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.
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
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
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
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?