For those not familiar with hygge, this once little known Danish word refers to a lifestyle concept that roughly translates as ‘a feeling of comfort and contentment’ which derives from all the good things and people in your life. It recently featured in the Oxford Dictionaries ‘word of the year’ list, which shows just how popular this concept has become in 2016.
Now not all of us can hot tail it to Denmark on a hygge whim, but with our guide to creating that distinctive hygge vibe in your own home, luckily you won’t have to. Here are our top tips to get you started…
Light those candles
Scented candles might seem like a bit of a middle class cliché, but their flickering light as they burn is fundamental to creating the cosiness and contentment of the hygge experience. In Danish homes, as soon as the sun goes down candles are lit to create a cosy refuge away from the cold.
Scatter those cushions
Surround yourself with lovely, homely things. Scatter cushions play a crucial part in creating that warm, comfortable hygge vibe. Furniture firm Oka.com has created a pillow picker tool so you can see which colours, patterns and materials work with best with one another to create that homely appeal. Chunky knit cushions and fluffy rugs will further add to that ‘snuggle up’ feel.
Put the kettle on
After candles, the next thing the Danes associate with hygge is a nice hot drink. Tea will probably do, but if you’re going to do it properly then you should really get out the hot chocolate and whipped cream to create an indulgent feast. You even add a cinnamon bun and really have a ball.
Cook a simple meal
There’s no place in hygge for the formality of a stuffy dinner party. Instead, invite your nearest and dearest over for a relaxed and informal meal with simple, wholesome food. Homemade stews, chunky soups and sharing platters are how it should go down. Add a couple of glasses of mulled wine and you’re all set for the ultimate hygge get-together.
Spend some alone time too
The hygge is not all about hanging out your friends, you can also enjoy this Danish tradition on your own. There’s nothing like a little me-time if you know how to spend it wisely, so get stuck into those relaxing activities that make you feel content. Grab a novel, get your crochet hook ready or fire up the oven and bake some delicious cakes.
Get your loungewear on
The hygge is no place for your standard pyjamas or dare we say – tracksuit bottoms. There’s nothing more satisfying than curling up in some comfortable, quality loungewear, so get those soft woollen socks on, pull on the cashmere and sink into life in the slow lane.
What are your ultimate hygge tips? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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