Hands up who’s heard of Hygge? Keep your hand up if you know what it means or – and this is the real test – how you pronounce it? (It’s ‘hoo-ga’. Nope, I didn’t know either). This year, the Danish word that loosely translates as ‘cosiness’, ‘warmth’, and ‘conviviality’ has infiltrated our consciousness and a whole host of books have hit the shelves explaining how to bring it into our lives – starting with our homes.
“Hygge is like a compass, steering us towards small moments that money cannot buy you, finding magic in the ordinary.” – Marie Tourell Søderbergh
If, like me, you’re constantly treading on Lego and Cheerios, you may feel yours is the opposite of a Hyggeligt (hygge-like) home. But according to Søderbergh, author of Hygge: the Danish Art of Happiness, it’s less about expensive interiors and more about enjoying the moment: whether that’s curling up with a good book in front of a fire, having a candlelit bath or enjoying a laid back gathering with friends. The exact type of cosy Danish calm I’ll be aiming to bring to my whole house this winter.
3 easy ways to hygge your home
1. Add texture in the lounge & bedroom
Create a cosy corner like this one by simply adding layers of lush, luxurious textures. You can recreate this look cheaply with some cableknit cushions £10 from George at Asda, a faux fur throw £50 from House of Fraser and sheepskin rug £35 from John Lewis. Ta-dah! Instant Hygge-like haven for under £100!
2. Keep it casual in the kitchen
The Danes love nothing better than a relaxed gathering over a meal, but the key word here is relaxed. Hygge settings aren’t ostentatious; so pour generous tumblers of wine, cook a one pot wonder in a classic Le Creuset and let guests serve themselves on lovely, laid-back crockery like Royal Doulton’s 1815 tapas set The idea is to create a warm, inviting atmosphere where friends feel a part of your home, rather than a guest in it.
3. Light up the bathroom
If Hygge is about soaking up the moment, where better to do it than in the bath? The quickest way to achieve hygge here is with scented candles as they’ll instantly make a stressful day serene. Neom’s Perfect Peace, with its notes of pine, myrrh and lime will bring the scent of Scandi forests straight into your bathroom.