Hygge is a trend that has gained so much hype this year! I think it is a lovely sentiment that is not overly complicated so I thought I would use Blogmas Day 4 to explain a little bit more what Hygge is and how you can incorporate it into your lives.
Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Danish trend celebrating the concept of cosiness and taking pleasure from the overlooked everyday moments to make them more special and meaningful. It's not complicated, if you are cuddled under a blanket, relaxing with a cup of tea and candles that is hygge. Hygge translated into english is 'cosiness' and this is definitley something I am on board for! I love fluffy socks and a hot mug of tea or hot chocolate or coffee or mulled wine. I love a blanket and a roaring fire and that feeling you get from being wrapped up, relaxed and snuggled. It's about having some 'me time' and making simple things important. So here are my tips on how to Hygge...
Get The Right Lighting
The right lighting is so important in every space let alone a Hygge specific space. Natural light is the best however, if you can't get the perfect spot for natural light use lights that create the perfect ambience instead. Think fairy lights and candles and all main lights on dimmers! Dimmers are the best way to create a cosy atmosphere.
Not all day everyday but a little bit of indulgent every now and then is good for the soul. Take time out to bake your favourite cake or take a walk to a bakery and select your treat instead. Everyone deserves a little treat once in a while.
Friends and Family
There is nothing better then the feeling of having close friends and family around you. That feeling of support and love and comfort is like no other so why wouldn't you want your friends and family around you as often as you can?
As an interior designer this is a no brainer anyway! Soft furnishings finish off any scheme and they are a easy way to make a space feel more cosy and homely. Surround yourself with your favourite textures and colours and you will instantly feel Hygge.
Connect With Nature
I could go on about the importance of connecting with nature for days...weeks even! I truly believe that everyone, everywhere will benefit from connecting with nature more often!
This is one of my favourite tips! I'm always in the mood to get snuggly! Fluffy socks, over sized jumper, blanket, fire, cup of tea and I'm in heaven! Do what ever you need to do to get snuggly, have a bath, wear a scarf or a wooly hat indoors anything that makes you feel snuggly! Duvet day is approved!
Become Technology Free
Again, I cannot stress how important it is for people to switch off from their devices. Not for long periods of time but for 30mins to an hour a day at least. We are so totally consumed by technology now a days it is important that we switch off regularly to recharge our own batteries. It just gives you the opportunity to reflect on the here and now.
Experiment With Scents
In my opinion scent is a very overlooked sense. A scent can transport you back to a place of joy or sentiment and it's a great tool for Hygge. Pick your favourite scented candles and place them around your Hygge spot whether that is a sofa, a bath, a slouchy arm chair, a hammock, where ever you choose.
That was quite an extensive list so I'm sorry for the essay but I hope you found it useful. I try and implement as many of these things into my daily life as possible and I encourage and urge you all to do the same.