How to Hygge
The political terms Brexit and Trumpism have been named by the Collins English Dictionary as the words of the year for 2016.
While those words may have been entirely expected considering the current political climate, it was more surprising to see the term Hygge on the list.
Hygge, pronounced hoo-gahr, is a Danish and Norwegian word which refers to the concept of creating cosy and convivial atmospheres to promote wellbeing.
The trend is largely focused on the idea of making the everyday or ordinary special, through ritualising simple activities such as making a hot cup of tea in a china cup, splashing out on a new pair of slippers, snuggling up in a blanket, purchasing flowers, reading a book or putting technology to the side.
The Scandinavian use of Hygge is also particularly useful as means of combating the harsh winter weather, where days can include up to 17 hours of darkness.
Katie Glenn, Interiors Expert at Julian Charles, says that there are many simple ways people can embrace the concept in their homes.
“Adding texture to your home is a great place to start. Chunky knits and throws layered up on your sofa or bed are a simple way to bring Hygge to your living space,” she told Cover Media. “Adding extra cushions to your sofa will also build texture; faux fur and soft mohair are great options. Remember it’s all about being comfortable and enjoying the simple pleasures in life.”
When it comes to the Hygge lifestyle, having the right lighting is crucial. Try turning on a lamp with soft glow or dimming lights to create a warm feel or carefully lighting a couple of candles in a room.
“Scented or unscented candles are a relatively inexpensive way to create a Hygge feel in your home. Keep them next to the bath so they are on hand for a relaxing soak after a long winter walk or dot around your living room to create an unrivalled feeling of warmth while you snuggle up in front of the fire,” shared Katie.
Other ways you can Hygge-up your life include; treating yourself to some comfort food, taking time to enjoy a cup of tea in front of the fire or savouring a glass of wine.