At Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets we’re passionate about creating beautiful and inviting solid wood kitchens. Indeed, our kitchens boast a welcoming charm that can only be produced by using real timber worktops and oak cabinets: a charm that is perfectly akin to the Danish concept ‘hygge’. The word ‘hygge’ – pronounced ‘hooga’ – is a Danish ideal relating to cosiness; and embracing this Scandinavian style in wooden kitchens is the perfect way to prep your home for the chillier months of the year.
What is ‘Hygge’?
Though there is no exact translation for hygge, the notion is an innate feature of Danish living, synonymous with ideas of twinkling candlelight, enjoying good food with close friends and family, and snuggling up by the fire. More than just an interior style, hygge encompasses atmosphere, camaraderie and attitude to life; it’s about heartfelt merriment and appreciating small, intimate details.
Fill your home with Hygge
It’s easy to imbue your home with the warming spirit of hygge: a few well-chosen elements will do the trick. Candles, for instance, are crucial. According to the European Candle Association, people from Denmark burn more candles per head than anywhere else in Europe: from tiny tea-lights to luxurious scented candles, filling your kitchen with the cosy glow of candles and warm lighting is a must.
A sumptuous layering of textures and natural materials is also intrinsic to producing a welcoming atmosphere. A combination of wood and leather – teamed with an artful mix of house plants and faux fur throws – is ideal for creating homely hygge vibes, making the kitchen a perfect spot for hosting a gathering of friends and loved ones.
If you would like to embrace the Danish art of hygge, oak kitchen base cabinets and wood worktops are ideal, paired with open wall shelves to display plants, candles or cooking condiments. Opt for cabinet frontals painted in soft cream hues, such as Farrow & Ball’s Matchstick, or – for something a little stronger – try Pigeon, a soft shade of green. A range of wooden worktops would sit beautifully within this scheme, including light maple work surfaces, which are perfectly in keeping with the pale timbers often found in Scandinavian design. Conversely, darker woods would look fantastic with cream-coloured cabinets, such as our characterful walnut worktops or black oak tops. For ultimate cosiness, warm-hued iroko work surfaces make a spectacular kitchen feature, and are built with longevity in mind. Accessorise with kitchen corner posts and timber kitchen pilasters for a seamless finish.
If you are thinking of creating your own hygge-style kitchen ahead of the chilly winter season, why not order some kitchen worktop samples to find your favourite timber? We also offer cabinet door samples – in sanded, lacquered or painted finishes – to help you identify a heavenly hygge hue for your home.