It’s safe to say that this is the year of hygge; a Danish word which, although can’t be translated into English directly, is used to describe the art of having a warm, cosy and relaxed time, taking care of yourself and spending time with those you love.
Hygge is the art of having a warm, cosy and relaxed time, taking care of yourself and spending time with those you love.
More of a feeling and lifestyle than one particular ‘thing’, hygge (pronounced hue-gah) can mean indulging in a hot chocolate surrounded by cosy throws, enjoying a hearty family meal surrounded by all your loved ones, or soaking in a candlelit bath with a delicious glass of wine.
It’s the things that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and though an integral part of Danish living all year round, really kicks in during the autumn and winter months.
In her new book Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness, Marie Tourell Søderberg explains: ‘Hygge is for everyone, whoever you are, wherever you are.’
‘You experience it when you are able to be fully present in the moment, and feel content and at ease. Hygge often happens when you are together with the people closest to you, your nearest and dearest; people with whom you can be open and sincere with, where you don't have to pretend to be anything besides who you are.’
With Brits taking a keener than ever interest in just what makes the Danes so happy (studies regularly find the people of Denmark to be the happiest and most content in the world), hygge is now taking the UK by storm.
Intrigued? Here’s how to set about creating a hygge-inspired home.
Hygge and candles go hand in hand, and you’ll see plenty of flickering flames around Copenhagen throughout the winter months. Pop tea lights into these Scandi-style wooden holders, or go for indulgence with the jewel tealight holder.
Turn your bathroom into a home spa
There’s nothing quite like a relaxing soak in a warm bubble bath. Fill your shelf with bubbles and bath salts to soothe aching muscles, light some candles (of course), and wrap up in a big fluffy bath towel afterwards.
Get some cosy throws
Change your bed linen
Is there anything better than slipping into bed between freshly changed sheets? Keep your bedroom cosy with crisp sheets and soft quilt covers (the new George collection is beautiful), but don’t forget your hot water bottle!
Make room for family meals
Danish culture puts family at the top of the priority list, and so eating meals together is a key part of life. Gather your own family around the dining table to make evening meals the best part of the day. If you need recipe ideas, we’ve got plenty!
Feeling inspired? Shop the George Autumn 2016 homes range at Asda.com.