You may have heard of a design idea which is gaining momentum in North America recently- the Danish concept of 'Hygge'. Even if you haven't, we can almost guarantee that living in Ontario's Canadian climate you have definitely experienced a longing for warmth, comfort and general 'coziness', which is what 'Hygge' roughly translates to. Living in such an extreme northern climate, the Danes have mastered the art of creating cozy, comforting and enjoyable atmospheres in which to enjoy all the good things in life. Sounds pretty ideal, right?
In our current design culture we are seeing a huge movement towards simple, functional and family-friendly spaces. These spaces are warm and inviting, and now more than ever are reflective of the people who live there. An emphasis on natural materials, neutral colours, soft lighting and an abundance of different textures are some of the hallmarks of 'Hygge' design, which makes it easy to see why it is so popular here in Canada.
A Hygge kitchen will typically include simple design choices which allow for the individual family to spend time together with the most enjoyment and least inconvenience. Considering how they will use their kitchen space plays an equal if not greater role in kitchen design than how the space will look. Thinking about and making space for the items which are used the most, as well as the little things which can bring the greatest simple joys (such as a place to grow fresh herbs or having a table that fits the entire family) can go a long way when planning a kitchen that your family will use for years to come. Hygge is, above all, a feeling of comfort, family and enjoyment.
If in doubt of which direction to take your kitchen project, regardless of your aesthetic preference, it is a worthwhile exercise to try and consider how you want your friends and family to feel when they are gathered in the centre of your home. From there, you will always have an end-goal for creating a space you and your family will truly love. Thinking about your family can help you decide what you need in a kitchen - do you have children who will need a workspace? A built-in desk for a computer? A family dining table as well as a kitchen island? Or perhaps you only need a petite raised bar top for you and your spouse. Making a truly custom space for you and your family is one way you can be sure you're accomplishing Hygge in your home.