There’s a reason the world is going nuts over the Hygge trend right now. For those who are like, mate, is that a typo? – Hygge is the Danish practise of creating cosiness, wellbeing and happiness in the home. And we all love a bit of cosy, am I right? From snuggling up under a blanket with a good book, to piling the pillows and blankets into every cosy corner, to sitting in a warmly lit room sipping hot chocolate with dear friends, Hygge embraces all things comfortable and indulgent. And in a world where, at any given time, ten thousand different things demand our attention, it’s more important than ever to be able to stop and focus on feeling content.
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If you haven’t already added this glorious book on the subject of Hygge to your home, you really, truly should!
One of the easiest ways to begin to bring some Hygge into your home is through lighting. Hygge demands a warm glow rather than harsh brightness; small pockets of light rather than a wash over the whole room.
Enter the humble lamp. They are the bread and butter of Hygge. When the day is turning to night and the sky is beginning to darken, there is no cosier way to welcome the evening than by working your way through your home, methodically switching on your lamps.
We all most likely have a lamp on the desk, the bedside table, or the end table next to the couch in the living room. But the humble lamp has so much more potential than that! When it comes to Hygge, you can probably never have too many lamps, so stock up and starting using them liberally! Stuck for ideas of where to pop them? With help from Urban Lighting, I’ve got your back…
1. The bathroom vanity
Bathrooms are known for their harsh, bright lighting – totally practical, but not very Hygge, right? Save the sterile lighting for when you’re doing your make-up, and pop a little lamp beside the sink (storing electrical cables safely, of course). If you have never showered in warm, dim lighting at the end of a long, crazy day – friend, you haven’t lived. Urban Lighting’s Cordell Table Lamp is the perfect little understated piece to keep on the vanity.
2. A walk-in wardrobe
We spend a surprising amount of time in our wardrobes – choosing clothes for the day, putting away the laundry, tidying the shoes – and even more so if you have a walk-through wardrobe to your ensuite! Turning this overly practical little room into a fancy haven is one floor lamp away. A floor lamp will add instant glam and make the space feel more intentional. Urban Lighting’s Soma Floor Lamp uses hardly any floor space but packs a beautiful punch.
3. Under the patio
There’s no reason to keep your Hygge restricted to the inside of your home – your patio has major Hygge potential too! Enjoying a night cap with a good friend, or snacking on an antipasto platter in the early evening will be majorly enhanced by the right lighting. There aren’t a lot of outdoor lamps on the market, but Urban Lighting’s Maison Exterior Floor Lamp is an absolutely perfect patio accessory. It comes in two different heights which look beautiful standing side by side.
4. On top of the dresser
Our bedroom should be the cosiest room in our home – it’s where we most need to be able to unwind. Getting yourself ready for bed in the warm glow of a lamp, rather than a full wash of light, will help you relax and give your eyes a break from all the stimulation of the day. Urban Lighting’s Dallas Table Lamp is a gorgeous piece that will add a decorative element to the room even when turned off.
5. A forgotten nook
We all have those sneaky spots and surfaces that don’t have anything going for them – mine is a waist-high filing cabinet in the corner of our meals area. These surfaces inevitably begin to collect junk because they haven’t got any other designated purpose. Clearing them off and replacing the clutter with a lamp will instantly enhance the atmosphere of the room and provide a long-term solution to that clutter – you’re not going to start stowing old receipts and unopened bank statements there once the space is being used intentionally, are you?
I love Urban Lighting’s Knud Table Lamp for this purpose – its clean, bright appearance will set a fresh new tone for the space.
6. In front of a feature wall
Feature walls are a fantastic addition to the right room, but visually need to be broken up a little to give our eyes a break. A floor lamp is a great piece to use for that purpose – and a spotlight style lamp will even cast a nice glow on the wall and help it to stand out. I am infatuated with Urban Lighting’s Rotterdam Floor Lamp, and its two finish options (antique brass or antique zinc) make it extremely versatile.
Wherever you place them, lamps have a unique ability to transform a room from bland to cosy. So the question is – where are you going to put yours?