Ok so first what is HYGGE? Last year everyone was talking about and so many people started buying books on it, myself included. Hygge is the Scandinavian word for being cosy and comfortable. The feelings of wellness and contentment. Over recent years, hygge became a defining characteristic of Danish culture. It is pronounced “hoo-ga”.
After reading the book I noticed that as a family we actually having been living very ‘hygge’ It is that moment when you are reading a book with a hot chocolate sat cuddled up on the sofa at home. That feeling of contentment and well bing through the simple things in life.
SOFT LIGHTING -
Candles, candles, candles and more candles. If you ask a Danish person, they’re likely to tell you that candles are the most important part of creating a hygge atmosphere at home. Also always have fairy lights - they are not just for Christmas. This is to bring a feeling of warmth and cosiness.
SOFT AND COSY HOME -
Soft blankets, throws and cushions. Soft textures to wrap yourself in and rugs on bare floors.
WARM DRINKS -
Mugs of hot chocolate, tea, mulled wine to keep warm at home and flask of coffee to take outside with you for a good hike.
Wearing thick knitted socks, oversized jumpers and cardigans. Pyjamas and fluffy slippers and sweat pants. Yep I mentioned sweat pants, I actually LOVE them and I have smart ones for work and then some I only wear at home.
FAMILY + FRIENDS -
Cosy evenings in with family and friends. Sharing home cooked meals, soups, slow cooker stews and baked goods like home made bread, sourdough and home made cake. Getting board games out and eating around a table. No TV and no mobile phones, just candles and laughter.
It’s about simplifying your life and making the home more cosy. Having great moments with people you love to be around and stopping to enjoy the simple pleasures. What is there not to like?