As winter draws in, now is a great time to focus attention on your home. Colder weather and darker nights mean that we spend more time hibernating indoors during the autumn and winter months, so adding that extra touch of cosiness and comfort is an important task.
The Danish have mastered this art of living cosily, known as ‘hygge’. The art of hygge is the perfect way to beat the winter blues that come with cold, dark nights. So, what does it mean?
“In essence, hygge means creating a nice, warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people around you.” – VisitDenmark.co.uk
Hygge allows us to enjoy the winter season by making the most of our living space, from snuggling on the sofa by candlelight to enjoying a great meal around the dinner table with family and friends.
Here are three simple ways to embrace autumn and add a touch of heart-warming hygge to your home.
Create a Snug Seating Space
The key to hygge is spending quality time with loved ones in a cosy and comfortable setting. To embrace the concept, you need an inviting area to gather with friends and family, whether its a dining table for weekend dinners or a cosy sofa that you can sink into for a cup of tea and conversation.
To create a snug and sociable seating area, first make sure there’s plenty of space for everyone to sit comfortably. Our Loreto Sofa is a spacious and stylish choice, while the Timothy Oulton Yeti Chair will add an interesting talking point to your living room.
Position your furniture around a central table such as the Vega Coffee Table to make conversation simple, and provide plenty of space for another hygge essential – great food and drinks!
Cosy up with Cushions & Throws
When its cold outside, there’s no better way to embrace hygge than snuggling up indoors. Who doesn’t love an evening of lounging at home with a warm blanket and a good book?
Make your living space as cosy as possible by updating your sofa with some comfy cushions and a throw. Denmark is renowned for its chic and contemporary home style, so to really get on board with their way of living, look for accessories that don’t just feel great but look great too. We love the Harvard Charcoal Cushion and Faux Fur Throw.
Fill Your Home with Light
With up to 17 hours of darkness per day in the depths of winter, lighting is an important part of hygge in Denmark. Danish homes are almost always filled with candles and soft lighting to create a lovely glow on an evening.
As the nights draw in, banish the darkness in your own home by adding extra ambient lighting in every room; light the fire, dot candles around your living space and invest in some stylish new table lamps to brighten dark corners.
No matter the style or size of your home, hygge is a simple yet satisfying concept to adopt. With just a few small changes, you can really enjoy your living space and embrace the delight of Danish cosiness this winter. Shop our range of furniture and home accessories online to get started.
How will you bring Hygge into your home this season?