Have you heard about hygge? Pronounced “hoo-ga,” this Danish concept cannot be translated to one single word but encompasses a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life. Reading a book by a fire on a rainy Sunday or sharing a cup of hot cocoa with close friends on a snowy afternoon are just a few examples of hygge.
Hygge is such an important part of being Danish that it is considered “a defining feature of our cultural identity and an integral part of the national DNA,” according to Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen.
In the US, we were finally starting to catch on to that hygge life but 2020, with increased time at home and smaller social circles, really brought the concept to the forefront. People are looking for ways to increase contentment and with just a few simple tips we can help you make your home a haven of hygge.
Bring the outdoors in!
Insulated windows with views of the outdoors, doors with large open panes of glass that are still energy efficient and plants in every nook can go a long way to boosting the cozy factor. Feeling warm and comfortable while still being able to capture the beauty of nature helps almost any room feel immediately more cozy.
For plants stick to one color – like ferns & spider plants – nothing too showy. That can add to a feeling of clutter. For windows and doors, look for energy efficient options with clean lines and able to showcase big views. If you need help looking for options, our team will be glad to assist.
Candles are a MUST!
Danes burn more candles per capita than any other country and hygge is a major reason why. What’s more cozy than the flickering flame of a candle and a soft scent welcoming you in?
But remember hygee is about comfort and nature, so look for organic, natural candles in outdoorsy scents or those that mimic cookies and cocoa (both also VERY hygge!). Don’t go for strong or extremely artificial scents and again, keep to a single color pattern. Visual clutter is very much NOT hygge.
Build a fire — or stream it!
Finally, almost any hygge moment can be made exponentially better with a fire. Unfortunately, not all homes have room for a fireplace. That’s where streaming can be your best friend. YouTube has plenty of videos that stream the sound and sights of a fire (this one is 10 hours long!).
Some folks swear by opening a window when building an actual fire. An open window provides air flow in case of a little smokiness and can help regulate the temperature when there’s a roaring blaze. Good windows for a room with a fireplace are those that can be easily opened small amounts then easily closed and locked.
At the end of the day hygge is about what makes you feel warm, cozy and comforted with an emphasis on simple, clean aesthetics. If you’d like help adding some hygge to your home, speak to one of our team or visit our showroom for ideas.