Have You Heard Of Hygge?

I love finding out about new trends and one that seems to be gaining momentum in the UK right now is hygge. It is not a new thing though, it is in fact something that the Danes have been practicing for years. Hygge, pronounced HUE-gah, hasn’t got a direct translation but is more a description of a feeling and way of life. The closest way I can describe it is that feeling you get when the nights start to draw in, you have your cosy cardi on and are snuggled under a blanket watching Strictly Come Dancing. You got it? Yep, that is the feeling you want to create all the time.

7 ways to bring hygge to your life

Autumn is my favourite time of year and without realising it I have been practicing hygge every single year – I just need to learn how to take it beyond autumn so I can have that cosy feeling all year through. So, when I saw hygge posts popping up in my Pinterest feed I sat up and took notice – then I got hooked!

First of all I downloaded The Little Book of Hygge onto my kindle so I could read it when I am up in the night feeding Wills. I loved it immediately and after reading just a couple of pages I went and lit all of the candles in the house! More hyggelig already! 

I then went shopping and got a little bit excited by the cushions and blankets in Asda. I do love a scatter cushion though, don’t you? Here is a little video showing you what I bought…

I came across this fab post the other day and immediately ordered The Art of Hygge as a result. I almost bought it for my kindle but then it is much more hyggeligt to have a book you can hold and feel. It is so lovely, just flicking through the pages makes me feel inspired to make my home cosy and welcoming.

I thought I would share everything I have learned so far so you can make your home more hyggeligt too!

So how can you bring hygge into your life?

Light candles

This seems to be the most important thing. It seems if you don’t have the correct lighting you cannot have hygge. I have to say, as soon as I light a candle or two I do feel a sense of calm and cosiness. It doesn’t have to be all about the candles, you can have lamps as long as they give off a warm glow- you just want to avoid harsh bright lights.

Yankee Candle

Cosy up your home

You’ll notice from my video above that I bought new cushions and a fluffy throw. Adding texture automatically makes a room feel cosy doesn’t it? Something the books suggest is creating a nook, a hyggekrog, with cushions and blankets so that you can snuggle up and read a book. I am yet to find anywhere in our house that would be suitable!

Other ways to create cosiness is to bring nature inside – have plenty of fresh flowers, going on a leaf hunt, arrange pinecones on your window sill – anything that you find beautiful. Wooden objects are something we have always collected but they have been in storage since we moved here- I am going to dig them out and place them around the home as they are all beautiful.

If you own books, display them! I would love a bookcase in our living room but we don’t have the room. We have one in our garage conversion though and I am going to make a real feature of it!

Be comfortable

Clothes can also be hyggeligt – think how much you love your cosy knits! So dig out your scarves and get yourself some woolly socks. The idea is to have comfy clothes that you can relax in. Loungewear doesn’t have to be frumpy, you just have to get the look right. I want to get myself an oversized woolly jumper to wear with leggings and woolly socks! I just need a nook to sit in (and a few child free hours haha!!).

Want to hear some good news? Mum buns are totally hyggeligt!! Hurrah!! Apparently it is the most common ‘do’ in Denmark and I can see why. On days when I am at home, with nothing to do, I just throw it up in a bun and I don’t care what I look like – that is me in my most relaxed state.

Be more present 

We live in a digital age, one of mobile phone, tvs and laptops. It is so easy to get lost in social media, to neglect each other, and it needs to stop. I want to introduce a no tech day in our family – I think I might make it Sundays. I want to spend the day playing board games, going for long walks, doing things together without distraction.

Autumn display

Indulge in the simple things

I really like this one – it basically says to indulge in those things that you may normally deny yourself. For me it would be cheese and chocolate!! I do believe in everything in moderation though so having a little will stop me craving more and it will make me happy. It is all about being happy.

It isn’t just about allowing the things you’d normally deny, but also making time for things that normally get forgotten. I hardly ever wear perfume as I can’t be bothered to spend the 2 extra seconds finding one for the day. I love it though and I am going to make the time to spritz myself every single morning!

Hygge together

I have a dream, one of a big family that I can mother – a bit like mother hen. I want to be able to have everyone around for lunch and welcome them all with big hugs. To me that is hygge – sharing the love and giving of yourself. Christmas is the ultimate isn’t it? Family coming together to share in the joy, to indulge in the little things while sitting around the fire. I just love it!

It is said that hygge is best shared in a small group of people, of 3-4 friends. I need to organise a night with friends actually, get them round for some food and a cosy evening. I love cooking for other people and the process of getting everything ready. Some people find hosting stressful but I am always in my element!

Be thankful

If you read my blog regularly you’ll know I share a weekly happy list. It is so important to be thankful for the little things, to see the happy in every day no matter how small. I have heard a few people talking about gratitude journals and I think I am going to ask for one for Christmas. Physically writing it down on paper is so therapeutic.

Wills on the sofaWills likes my new cushions! 

So that is everything I have learned so far. I am loving it as my home is already looking much more cosy and I am making plans to bring more hygge into my life. The Danes are said to be the happiest people in Europe – I want to join them don’t you?

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  1. I do love the sound of hygge although I’m not a fan of candles (despite hubby’s many attempts to convert me!) so it’s lamps all the way for me. So tempted to go out and get some nice cosy throws for the sofa and some more big cushions – I quite like the idea of making my sofa a permanent snuggle spot. There’s just something about sitting and cuddling up together, enjoying cosy family time. Love the sound of a no-technology day too. That photo of Wills sleeping on your new cushions is just adorable 🙂

  2. I think it’s such a lovely concept! It’s funny though, I have Norwegian family where a lot of this originates and their homes look so different!

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  3. I think I’ve been doing a little bit of hygge-ing without knowing too! I love, love, LOVE candles and cosying up and yes, I also love Autumn. All of these aspects are great to have in your every day life. Your idea of a tech free day is one that I’ve tried and nearly succeeded! I think I could be Little Miss Hygge! 🙂

  4. Ooh I think I’ve been doing Hygge all my life without even realising! Sunday seems to be our Hygge day – we tend to open a bottle of red and buy some special cheese for after dinner at this time of year! Love the idea of introducing a no tech day for the whole family, I do tend to switch off more on Sundays and think that everyone needs a break from looking at social media for at least one day a week. This is definitely my favourite time of year and I love these tips – I agree you can never have too many scatter cushions! Will be pinning your post xx #HomeEtc

  5. Hygge is the buzzword of the season again isn’t it? It was so huge last year and I thought this year there would be something else to knock it off it’s spot but really happy to see that Hygge is still HUGE! It’s such a gorgeous concept isn’t it? I think I do it without even realising that there was a word for it!! Thanks for sharing chickie xx #HomeEtc

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      I didn’t see it last year but yeh, such a lovely concept and definitely something I’ve been doing all these years. Just nice to have a reminder to do more. x

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