2016 has certainly been the year that the UK fell in love with all things Danish, with fashion and home designs inspired by the area dictating the trends seen overseas. The summer has been awash with its particular way of portraying minimalism but as we head into winter ‘hygge’ has become the sought after style. Declared as the Word of the Year in the Collins Dictionary, hygge refers to the sense of finding comfort and feeling content from the simple things in life, valuing the small moments and quality time with friends and family. As we head into winter, there is no season more appropriate for leveraging this feel-good lifestyle trend!  The home environment is a key factor when looking to re-create this style, and for this look only simple, sophisticated paintings will do, creating a calming atmosphere that is perfect for taking a step back and appreciating life’s finest moments. If you want to try your hand at hygge this winter season, here are our picks of original art to do so perfectly.

Morning – Peter Dadswell

Morning – Peter Dadswell

Watching daybreak is a wonderful feeling, especially when doing so in a beautiful environment. Peter Dadswell has captured this moment beautifully in this original oil painting, as the rising sun takes centre stage amongst this peaceful, mountainous, natural backdrop.

Rowing Boats on Lago di Orta – Maddalena Pacini

 Rowing Boats on Lago di Orta – Maddalena Pacini

Nostalgic memories from childhood evoke the warm-hearted feeling associated with hygge, making this piece by Maddalena Pacini an excellent choice. This oil on canvas painting depicts a quiet lake in the north of Italy where the artist would spend her summers swimming, rowing and playing with friends and family. Perfectly peaceful and serine, gazing at this wonderful painting can instantly transport anyone back into their own joyful memories from younger years.                                                                               

The Way to Town – Jeremy Mayes

The Way to Town – Jeremy Mayes

Rather than bold, harsh lines, this painting by Jeremy Mayes uses a palette knife to add a layer of texture that leaves this picture with a soft, hazy finish. This townscape feels inviting and appealing, painting an image that reminds us of a slower, simpler village life, acting as a welcome retreat for any big city dweller.

The Awakening III – Gillian Luff

The Awakening III - Gillian Luff

Even without a physical subject matter to focus on, the impact that a painting with effective use of colour and texture can have on the mood and atmosphere of a room is phenomenal. The Awakening III is a perfect example of this, with burnt orange, beige and cream tones softly blended together to create a calming and heart-warming piece.

Ultimately, hygge will mean something different to everyone and these are just a few pieces of original art that we feel will help to capture this trend. Browse our diverse selection of paintings online, covering abstract, landscape, impressionist art and more to find your perfect hygge painting.

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