5 Steps To Create Hygge At Home

After my recent review of The Little Book of Hygge (which you can read here), I have been thinking a lot about how I can create a more hygge in my own home. I already have an abundance of blankets and books so I have done a little research into what you can do to have a more hyggelig home. There are a lot of different interpretations and opinions out there, so I have put together what I believe are the best 5 ways to add that extra bit of cosy, happy and safe vibe in your home.

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Step 1- Get the right lighting. Hygge is all about soft, warm and natural lighting, to create a homely and cosy atmosphere. This is a great excuse (not that I need one) to get the candles out for dinner or reading in the late afternoon. If you have one, then light the fire, or create the same effect with an electric one. Use table lamps or dimmed lights instead of harsh, bright overhead lighting.

Step 2- Decor and furniture. Natural materials are much more hyggelig than plastic or syhthetic, so stick to real wood furniture. Vintage or second hand is also a great way to add a homely feel, as well as being good for the environment. Also bringing the outdoors inside is good for the soul, so add some house plants and go foraging for some pine cones or driftwood to decorate with.

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Step 3- Food & drink. Hot drinks and indulgent food will add to a hyggelig evening. So when you have visitors pop the kettle on and get the cake or biscuits out. Also the Danes are big on lingering, so if you have a dinner party, take your time with your meal and enjoy the evening, dont jump up straight away and start the washing up!

Step 4- Slow down. We live such a fast paced life so taking the time to slow down and relax will help you enjoy the hygge in your home. Spend an hour or two reading on a Sunday afternoon, pop on a Disney film with the kids and get the popcorn out. Take an hour out of your day to sit and play with your little one or have a cup of tea and catch up with a friend. If you have friends or family round, get the board games out and make sure to stay off your  phones as much as possible.

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Step 5- Contentment. Spending time and enjoying the company of others is a great way to create a hygge home, its not always about having expensive furniture or a perfectly tidy, clean home. In fact, guests will feel more comfortable in a little bit of mess than a pristine home, if they are terrified of touching anything or spilling something then it will be hard for them, or you, to relax.

Being content with your home and belongings is important to create hygge, it doesn’t matter on the size or location, or how much you’ve spent on your furniture or decor. A loved home, where you feel happy and safe and guests feel relaxed and welcome is more hygge than a large mansion with no soul.

As long as you have some candles, tea and biscuits, you don’t need much else!

The Little Book Of Hygge- Book Review

You have most likely seen the word ‘Hygge’ (pronounced hue-gah) online somewhere in the past few months, there has been a recent hype concerning the Danish word Hygge and the meaning behind it.

Ive read online that the English translation to Hygge is ‘cosy togetherness’. Now, I am all about the cosiness, so I thought I would do a little research and find out some more. dsc_4631

I found ‘The Little Book Of Hygge‘ online and put it on my Christmas list, the hubby did his job well and stuck to my list!

The author, Meik Wiking, is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen (doesnt this sound like the best job in the world?!) and has spent years studying the Danish way of life, Hygge and, of course, happiness! So, if I’m going to get some tips on how to add a little Hygge to my life, then I think he’s the man to listen to.

I have read a lot of self-help and business style books, but I thought this one would would be good as a lighter read to start the year with. I was right, and my only regret is that I didn’t pick it up last year, so I could make the most of all the cosy Hygge tips over the winter months and Christmas.

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Reading this book, I didn’t have any profound, life changing epiphanies, but it has slightly changed the way I look at certain elements of my lifestyle, helped me appreciate the Hygge moments I already have and inspired me to create more.

Without giving too much away, the main elements of Hygge I have taken from the book are:

  • Cosiness- Curling up with a blanket, some warm socks, a good book and a hot drink
  • Lighting- Candle light, fireside light, natural window lighting, its all about subtle & relaxing
  • Food & drink- Hot drinks (coffee, hot chocolate,tea) and something indulgent like cake or fancy chocolates
  • Home- Being safe and warm in your favourite place with the people you love
  • Togetherness- Spending quality time with your closest friends and family

dsc_4649One of my favourite parts of the book was when the author talks about different languages and unique phrases from around the world, this is where I found myself annoying the hubby most, as I read certain parts out loud (he really hates it when I do this, but sometimes you just have to share!) I had a real giggle reading some of these, such as the French saying ‘rire dans sa barbe’ which means, ‘to laugh in your beard, quietly, while thinking about something from the past’.

If you are looking for a book that will change your life, you may want to keep looking, but if youre looking for something that will give you a lovely little warm feeling in your heart, then this is the one for you.

Most of all, it made me realise (even more than I did before) just how much I love to be cosy & warm, to feel safe and loved and that this brings me a lot of happiness. It has also helped me to see that this isnt always just acheived by curling udsc_4636p at home on your own, but by sharing quality time and experiences with the people you love.
‘Hygge’ is now my new favourite word, I have even decided to change the light in our living room to create a much more relaxing, soft glow of light. Instead of the current harsh, bright exposed bulb shining right above our heads; this is not very ‘hyggelig’ at all!