There's a specific word you may have seen popping up when it comes to home trends lately: hygge. Pronounced ‘hoo-gah', this Danish word roughly translates to coziness. It's a feeling of comfort and contentment from enjoying the simple things in life. Hygge is curling up by the fireplace with a great book or sipping on a mug of hot chocolate, but it's also a distinct decor style. Read on to find out how you can genuinely achieve hygge in your home.
Hygge is a massive part of Danish culture and probably one of the reasons the country is often listed as one of the happiest in the world. It's all about being comfy and cozy - from the clothes you wear to the furniture you sit on and the food you eat. Fun fact: in the Danish language, you can add the prefix ‘hygge' to any appropriate word to create a new word. So hyggebusker is the word for your coziest sweats, and hyggecrok is the name for a cozy corner where you can read, nap or lounge. You may already have some of these things covered, but how can you make your home truly hygge?
Nothing says intimate and cozy like the soft light (and scent) of a candle. Most Danes agree that candles are what reminds them of hygge most. Plus, they also look pretty! Stock up on decorative sets that will add all sorts of atmosphere to your home.
Sometimes just a chunky knit is not enough to stay warm. Bundle up with a throw blanket or two. Aside from adding warmth, a throw blanket also adds interest to a plain couch. Look for soft, fleecy, or knit styles.
It's not just about putting on your sweatpants; it's about going all out. Be sure to add a warm sweater or sweatshirt and fuzzy socks. All of your clothes should warm you up, and none of them should offer you any restrictions.
Hygge isn't an excuse to splurge on a bunch of new home decor. Hygge still embraces minimal Scandinavian style and is not about being trendy for the sake of it. It's about buying a throw blanket that feels amazing to the touch or a candle whose scent makes you smile. Introduce hygge to your home little by little, choosing items you really love.
Comfort food and drinks.
Consider a hygge day a cheat day. Hygge food will vary from person to person. For some, it could be a rich hot chocolate, and for others, it could be a fragrant jasmine green tea. Some might bake a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies or use their grandmother's famous cake recipe, while others might nibble on freshly popped popcorn or have a big bowl of hearty soup. It's whatever gives you the most comfort and possibly brings back warm memories from the past.
Bookworms and Netflix lovers will be all over hygge. Once you're all bundled up, hygge is about relaxing however you see fit. It could be curling up with your favorite novel, having a movie marathon, or simply watching the world go by from a comfortable spot. Put your to-do list aside and simply chill.
Hygge is great for self-care, but it's not about being alone all the time. Spending quality time with friends and family is also a big part of hygge. Explain the concept to your friends and family and invite them to share a cup of tea and a snack, watch a movie or go for a long winter walk on a scenic route together.
Hygge is not just another home decor trend. It's a way of life and a pretty great one!