Simplicity is the key to life, or so the Danes say. ‘Hygge’, pronounced 'hoo-guh’, is a Danish lifestyle concept which refers to contentment, making ordinary rituals special and indulging in all the good things life has to offer. So in true festive spirit we've pulled together a few interior tips on creating a hygge Christmas with the help of the Tom Raffield collection.
Keep it pure and simple
One aim of hygge is to create a simplistic yet inviting interior space that brings contentment to the mind and is perfect for relaxing.
Taking inspiration from Scandinavian style, one of our favourite minimalistic pieces is the Skipper lighting range (above). With open, fluid petals, its weightless design fills interiors with striking shadows while yielding a calming, ambient glow.
Another simplistic yet elegant design comes in the form of our bulb cradling Archer Table Light (below) - a versatile steam bent oak light providing a bit of hygge to any dark corner.
Create a ‘hyggekrog’ or snug space
Hygge stipulates that every home should have a cosy nook to retreat to. Whether it's time spent curled up reading a book under our Mullion Floor Light, or reflecting on the busy festive period, the graceful steam bent Amble Hanging Seat (below) provides the ultimate escape. Add a sheepskin rug to add cosy texture whilst nodding to Scandinavian interior trends.
Bring the outdoors in
Hygge recommends bringing green plants and foliage into your home - something we are familiar with at Christmas time – to boost creativity, well-being and enhance your quality of life. The Tom Raffield range is designed with biophilic concepts at the forefront. Creating our pieces from natural ash, oak and walnut wood, and only finishing products with eco-friendly non-toxic oils, means our range is as supportive of the environment as it is your well-being.
Immerse yourself and your space with designs inspired by nature such as our striking Giant Flock Chandelier (above); conveying the acrobatic mass of a flock of starlings in the twilight sky before they roost. To achieve the same aesthetic on a smaller scale, explore our Flock Christmas Decorations (below) and add clusters of creativity to a space or tree.
Get hygge with friends and family
If nothing else, one of the most important concepts of hygge is to spend time with loved ones in a relaxed and calm environment. Whether you're hosting festive drinks or Christmas dinner, these contemporary Tom Raffield lighting designs bring a warm and welcoming glow to your space in the darker winter months.
Alternatively, embrace simple practices by turning off the main ceiling lights and using low table lamps such as the Hanter Table Lamp (below) or Wheal Table Light to create an intimate, cosy atmosphere.
Happy Hygge Christmas!