As the love for our favourite Danish concept continues to spread across the globe here is a quick guide on how to make your home more hygge.
1. Candles. The first, probably cheapest and definitely the most simple way to create a cosy atmosphere at home is to use candles liberally. Here, more is definitely more. According to The European Candle association, each year Danes burn around 6 kilos of candle wax per person. Spending most of the Winter in darkness they know a thing or two about creating a warm ambience in the home. Make like a Dane and create little vignettes throughout your living space of varying sizes of candles. To avoid soot we recommend that you use 100% natural plant wax candles which can be found in our 'Candle' section of the store.
2. Create a cosy nook. Devote one (or more) little pocket of the home to an area where you can go for a moment of peace, sit and relax or maybe read a book. In this area you could have a comfortable seat, a blanket, maybe some cushions, a table with a lamp and some space to put down your drink.
3. Light a fire. In the age of heating at the click of a button, it may seem like an arduous task to light a fire but there is something spiritually soothing about the process of chopping your own wood, building and tending a fire and creating a warm, safe haven around the roaring flames. From an evolutionary perspective, sitting together around a fire was an important means of fostering social cohesion which, to this day, is a primal need to which we are all attuned. If you have a fire, light it.
4. Lamps. There is rarely anything cosy about the glaring, squint-inducing, wrinkle-enhancing light that beams down from the middle of the ceiling. Take inspiration from Danish culture and strategically place lamps at various spots around the room, paying attention to the wattage of the bulbs. In scientific terms and according to The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking, you are looking to create a light that is about 1800 k (kelvin) which is similar to the glow you get from sunsets, wood and candles.
5. Music. Playing soft and easy listening music creates the perfect, soothing backdrop to the relaxing tone of the rest of your home. Why not embrace the resurgence of vinyl and play some smooth jazz records?
6. Blankets. Nothing is more inviting than the sight of a cosy blanket, softly draped across a chair or bed. Snuggling up with a warm drink encased in a soft comforting fabric is the perfect antidote to a long and stressful day. Invest in good quality materials that are comfortable and heat adaptive, such as our Super Chunky Knit Merino Wool blankets from Saint Wools.
7. Share with friends. Hygge isn't only about the tangible atmosphere of the home, its a broader concept that encompasses conviviality and egalitarianism. If friends are coming over, have them bring a dish or better still, get them into the kitchen and share the joy of preparing a simple meal together. Cook, talk, eat, relax and enjoy each others company without stress for any individual.
8. Don't try too hard. In the words of Charlotte Abrahams, author of, Hygge: A Celebration of of simple pleasures. living the Danish way, 'Hygge is not about extravagance, indulgence yes, but extravagance, no.' You don't have to be rich to create a cosy home. The less fussy and 'show home', the better.
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