The Danish concept of Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) took the world by storm in 2016 and is still a huge trend today.
There is no direct English translation of the word but the Oxford Dictionary defines it as “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being”. Associated with relaxation, indulgence, and gratitude, hygge is an important part of Danish culture and wellbeing. What it all boils down to is the pursuit of everyday happiness.
Hygge is more of a feeling than a “thing”. It is a state of consciousness and an ability to enjoy the present moment. Danish people have established themselves as lovers of all-things-calm and they celebrate the smaller moments to break up the day; from a cup of coffee to a flickering candlelight. And something must be working because they consistently top the polls as the happiest people on Earth. As the long, dark and cold winter nights draw in again, it seems even more important to find time and space to enjoy the little things in life.
Tips to Hygge in the Home
Candlelight is one of the more fundamental aspects of hygge. The gentle flickering of the flame is perfect for creating an intimate moment. Scandinavians burn more candles than any other nation and lighting is the quickest, easiest way to create a warm and cost atmosphere.
Add textural accessories
When you think of warm and cosy homes, you automatically think of chunky knitted cushions, fluffy woollen rugs and velvety throws. Textures remind us of nature and give the eyes and hands something interesting to play with. Without textured accessories, a space can feel cold and bare.
Make it you
It is important that your hygge home reflects who you are and the things that you love. Mix and match your most loved belongings with Danish furniture; from books and heritage pieces to photographs. A hygge home should radiate “I love to live here” and “I feel at home here” so you don’t want rooms to feel sterile.