It was shortlisted to be Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year. More than 1.6 millions Instagram posts boast it as a hashtag. The Danes have been doing it for centuries. So, what exactly is hygge?
Hygge: (hoo-gah) – “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.”
The concept is perfect for winter – cocooning oneself in a soft blanket, nestled in front of a fireplace with a cup of coffee in hand. But hygge isn’t just the obsession of getting cosy; it’s finding pleasure in the small, everyday things and enjoying the company of friends and loved ones.
With a little inspiration, you can achieve a comfy, inviting atmosphere within your own home. Here a few ways you can add a little hygge to any room.
Hygge definitely has that get-lost-in-nature, cabin-like feel to it. Bringing nature indoors can give a peaceful and verdant touch to any space.
Add a Little Light
Warm, low lighting is essential to hygge. Light your favorite scented candle or put a log on the fireplace while you snuggle up to read a book or catch up on a favorite TV series.
Woodgrain, soft knits, smooth pebbles – these all add interest despite their minimal, neutral hues.
Enjoy the Moment
The key to hyyge is to take the time to appreciate the little things. Enjoying a quiet moment to yourself, spending quality time with loved ones, pursuing a hands-on hobby, relaxing after a long day – whatever you do, be mindful and enjoy the moment.