Hygge – The Danish way to live well

Nov 20, 2017 | Anoushka's Blog, Interior design and decoration

There are many ways to define Hygge, and you may have heard this concept talked about a lot of late, Neale Whitaker even mentioned it several times in the last series of The Block. But what does Hygge (pronounced Hue-gah) actually mean? Well, I’ve done much reading on the subject and my take on it is that it means to be in the moment and to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. I read Meik Wikings book on Hygge, he is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and he spent years studying the magic of Danish life. He talks about the concept of Hygge the early 1800’s where the word is actually Norwegian in origin and back then it simply meant ‘wellbeing’.

So why am I talking about this here? Well I believe any kind of interpretation on the Hygge way of living is necessary in this world of chaos that we find ourselves in.  There are many things that can create a Hygge experience that are beneficial to our wellbeing and much of this can be easily incorporated in our homes. So if you’re interested in building a healthier, calmer and happier life and home, here are my takeaways from Meik Wiking on becoming more hygellig.

  • Every Hygellig home needs a nook. This is a space where you can snuggle up in on a cold evening or a Sunday afternoon. Somewhere comfortable, with cushions and a blanket, soft lighting and good light in the daytime.

  • Candles are the most important accessory when it comes to creating a Hygge And I’m not just talking one on your coffee table. Scatter several in your main living area, perhaps a couple in your bathroom and one or two in your bedroom. And burn them! Soft candle light is perfect for creating the Hygge atmosphere.

  • A fireplace is also very conducive to creating this atmosphere, a room feels instantly warm and cosy when the fire is going.

  • Include plenty of timber furniture, flooring and décor. Or in fact anything that’s close to nature. Be generous with plants, flowers, and natural materials.

  • Shelves filled with books create a pause point in your home. Taking a break with a book is the corner stone of a Hygge experience.

  • Surround yourself with things that are textural and tactile, cushions and throws, vintage pieces, handmade ceramics. Things with history and that are personal to you. This all creates cosiness and that feeling of comfort and home.

And finally share all of the above with great food and good wine with your family and friends. There’s no better Hygge experience than all of the above experienced with a gathering of your loved ones. Showing gratitude for each other and savouring this experience that is a Hygge life!

NOTE: Images used under Fair Use, and the above commentary is a personal view and not commercial in nature, and were sourced from a variety of online sources and personal archives.

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