In Norwegian, the word is “koselig.” In Dutch it’s “gezellig.” In Swedish? “Mysa.” But perhaps the most popular term for the movement that’s swept in from the north and can best be summed up as mindfully creating a cozy atmosphere in your home is the Danish “hygge.” Pronounced “HOO-ga,” the dedication to a warm, comfortable space—as modeled every winter by the Danes—has become a full-on global phenomenon. (It even inspired Denmark to apply to have the word added to UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list, alongside yoga from India and flamenco from Spain.) With the days getting shorter, there’s no better time to embrace the Nordic love affair with all things cozy. And there’s no better source to look to for inspiration than Ralph Lauren. Speaking of his Bedford, New York, house—a stone manor built in 1919—Mr. Lauren once said, “We wanted to give it a warmth and an individuality yet, at the same time, a glamour.” Adding, “It’s very easy to do a formula. It’s harder to do a mix, to get a balance.” The spirit behind the designer’s approach to his own home holds true as a mantra for amping up the hygge factor in yours. Balance, warmth, and a bit of glamour are all key. Below, our top tips and favorite products to invest in to master hygge living at its best.
- All images courtesy of Ralph Lauren Corporation