5 Ways to add the Danish art of Hygge

What is this Danish art of Hygge that everyone is talking about, I hear you ask.

As someone who doesn’t have any Danish friends, I had to go and research exactly that. It became obvious that it’s not as easy to define the meaning of hygge because it’s more of an art form and feeling rather than something concrete that can be translated by one particular word. One that comes up most often though is ‘cosy’, so to me Hygge is the epitome of the feeling that you get when you curl up on a comfy sofa with a hot cup of tea, reading your favourite novel.

The Art of Hygge book had definitely helped me discover more about the Danish art and so I’ve taken 5 of my favourite things that I’ve learnt to inspire you and aid you in creating a home that’s very hygge indeed.

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The Art of Hygge* by Jonny Jackson & Elias Larsen | Cushion* & Pink throw* – Julian Charles | Faux fur shaggy rug* – Matalan Direct | Moroccan rug* – The Rug House | Beige Armchair* – Next | Tea cup* – Wedgwood

What Does Hygge Mean and How to Pronounce it

Some call it the Danish art of being cosy but there isn’t actually a direct translation. It’s pronounced ‘heegea’ and is synonymous with relaxing, a friendly atmosphere and a heart-warming home. It can be all about the simple pleasures, like having a candle-lit bath or having a place that’s ideal for reading and drinking tea (I can totally live in a cosy reading corner) and then it can also be something more social, where you simply spend quality time with the people you love. The most important thing is how it all makes you feel. If you’re happily wrapped up in layers, drinking hot chocolate and watching the droplets on your window from the rain outside then it’s definitely hygge.

1. Cosy Soft Furnishings

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Add cushions, throws and faux fur rugs with tactile textures. When it’s autumn, it’s the perfect way to keep warm and cosy, and when it comes to hygge, being swallowed by soft furnishings on the sofa is exactly what you want. Textured additions like knitted covers and shaggy fabrics are definitely a bonus.

2. Let it be Smelly

It’s not all about how it looks, hygge is also about how it feels and smell is a big part of that. Adding scented candles can make or break a mood in the room so think about adding vanilla scents or even cinnamon ones when it gets closer to Christmas time. Evaporating essential oils also is a great way to build a nostalgic atmosphere that reminds your family of cosy nights in.

3. A Nature Display

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Collect Autumn leaves or sea shells and smooth stones. I’m a big fan of this and have bits that I picked up when I was a child growing up in Israel. I didn’t realise that one day I could create a nature display with those. Be it on your coffee table or a dining table centrepiece, a nature display (like a bowl full of stones and pretty shells) can just bring that personal touch of homeliness that adds your own artistic form of hygge.

4. A Cosy Corner

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In my opinion, one of the best places on earth is definitely a cosy reading corner where you can forget the world and dive into another universe of gripping stories. Grab a hot drink and put some fluffy socks on and jump into your seat before snuggling under a warm blanket. Even if it’s just a throw on the floor with a few comfortable cushions, it can still be a place that’s hygge to you.

5. Heart-warming Food & Drink

Now, it’s not all about the decor. Make sure you have tasty dishes to hand too; my favourite is banana bread! A simple hot chocolate though will do too, make sure you make it in a large mug that your hands can wrap around to keep warm. Heart warming goodies will keep you feeling the hygge until the very last drop and crumb, I’m sure of it.

So, here are my 5 hygge ideas that I hope inspire.

How will you be getting cosy this season?

 

Writer / Blogger on The Fairytale Pretty Picture. Currently working in the head office of a large retail company in London, UK and living in Essex.

15 Comments

  • Reply October 24, 2016

    Five little doves

    Oh I love that phrase. We love getting cosy with big fluffy blankets and got chocolate!!

  • Reply October 24, 2016

    joanna

    I’ve been hearing about Hygge a lot recently its seems to be really popular I love that its all about being cosy I’ll have to check out this book

  • Reply October 24, 2016

    Ana De- Jesus

    I think that the three things that would fill me with a sense of ‘hygge’ would be friends, good food and tea!

  • I’m all about cosy! Winter is one of my favourite seasons, as I get to snuggle up infront of our open fire with a nice mug of hot choccie! Bliss 🙂 x

  • Reply October 24, 2016

    Anosa

    I have been seeing a couple of posts talking about Hygge and what it means to them. Them for explaining so nicely

  • Reply October 24, 2016

    Katy (What Katy Said)

    Oh I adore this! I am bookmarking it to read again later. I’ve been researching Hygge too and have been putting a few bits into practice already. x

  • Reply October 24, 2016

    clairejustine

    Whoo this sounds like just what I would love! I love to get cosy at this time of year. Beautiful pictures 🙂

  • Reply October 24, 2016

    Rachel

    The more I begin to understand about Hygge, the more I want to learn and I am just fascinated by it x

  • Reply October 24, 2016

    Anna-Maria

    Love the hygge idea, i need to read that book. Cosy for me is hot chocolate good company and blankets maybe a good book or a good movie.

  • Reply October 24, 2016

    karen

    That sounds great. For me its nice fleece pj’s, fluffy blanket, cup of tea and a good book

  • Reply October 25, 2016

    Fashion and Style Police

    Fab photos you got here as usual. Loving the cosy furnishings.

  • Reply October 25, 2016

    Kara

    I always wondered what it was…….such a lovely idea!

  • Reply October 27, 2016

    Joanna

    I really like how Scandinavians manage to make their homes so cosy and welcoming. I like how you decorated your cosy corner. It is indeed perfect for hot chocolate and banana bread.

  • Reply October 29, 2016

    Zena's Suitcase

    I’ve been seeing a lot about this on social media, so this post was well timed. It sounds like a great way of living to me

  • Reply October 30, 2016

    Suzy Marie

    Oh my, hyyge sounds so up my street!! I’m all about the cosy and getting in the swing of it for Autumn has been joyous. I’m also off to Copenhagen in December so I’m excited to experience it first hand!

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