Danish people happiness secret has got a name: Hygee – pronounced ‘hoo-ga’ or ‘hue-gah’, a word that has become massive in interior design in the last couple of years. But what does Hygee exactly mean and where is this concept heading?
Hygee doesn’t translate literally to English, but it referrers to the cosiness and wellbeing feeling of things such as, having a meal with friends and family in a cosy dining room or being on your own enjoying a good book.
Even though it’s an intangible concept, we can style our homes around the idea of Hygee, which at this time of the year, feels like is the right thing to do. Here are our tips for creating the Hygee home.
- Add Textures
Dress your beds and sofas with layers of rich textured accessories such as throws and cushions and create a cosy setting to do whatever you fancy most, which brings us to the next point: find time for activities you love.
- Go back to an old hobby or try a new one
Find the time to do something you love, and find you very own cosy spot in your home to do it. Whether you’re making jewellery, crocheting, painting or any of the many other forms of arts and crafts they’ll give you that little dose of hygee and possibly, a sense of satisfaction.
- Collect memories
Surround yourself with items that bring you happy and pleasant memories. Your favourite pictures, your beloved books and music CDs, have them all handy and displayed at sight.
- Candles, candles, candles
We’ve already talked in this blog about the benefits of lighting candles around the home; whether these are scented or unscented, simply lighting a candle in your comfy loungewear is seen as an essential hygge moment to achieve. The perfect scape from the cold a dark winter!
This post only touches the surface of what Hygge is and so much can be added to this list. Read titles such as The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell, or Hygge: A Celebration of Simple Pleasures by Charlotte Abrahams for a further understanding of the Hygge concept.