The Danish home and lifestyle concept of Hygge has without a doubt invaded Britain. It represents a culture of cosiness, togetherness and wellbeing and relates to a feeling or mood that comes from taking pleasure in making everyday moments more meaningful. So it’s hardly surprising that Denmark is regularly voted one of the happiest countries in the world!
With the Danish winters being long and cold, spending time in front of the fire with a hot chocolate and enjoying a homemade meal with friends is a way to boost spirits in these dreary, dull months.
There are many easy and simple ways to add a touch of hygge into your home - from a neutral and clean colour scheme, to bringing candles into your living space. The Danish use more candles than anywhere else in Europe as they favour the warm glow rather than artificial lighting.
Forget fancy dinner parties, a hygge get-together is relaxed and informal. It’s all about wholesome comfort food cooked with the help of your friends and family. Sharing the cooking experience as well as the eating is all part of the Danish way of life.
Make sure you create your perfect comfortable space using chunky knit cushions and throws and luxurious soft textures to add a cosy feel to any room.
Another way to add character is by bringing materials and patterns into the home. The introduction of warm, natural materials, such as wood, leather and wool, helps to create a soothing atmosphere.
Whilst the most talked about aspects of hygge are about creating a cosy space inside, being at one with nature is also important. Throw on some warm clothes and head outside. Come home and warm up in front of an open fire.
If you want to add character and comfort to your home, experiment with hygge this new year.