came from Denmark, and it’s no coincidence that the feeling of comfort derived from these stories is a huge part of the feeling of hygge. Barratt’s warm, playful depictions of maps, animals and landmarks bring their subject matter and a room to life, and they are definitely pieces to cosy up with a blanket in front of and get lost in.
If it’s a loving, enveloping atmosphere you’re looking to create, one of Julia’s tender painted portraits is guaranteed to warm both your home and your heart. Her affectionate, sentimental works capture silent moments of human intimacy, imbuing your living room with a comforting atmosphere, bringing to mind the importance of enduring family bonds and soulful connection.
Reminiscent of embroidered tapestries, Karenina’s elegant artworks are created using a range of artistic techniques and materials, from inks and pencil to rice paper. This helps to keep the works incredibly tactile and organic, bringing a natural, earthy feel back into the home. Luscious greens stand out on a backdrop of warm creamy neutrals adding a breath of fresh air into any room.