This winter, the word that seems to be on everyone’s lips is actually rather difficult for English speakers to pronounce. ‘Hygge’ (pronounced ‘hoo-guh’) is a Danish word/concept, and it doesn’t have a direct translation. However, according to Visit Denmark, ‘hygge is about creating cosy social gatherings and intimate get-togethers with family and friends. It’s the feeling of wellbeing and warm atmospheres. It’s about feeling happy and relaxed while enjoying the simple pleasures in life.’
With darkness descending in the late afternoon and temperatures dropping to near freezing, winter is the perfect time to experience hygge: in this post, we’ll show you how to create the perfect cosy atmosphere (like this inviting set up featuring some of our favourite cushions) so you can re-create this beautiful feeling in your home.
One of the most important components of hygge is soft, intimate lighting, so candles are a must. They not only help make a room smell incredible, they evoke a certain sense of safety and calm: you want your home to be the exact opposite of the bitter chill outside. Opt for ones with comforting, wintery scents – browse our candle offering to find your favourite!
Chunky knitwear, fluffy throws and armchairs you can curl up on (like our Rousseau chair, pictured) all make for a ‘hygge’ home. This is also a great way to add some personality to your interior design, as a mixture of textures and subtle patterns create that snuggly, lived-in feel essential to the concept of hygge.
Hygge is all about socialising with family, friends and loved ones, and what better way to do that than around a beautiful table full of delicious food. Pick a recipe from your childhood, a dish you have fond memories of – maybe it’s your mum’s apple crumble or your dad’s special Bolognaise sauce. An extending dining table, like our Chateau range (pictured), makes sure everyone has space to enjoy the meal and the clean, light look is very reminiscent of popular Scandinavian design.
Although hygge is mainly a social activity, if reading a great book alone in bed gives you that happy, relaxed feeling, then by all means, treat yourself! Hygge is all about slowing down and taking the time to appreciate the little things that make you smile.
As writer Tove Maren Stakkestad says: ‘Hygge was never meant to be translated. It was meant to be felt.’
How will you create a feeling of hygge in your home?