Today, with days growing shorter and temperature dropping, we consider ways to make your home a warm and welcoming retreat.
We have taken inspiration from our close neighbours in Denmark who have mastered the art of dealing with long dark winters and embraced what they call hygge (pronounced hue-guh), i.e a sense of cosy contentment brought about by enjoying life’s simple pleasures.
So, just for a moment imagine yourself, warm drink in hand, sitting in a comfy chair in front of a crackling fire.
As we’re all likely to be spending a lot of time at home over the next few months, here are a few ways to bring a little hygge into your life.
Mood Lighting – look to having a subdued, laid back vibe by opting for light fittings with warmer tones. Candles, tealights and lanterns are also great, but keep in mind the safety concerns associated with these.
Soft furnishings – comfort is key so go for cushions, fluffy blankets and hand-dyed fabrics preferably in muted or natural tones.
Indoor plants – the presence of plants promote better air quality in the home, key when you’ve got the windows closed to keep the warmth in and the cold out.
Comfort food and drink – Hygge’s not just about interiors and furnishings, the coming months are about soups, stews and warming drinks.
Switch off from the outside world – for a short time at least. Too many of us now spend our waking hours plugged in (especially if we work from home) but excessive screen time can affect sleep, posture, and vision.
Finally, whilst it may be cold and dark take the opportunity when you can to wrap up warm and spend time in a welcoming outdoor space. Outdoor heaters, heater-barbeques, fire pits and chimineas provide a chance to enjoy the great outdoors all year round.
Thanks for reading, embrace hygge and enjoy this time.