Since Autumn last year, the wonder of hygge has taken the world by storm. The Danish lifestyle trend has transformed your usual winter into an extremely instagrammable, warm and cosy season that everyone wants to incorporate into their own lifestyles and homes. With so many people adopting this exciting trend, it’s leaving the rest of us wondering how we can get involved. Here’s a brief summary of everything you need to know when it comes to the hygge living hype…
First Things First, Pronunciation
Hygge is a Danish term that can’t actually be translated into one English word. Whilst it may not directly translate into a specific word, the word hygge means to be cosy and happy. Along with meaning cosy and happy, the term also refers to making the most of the simplest things, with a strong message that less really is more. To many, the word hygge looks like it would be pronounced ‘hi-gee’, however, the real way to pronounce this Danish word is ‘hoo-ga’, which is actually very different.
What is Hygge?
Many people experience hygge every day, whether that’s snuggling under a thick cosy blanket with a hot chocolate, watching your favourite film. Or, reading a good book whilst wrapped up in soft joggers and an oversized hoodie. Being cosy and content is the main focus of hygge, with many people now incorporating this Danish trend into their interiors and lifestyles. It’s becoming very easy to adopt this new trend, as more and more stores within the interior market are starting to introduce a touch of hygge to their displays.
The moment you enter a room with a hygge décor style, you’ll instantly feel a warm and welcoming vibe. Hygge interiors are a mixture of thick materials, dark oak furniture and simplistic décor that creates a minimalistic look. The main aim with hygge interiors is to create a welcoming feel throughout the home, without overcrowding or introducing too much to the room. You can find a whole selection of complete kitchen tours and complete home tours on YouTube to give you a feel for how others are adapting to a hygge décor style, and how they’re incorporating it into their own homes.
If you’re a fan of hot chocolates, chunky knit blankets, slipper socks and marshmallows, then hygge is the perfect lifestyle trend for you. The moment those colder evenings roll in, you can wrap yourself up nice and warm, light a selection of scented candles and relax in the comfort of your own home. Living a lifestyle with a touch of hygge is extremely comforting and cosy, which in turn makes the dullness of winter fade away and replaces it with a warm and welcoming feel that likes you in a positive mindset.
That’s Very Hygge…
Hygge is a trend that the Danish embrace all year around, especially due to the cold weather conditions they experience from day to day. Whilst the most popular hygge features for us are hot drinks, cosy clothing and thick blankets, the Danish have many more hygge elements that make it even more special to them. Candles are one thing that the Danish love, and they’re also extremely hygge. They don’t get their light from the yellow-tinted lights within the room, their lighting source is the beautiful glow of candlelight, which adds much more character and warmth to the room. You also find that the Danish are always likely to have a grand fireplace in their homes, as this serves as another perfect way to keep the interiors warm and welcoming, the hygge way!