Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish concept, characterised by a sense of togetherness and comfort. The term was coined in the 18th century and is now a fundamental part of Danish lifestyle, guiding everything from social activities to interior design.
What’s not to love about the concept of hygge? An extra hour in bed here, a pair of comfy socks there; it’s all about creating an atmosphere that envelops you and makes you, and those around you, feel good. So, how can we incorporate this into our homes? Read on for some tips.
Let there be lighting
Hygge decor is all about atmosphere, and what better way to create a feeling of warmth and cosiness than by furnishing your life with candles and twinkly lights? If you’ve got a spare wall or bare shelf, adorn it with sparkles. Your sense of wellbeing will thank you.
Bring me fire
Nothing is cosier than chestnuts roasting on an open fire, that’s a fact. Huddling around the fire with your family, warming your hands on a cup of cocoa is hygge at its finest. Unblock that fireplace, stock up on logs, wait for winter and go, go, go.
Colour me neutral
Neutral colour schemes aren’t boring. No, they’re calming, relaxing and comforting. So paint it all pastel and take a lie-down on the chaise longue with a lovely book.
Pale and interesting
The core concept of hygge is simplicity. Pale, whitewashed floors work incredibly well. Neutral tones, such as walnuts and oaks are also perfect for hygge floors.
Comfort is key
We’re talking sinking into cushions and pillows, with a fluffy throw casually draped over our knees. Create cosy nooks in corners with lovely textiles and grab some peace and quiet.
Soak your worries away
Don’t view your bathroom as a utilitarian space in which to clean yourself. No, it is a spa. Invest in a comfy robe and decluttering storage space, adorn the space with candles and you’ve reached the peak of hygge.