What is Hygge? How To Achieve The Danish Way of Living

5th October 2017

Today, we're talking about Hygge

Scandinavians are known the world-over for their contentment ratings, seemingly experts at making their lives calm and pleasant.

Denmark, in particular, is guaranteed to be somewhere near the top of any country happiness index, and we speculate that Hygge is something to do with this.

So exactly what is Hygge?

Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish living concept that is taking the world, through Pinterest, by storm. Its etymology lies within the Norwegian language, originally a term for ‘wellbeing’. It directly translates into ‘fun’ in English, but it generally refers more to cosiness and ‘togetherness’.

Hygge is essentially a way of living but is often reflected in the interior design of Scandinavian homes. Think blankets, warm lights, soft cushions and hot cocoa. Interestingly, Denmark burns more candles per household than any other country. So, if the country that burns the most candles and has a love of chunky-knit blankets and mugs of hot chocolate is the happiest in the world, we’re happy to take a leaf out of their book.

How can you inject Hygge into your home?

invest in candles

Scented or unscented, big or small, it really doesn’t matter. A fun way to start your candle collection is to buy scents that match with the changing seasons.

Think fresh cotton, cut grass and lavender in the summer months. When Christmas comes around, go for scents such as cranberry, cinnamon and crackling wood. Placing candles around your home will leave a trail of cosiness wherever you go: try the mantelpiece in your living room, your bedroom dressing table or the sideboard in your bathroom.

add more texture

Chunky knit blankets, faux fur rugs and soft cushions are all items that can be thrown into the mix. Remember that hygge is not just about visuals, make sure you physically wrap yourself up in a blanket to get the true Scandinavian experience!

Reading, knitting and baking are all wonderful activities that can boost your hygge. Walking into the kitchen and smelling a freshly baked cake or curling up on the sofa with your favourite book can help your home to feel more hygge.

What are the benefits of Hygge?

As we mentioned earlier, the Danes are amongst the happiest people in the world. So, it can’t harm to try and get a bit more Hygge in your home. You may think it’ll be expensive to invest in a tonne of candles and big blankets, but you don’t have to spend a penny to be truly Hygge.

Sharing with friends and family is essential

Hygge is not just about getting cosy in the home but creating simple moments of happiness. Get nostalgic with old friends by looking through photo albums and having a picnic in summer, or invite the family round for some board games and mulled wine during the run-up to Christmas.

Run yourself a bubble bath and spend an extra ten minutes than usual, to really de-stress and unwind. Getting into bed a little bit earlier or having a night in with the rain tapping on the window can also give you the Hygge feel.

How else can I create a Scandinavian-style home?

Scandinavian living is also a lot more in depth than this. There’s an abundance of different styles and concepts that belong to this part of the world - all equally enticing as each other. Perhaps you’re a fan of the all-around Scandinavian style, if so, we have some furniture you may like…

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