As the winter months draw in, what could be more appealing than embracing the essence of Danish cosiness? Here we share three essential tips for making the most of what you already have at home – and it doesn’t have to cost you a thing!
Since we’re spending more time inside than usual this winter, it really does feel like hibernation season. So, there’s never been a better time to embrace the concept of hygge.
In recent years, hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”) has become a buzzword, with more of us buying fluffy throws and candles every winter to have hygge-like homes. But, there’s more to it than just an interiors trend, and a certain aesthetic.
The word comes from Denmark, and is used to acknowledge a feeling or moment that is “cosy, charming or special”. The Danes created hygge to help them cope with long, dark days, so, in its simplest form, hygge is about creating light and warmth in a season when light and warmth feel scarce. It encourages you to create a cosy atmosphere and find happiness in your home.
And the best news is you don’t need to buy anything or make your home look a certain way. So, you can remove that gorgeous but eye-wateringly expensive nordic-looking blanket from your online shopping basket. Instead, what it requires is a sense of mindfulness, and an ability to savour a moment.
Use these simple tips to help you come back to the original meaning of hygge:
Take your time
The first step to embracing hygge is to slow right down. Give yourself the time to be aware of the light and warm moments in your life.
You can start with your morning cup of tea or coffee. Don’t gulp it down while trying to multitask your way through your morning routine. Take a couple of minutes to be still, and savour each sip.
Relax by candlelight
Lighting is key for bringing hygge into your home. In the evening, shut yourself off from the outside world by closing your blinds or curtains, then dim the lights to create a warm glow around you.
Don’t underestimate the power of a candle. You don’t need to completely fill the room with tea lights, even the flickering light from a single candle is enough to achieve the relaxing and comforting atmosphere of hygge. Watching the flame provides a mindful moment that can help you to declutter your mind as well.
This can benefit you when it comes to bedtime, too. Creating a dark, cosy atmosphere allows your melatonin to work effectively, which is needed for deep restorative sleep.
Bring the outside in
Nature can lift our spirits without us even noticing. If you can, try to get outside every day. Consider going for a walk on a frosty morning – you’ll have even more reason to cosy up when you get home.
But, even if you can’t get out every day, you can bring the outside in. House plants and natural materials such as untreated woods or thick wools can bring a more natural feel into your home, and mean you can be at one with nature while relaxing in the warmth.