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The Danish concept of ‘hygge’ (pronounced hue-guh) is taking the world by storm, and it’s hard to argue with its principles. You’ll often see a copy of The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living hiding in an Instagram pic or blog post. With a focus on living a cosier, more relaxed lifestyle it seems like an obvious thing to embrace in your home.
Comfy materials, beautiful textures and a huge focus on warmth make it the ideal way to forget about the world outside and let yourself recharge inside. Think hygge could be for you? Here’s how you can embrace it in your home.
Surround yourself with things that make you feel warm
It may still be summer, but autumn will soon be here. Those chilly evenings can creep up on you before you’ve even had a chance to get your home ready. Having textiles and beautiful home décor around you that promotes that warmth and happiness will make your home somewhere you can’t wait to get to after a tough day.
Hygge is being seen more and more like the antidote to all the negativity in the world, and by making your home a cosier environment – you can block it all out in your own happy place. Candles, woollen blankets and fluffy textures like sheepskin are affordable ways to transform your home and add in that warming factor.
Get crafty with wood
You don’t have to be a DIY expert to bring in some wooden elements into your home, and there are some easy fixes you can make that will give your home that Scandinavian look that will instantly feel more homely. Wooden crates used for storage or as decoration are an affordable and stylish way to make your home look more natural.
Wooden homewares are easy to find in places like Primark and supermarkets for a cost-effective upgrade and H&M is also a great place to adopt the trend.
Making your own wooden desktop is a great way to make your home look more hygge. Using a simple bit of timber that could be a worktop or similar sized (see George Hill Timber for some beautiful finishes) can give you a sturdy and chic workspace for blogging or crafting that also makes a stylish dressing table setup. Buying wood that is cut to size and finished will mean that there’s very little DIY involved, so you won’t need to rush out and by some expensive tools.
With hygge, there are no set rules – everyone’s interpretation of what makes them feel warm is different. You may find that a number of the things in your home are already doing a good job of keeping you warm and cosy and you just need to re-arrange to create that desired look. It’s also something you can take around with you to make you feel a bit brighter each day. Get set for the season ahead and transform your space into your own happy, cosy home.