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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

How To Hygge

Hannah Barnes

If you’ve yet to hear of Denmark’s most recent export; the concept of hygge, then you’ve probably been living under a rock or orbiting the planet on a solo space mission. But, never fear; I’ve fallen in love with this concept, so you’re about to hear all about it. Apparently, we’re happy to adopt Denmark’s customs here in the UK, just so long as they don’t have the audacity to try and cross our borders.

That aside, Great Britain has been embracing the cosy, comfortable, perfectly autumnal vibes hygge offers and it’s easy to see why. Hygge is now everywhere, but I first heard about it from a friend and I've been embracing it ever since. This is a concept that really appeals to me and when hibernation season is in full flow, what better way to get ready for winter than to hygge your home?  

Here are a few lazy girl inspired ways to can hygge your home (without having to move too much).

1.       Dim the lights

     Candles and fairy lights are a brilliant way to inject a little hygge into your home and it’s likely you already have a fair few lying around. Group candles together on old place mats, scatter tea lights across window sills and string some fairy lights up across curtain rails or shelving. Then switch off your main lighting and hunker down for some relaxation.

    2.       Soften things up

      Get your hands on as many blankets, throws, cushions, pillows and lounge wear items as you can, preferably in calming, neutral or dusky shades. Scatter and drape these across sofas, armchairs and even the floor to create a wall to wall soft space. Pop on your cosy lounge wear and jump on in.

    3.       Add a little heat

Personally, I’ve already passed the annual point of no return with my central heating - luxuriously allowing myself whole days of centrally heated happiness (now I’ve worked out what all the dials mean). If you’re still shivering in your slipper socks, celebrate your new union with Denmark by taking the plunge.

    4.       Treat Yourself

Whether your vice is vino or coffee, a decadent hot chocolate or a big bowl of just popped popcorn, set yourself up in your newly hygged home with your favourite treat and leave the guilt out in the cold.

The word hygge actually translates to a contented feeling of cosyness and is an easy concept to capture in everyday life. For me, it’s that feeling you get when you’re snuggled up inside and the rain is hammering down at your windows. Whether with friends, family or a good book a little hygge can go a long way to help improve your well being – as well as giving you the perfect excuse to enjoy doing absolutely nothing for a while.  

Let me know how you hygge in the comments section. 

Hannah Barnes / Author & Editor

I keep myself busy with my small business; The Loft Gifts, the period poverty charity I run; The Crimson Wave, writing here and for vaious platforms and a growing menagerie of household pets.


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