Updated: May 30
Did you know Danes experience over 250 days of rain ☔ a year? Which has made them - you guessed it - (aside from being pros at buying wet weather gear), pros at spending time indoors. Danes have well and truly perfected the art of staying home, turning their homes into sanctuaries of hygge 💕
Create your own hygge at home with these favourites...
If you could describe hygge with one item it would be candles. Candles are our absolute favourite hygge item, and can make any space instantly cosy with soft, warm, glowing lights. Warmth, cosiness, comfort and joy all in one go! We love them so much we've made our own range of beautiful Hygge candles, you can view them here.
2. Soft lighting
There's nothing like a bright bare naked light to ruin a hygge environment. Get rid of any sharp, harsh lighting and replace with soft, glowing lights bulbs. Floor lamps are very Scandinavian, and lights with dimmers are perfect for creating a hygge environment, as well as fairy lights.
3. Get cosy
Creating a warm and cosy environment is a big part of hygge. Think blankets, woolly socks, cosy jumpers... For those chilly days, put the heating on and, if you have a fireplace - light it up for the ultimate hygge setting.
4. Furnish with blankets, cushions and get comfy
Hygge is about cultivating a sanctuary of cosiness, so you want to have blankets, soft furnishings, cosy chairs and sofas, cushions that you can sink into and r.e.l.a.x. We love the home range at Nordic Fusion, Manly.
5. Give yourself a hug in a mug
Having plentiful supplies of tea, coffee or your hot beverage of choice to warm your soul is a must. We're loving Organic Merchant's set of Wellbeing teas at the moment.
6. Nourish yourself
Danes are big foodies, and so many of their recipes involve big, hearty meals that you can share with friends and family; nutritious and delicious. Nourish yourself with your favourite recipes. We are a big fan of these delicious soup recipes from goodfood! We also love the Scandinavian recipes from the Scandikitchen.
7. And finally, relax in the company of your favourite people
A big part of hygge is 'togetherness', being with the people you love the most, those who lift you up and you can sit with and chat endlessly in the surrounds of a warm, cosy space. Cook up a storm, invite your favourite people over, tell stories, laugh and your heart will be singing!
If you follow these steps, you'll be well on your way to experiencing your very own hygge at home.
If you are interested in reading more about the Danish concept of Hygge, 'The Little Book Of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well' written by Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, is well worth a read.
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