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Hygge is simply the art of creating intimacy, warmth and contentment in any given moment.

Want to hear what the experts have to say about hygge, learn how to pronounce it or listen to some nature sounds? Check it out here.

About Hygge

Hygge explained in 1 min.

How to pronounce ‘hygge’. Although addressed to NY Times, I think we could all benefit from this guy’s explanation!

Interview with Meik Wiking, author of The Little Book of Hygge

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Too funny! Download lyrics and sing along (audio only).


If you don’t have a fireplace, burn this virtual one!

Candles and wind chimes sound (video, turn sound off if you only want candles).


Music for reading (audio).

Happy Songs To Start The Day (video).

Livestream rainy jazz (audio).

Cafe music (audio).

Nature sounds

Ocean sounds (audio).

Rain sounds (audio).

Nighttime ambience (audio).

Forest sounds (video).

Campfire night sounds (video).

Watch the sunset (video).

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Characteristics of a Hygge Spot

We realize that the definition of a hygge place may vary slightly from person to person. However, as a guideline we use the following characteristics that are generally considered hygge.

Basic lighting
Basic lighting is the light you turn on when you enter the space. The light spreads evenly and doesn’t create too much effect or contrast. Think ceiling lamps, hanging lamps and build-in spots.

Atmospheric lighting
Atmospheric lighting is for creating…atmosphere. It’s a soft, indirect light that spreads throughout the space. This is called diffused light. Use different heights of atmospheric lighting for optimal results, for example table lamps, floor lamps and wall lamps.

Functional lighting
Functional lighting is focused light that enables you to see what you’re doing. It’s the light above your dinner table, the reading lamp next to your lazy chair and the spots above your kitchen sink.

Accent lighting
Accent lighting is used to single out a specific object or place and focus attention on it. This could be a painting or an architectonic detail.

Decorative lighting
Decorative lighting is about the esthetics of the armature itself. Lighting the space is not its purpose; it’s just there for the effect. Most of these light sources have little light output and stand out because of their appearance. Fireplaces and candles are also decorative lighting.

Hygge is the art of creating warmth, coziness and contentment in any given moment.

Hygge Hytte  means 'cozy cottage', a place where you can unwind and recharge.