If you haven’t heard of hygge, you may have been living under an online rock.
Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is the newest craze that has swept the Great British nation all the way from Denmark. Hygge embodies a feeling rather than a word and it cannot be specifically translated.
It is the feeling of being utterly comfortable and cozy. It is is more than likely that you’ve experienced it without ever knowing it. Getting into your pyjamas with a cup of tea after a long day at work is hygge.
Speakers of Danish will know that ‘hygge’ is added to the beginning of simple words: a hyggekrog is a small corner or nook where you can cozy up – perhaps an armchair or a window seat.
Anything you associate as comfy or cozy is more than likely a huge part of hygge: candles, fireplaces, blankets, hot drinks, even rugs and curtains.
Also included in this feeling is food. A warming chocolate brownie, or some stodgy home-made casserole can make us feel warmth and satisfaction. Add some candles to your dining table and revel in the comfort.
Throws, blankets, cushions, rugs and curtains help to create coziness. Soft furnishings, funnily enough, soften a room. So grab your biggest jumper and a blanket, get the fire going and settle down to a good book or film.
Danes are amongst the happiest people in the world, and it’s not difficult to see why. All of these images convey comfort, happiness, warm winter nights and contentedness.
How can you embrace this new craze?
As mentioned above, it’s all about soft furnishings and luxury accessories, such as candles and reed diffusers. Enjoy some comfort food and drink all the tea and coffee you can manage. These candles from Trouve have been designed in Denmark especially for the occasion.
Hygge encompasses the ‘simple things’, so even having a 30 minute bubble bath, or a read of a book chapter before bed will have you feeling relaxed.
Will you be taking part in this 2017 craze?