The word ‘hygge’ is everywhere. But what is it, how do you pronounce it and most importantly, how on earth do you achieve it? We’ve got the low-down here…
Hygge (rhymes with nougat) is the word on everyone’s lips, once the pronunciation has been mastered, that is. Roughly translated from Danish, ‘hygge’ describes a feeling of cosiness and togetherness that can come from creating a warm, snug and welcoming environment. Whether it’s reading a book by candlelight, or chatting and laughing with friends and family over a piece of cake, we’re all over hygge and can’t wait to bring more of it into our homes with these cosy crafts.
Danes are rumoured to be some of the largest consumers of candles in Europe, and we can see why. Adding votives to your room is one of the quickest ways to achieve a warm and cosy atmosphere – we think these paper house lanterns are just adorable.
A hygge home is filled with comfort and often, a 'hyggekrog' (hygge corner). Decide on your space and update it with blankets, lamps and faux fur rugs – don't forget these cosy cushions, either.
Spending quality time with your friends and family is most definitely hygge. Why not invite them over and bake them a sweet or savoury treat? Tuck in and revel in the art of good conversation and laughter – it's the simple things in life that truly matter.
Get (tea) cosy
For the ultimate comfort, there's nothing we love more than putting on a cosy knit and a pair of socks. Give your kettle the same treatment and rustle up a fetching pullover for your pot. Hot drinks are so hygge!
This Scandi-inspired throw also doubles up as a trendy wall hanging. Chances are, once you've spent an afternoon snuggling beneath it reading a good book, there'll be no parting with it.
Hug in a mug
Hand-knitted items are huge in Denmark and knitting is the perfect hobby for switching off and getting cosy. In addition to keeping your hands warm, these knitted treats will ramp up your crockery's hygge vibes.
Weave yourself happy
Adding texture to your home is a great way to make it more hygge – and we simply love this wall hanging. Experiment with different colours, according to your personal taste and style.
Handcrafted items can add a homely touch to your interiors in an instant. Delight in the homemade by making some of these cute candle holders.
Too busy to develop your creative ideas? That's not hygge. Slow down, and approach your goals in a mindful way. This hand-stitched scrapbook project will give you the space, and respect, that your inspiration deserves.
Bring the outside in
A brisk, wintry walk can work wonders for the soul, as can bringing plants and greenery into your home. The next time you put on your walking boots, gather some twigs, leaves and berries and have a go at crafting with nature – use this rustic sconce as your inspiration.
For more hygge tips, check out our four-page hygge special in the December issue of Homemaker, out Friday 11th November.