‘Hygge’ (pronounced “hue-guh”) is a word that has been on every home and interior lovers lips for the last year or two. We have seen books such as ‘The Little Book of Hygge’ by Meik Wiking and ‘Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness’ by Marie Tourell Soderberg appear on coffee tables all over Britain. But what does this word actually mean and is it possible to create hygge vibes through what we own and how we arrange things within our homes?
Hygge is simply being aware of a happy moment – it’s when you feel cosy and warm, when you’re having fun with special friends. It can be a simple ritual such as enjoying a cup of tea whilst wearing your comfiest threadbare pyjamas, curled up in your favourite armchair. It isn’t a ‘thing’ it’s a ‘feeling’. It originates in Denmark, and the Danes are apparently the most content people in the world.
You can help stir up these feelings and emotions by ensuring your home is as comfortable and welcoming as it can be. Ambiant lighting, soft textures, and creature comforts can all induce feelings of happiness, security, and well-being. Paying attention to small details can bring joy into your home and every day routine.
Below I have listed eight ways to add the cosy factor to your home, with stunning photos from some of my favourite Instagram accounts, showcasing exactly how to do it.
1: Use candlelight
2. Bring the outdoors indoors
3. Layer tactile materials
4. Invite a friend round for a cuppa
5. Create the perfect reading nook
6. Lay the table
7. Surround yourself with your favourite things
8. Simplify your home
I hope you’ll take my top tips for creating ‘hygge’ on board and will feel inspired to implement a few of them in your home this season. I for one cannot wait to pull on my fave rabbit shaped slippers, light the fire and have an excuse to drink copious amounts of red wine with friends (all in the name of hygge of course….)
Until next time.
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