It's time to get cosy the Scandi way - let's hygge up our homes
When the temperatures start to drop and the dark nights draw in, we don’t need much convincing to stay inside, snuggle up and get cosy. Enter ‘hygge’ – the Danish living concept that has taken over homes nationwide, and although it has no literal translation, it’s all about taking pleasure in the things that bring us comfort and contentment. Think thick and fluffy throws awaiting you to nestle on into them on the sofa, lighting a candle and letting its deep aromas fill your lounge or taking joy in getting lost in a good book – all very much hygge-approved activities. And, so we’re all clear, pronunciation is ‘hoo-gah’. The concept dates back to the 18th century and with Denmark consistently appearing among the top three happiest countries in the world, we’re only too keen to adopt this notion for our own. When making your home more hygge, think simple and don’t overcomplicate things. Remember, this is all about being careful and enjoying the little things, so don’t feel like you have to completely overhaul your home. Here are our top six recommendations for bringing that extra touch of snug Scandi style into your abode this winter.
There is something about lighting a candle that is instantly calming and this one from Neom is designed to help you drift of into a peaceful slumber. Made with pure essential oils, including English lavender, sweet basil and jasmine – this really makes for a dreamy scent and exudes all the soothing vibes. It’s hand-poured with natural wax, too. Along with this candle, light a few lamps so you have a twinkling effect, rather than harsh, bright light.
Cold feet simply will not do! Instead, sink your toes into these faux-fur slippers that have a real luxurious feel to them. The biscuit-coloured hue gives off hygge ambiance aplenty, as a neutral colour palette is very relaxing and calming.
Cuddle up on the sofa with this deluxe throw. The detailing is utterly beautiful with pale grey and white thin zig-zag stripes, woven with subtle gold threads for a little shine. Although, we must warn you, once you get cosy with this draped around you, you won’t want to move all evening.
Come on, of course we’d need to put a plant into the mix! What’s a home without one after all? The hardy aloe vera is easy to look after and very low-maintenance. It is also very caring, as plants go, as it is air-purifying and has been used for its’ medicinal properties since the 16th century. For that reason, it’s the perfect hygge plant as there’s something reassuring about this green friend in your corner.
A coffee table book is the perfect item to reach for and idlily flick through as you soak up the blissful atmosphere of your hygge home. This one, Scandi Rustic: Creating a cozy & happy home, has ample interiors inspiration from award-winning bloggers and Reena Simon and Rebecca Lawson. If you have reading nook like a window bench, grab this book and a mug of hot chocolate, and settle down for much needed down-time.
Add some texture into your home with this Paddy cushion from William Yeoward in a smooth velvet. The muted shade will fit seamlessly into your existing colour scheme. Scatter a few or them on the sofa for maximum relaxation and tranquillity.