Now that winter has well and truly set in, many people are cosying up by the fire in an attempt to ward off the cold. One way to banish the winter blues is to bring in the Danish concept of hygge, but if you have not heard of the term, what exactly does it mean?
Hygge (pronounced ‘hoo-ga’ or ‘hue-gah’) was originally a Norwegian word that meant wellbeing. In the 18th century it was adopted by the Danish and turned into a concept and way of living that suggests cosiness or togetherness, although there is no literal translation. Hygge can be a mood, a feeling, a state of being. It is the smell of your morning coffee, slipping into a warm bath, wrapping yourself in a cosy jumper, or watching the flames of a crackling fire.
The art of achieving hygge is to be mindful of the small things that give us joy. Hygge is especially important in the stark and cold Scandinavian winters, where there is very little daylight. Even in these bleak months, the people of Denmark are said to be the world’s happiest.
It is possible to hygge your home, which many Danish people do.
Here are our tips to create the art of hygge:
You can never have too many candles when you are investing in the art of hygge. In fact, Denmark and Scandinavia are said to be the highest purchasers of candles in the whole world. From scented to unscented, the warm flickering glow adds mystery and is considered to be one of the most fundamental steps towards creating the perfect hygge moment.
Skandinavisk HYGGE Scented Candle – £28.00
If you want to be totally authentic then you can’t go wrong with this Danish brand Skandinavisk. They have created an actual Hygge fragrance that combines the scent of brewed tea, rose petals, baked strawberry cake, and wild mint for the ultimate hygge experience.
Throws add not only texture but cosy comfort too. They instantly transform a bare setting to one of luxury and opulence. Drape as many as you like over sofas and chairs, in warming animal tones for the ultimate in snuggling down in winter. They not only look great but keep you toasty warm too.
Dorma Maldon Plum Wool Throw – £59.99
There are literally thousands of throws to choose from, from fluffy fleeces to shaggy animal textures. We love the understated sophistication of this pale, plum coloured woollen throw. Crafted from the softest wool, with a delicate pattern and tasselled edges.
Having soft furnishings underfoot is as important as luxurious throws on armchairs. Keep rugs simple, not patterned but make them as lush as possible. Think shaggy, plush rugs that your feet just sink into.
Natural Chocolate Sheepskin – £62.00
These sheepskin rugs are exactly what we are talking about. Super soft underfoot with a gorgeous texture that you just want to lie back into and relax by the fire. These rugs come in a huge variety of different colours and textures. They are machine-washable and are selected especially for their softness.
You can never have too many cushions in your living area, particularly when they are soft and shaggy and super-soft like the ones below. Mix and match with different tones of the same colour to create a soothing vibe, and add differing textures for added interest. These ones from Wilko are so affordable and come in different colours, you can buy as many as you like!
Wilko Cushion Pale Grey – £5.00
Made using faux Mongolian fur, these cushions are so soft and snuggly you will want to buy them all up in the store to furnish your home. So cheap yet so effective to bring a natural sense of hygge to your home. In various colours, including soft grey and beige. Use for sofas, armchairs, beds etc.
Curling up in your very own chair is an essential part of felling snug and comforted in a true hygge style. The more comfy the better, as this is not so much about style and what it looks like, but how you feel when you sink into it. A chair should envelope you in its arms, be firm enough to support your back and your neck, and allow you to nod off whenever you fancy.
Wickham Snuggle Chair – £449.99 – £549.99
You could fit two people into this gorgeous snuggle chair which comes to you fully assembled and with castors for feet. It is available in a choice of 6 different colours but we love this taupe shade, which would go perfectly in any home.