How to Hygge Your Home

 
A hot chocolate outside with a blanket and book

Over the past couple of years, the Danish concept of hygge has taken the interiors world by a storm. The term often stirs up thoughts of cuddling up in front of the fire with a hot chocolate in hand and a dog at your feet. But what does it actually mean, and how can it benefit you?

The dictionary definition of hygge is “a Danish word for a quality of cosiness (feeling warm, comfortable, and safe) that comes from doing simple things such as lighting candles, baking, or spending time at home with your family”. The Danish lifestyle favours spending time with friends and family, going for walks outdoors, and creating beautiful interiors that you enjoy spending time in. Perhaps that’s why Denmark frequently ranks top of the list of the happiest countries in the world.

It’s clear that there’s something we can all learn from the Danish way of life. We’ve looked at some steps we can all take to bring more hygge into our homes:

A cosy fire burning in the living pool
A woman carrying a candle and hot drink on a tray

Candles

Bring some beautifully scented candles into the home to create a cosy and friendly ambience. For the bedroom, we recommend lavender scented candles to help create an atmosphere that is both relaxing and conducive of sleep. Check out the Cotswold Candle Company, who make a range of gorgeous hand poured candles right here in Gloucestershire.

Books

Rather than scrolling through social media before bed, cosy up with a good book. In addition to the obvious enjoyment you get from delving deep into the plot of a gripping read, getting lost in a good book has been proven to benefit our mental health and wellbeing, including reducing feelings of loneliness and stress.

Blankets

Hygge is all about cosiness and comfort, so what could be better than a home well stocked with blankets, cushions and throws? Spend your Sundays going for long dog walks in the countryside before cuddling up on the sofa with family, lots of blankets, yummy snacks and a great film. Stay tuned for our list of the best mood lifting films coming soon.

Relax

The main thing is to simply enjoy being at home. You’ve created a beautiful indoor space, so take time to revel in it. Sit with your feet up on the sofa drinking mug of tea and flicking through your favourite magazine. Indulge yourself by cooking a big meal and inviting friends over to enjoy it with you. Hygge comes in many different forms, but the premise is to cultivate wellbeing from the simple things in life. We think there’s something in that for everyone.

To learn more about hygge, pick up a copy of The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well from your local bookshop.