Hygge: Happy Home, Happy People

Hygge: Happy Home, Happy People

The word on everyone’s lips this Autumn (or, at least, those who can pronounce it) is Hygge (it’s {hue-gah} if you’re interested). It’s a Danish concept about enjoying the everyday; surrounding yourself with things and people you love.

Fundamentally, it’s about creating a safe haven; shutting out the big, dark world outside and making a happy, cosy space inside. With Winter now truly in sight, what better time to bring a little more Hygge spirit into our own homes. To wrap ourselves up with those we love and make our homes happy.

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And here are my 5 ways to bring a little more Hygge into your home this Autumn/Winter.

1. CANDLES & MORE CANDLES

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Nothing does cosy more than soft, flickering candlelight. Dot tea lights in pretty glasses and use church pillar candles in fireplaces or hurricane jars. Easy, and inexpensive.

Indulge the senses with scented candles. I love True Grace Fig for a sensuous and velvety scent. Or try Skandinavisk’s Hygee candle, inspired by the very concept. With notes of black tea and baked strawberry cake it even sounds delicious.

2. CREATE AN INVITING HALLWAY

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Hygge is about creating a welcoming atmosphere. As much as you can, declutter your porch and hallway to create a calming vibe the moment you walk through the door. Try Ikea for cost effective storage, add some subtle lighting and a few personal touches to make your entrance way an inviting space for you and your guests.

3. ADD TEXTURE

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Keep it natural. Warm and tactile; there’s a good reason why Scandinavian design so often incorporates natural materials. Think chunky woollen throws, and snug knitted cushions. Drape a sheepskin over a chair to create a cosy fireside retreat. You’ll never want to go outside again.

4. SIMPLIFY YOUR DINING AREA

Hygge isn’t about elaborate or extravagant dining spaces. It’s about the simple, informal pleasure of sharing food with loved ones. Go back to basics and enjoy a laid-back style. Simple linen napkins and tableware like this stoneware range by Rose & Grey. Just add comfort food and candles and your guests won’t want to leave.

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And for the children, take a look at the Finland Arabia Moon Tableware range, available at John Lewis. It’s too cute not to.

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5. BE YOURSELF

Hygge is about being yourself, so make sure your home reflects who you are. It isn’t about following trends or fashions. It’s about creating a space that feels like home. Make it personal. Add photos, keepsakes; anything that makes you smile.

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How will you get your home ready for some Hygge togetherness this Winter?