Hygge is a Nordic concept of slowing down, getting cozy and taking pleasure from the simple things in life. Up in North, the winter is cold, dark and long. To survive the heavy winter, we create homes where the body can feel warm and the soul can rest.
Hygge is what makes life beautiful. It’s what gets us through challenges and allows light in to illuminate the shadows. Hygge helps us to slow down our life.
This is your life. You have the freedom to make a lot of choices. We are not alone. Hygge is to create space alone and together with family and friends. It is to open our home for the people we love. If there are people you don’t love, that you need to have in your life – is it a way you can open up your eyes and accept yourself for not be able to love?
5 steps to create hygge in your home:
#01 Light more Candles
In the Nordic countries more candles per head than anywhere else in Europe. and it’s not hard to see why. The warm glow of a candle simply can’t be replaced by artificial lighting; it’s about creating an inviting atmosphere and developing a soft, kinder form of light that’s perfect for relaxing and socializing – two things that we do well here up in North.
#02 Stay in bed
There’s nothing better, or more luxurious, than spending an extra hour or two in bed. Luckily, hygge encourages this concept, whether it’s enjoying a Sunday doze, reading the morning paper, or having breakfast in bed. Create a cozy space to snuggle up in with plenty of layers – pile on the quilts, blankets, and pillows for an indulgent place to relax
#03 Create a Hygge krok
A ‘Hygge krok’ is a corner in your home where you just feel comfortable. It’s a place where you fill with candles, pillows, blankets (if you live in a cold climate). It’s that special place where you let go of the worries, and can just bee. Where there is no electronic, no television, no phone, it is just you and your fellows that you want to spend quality time with.
#04 Banish clutter
There’s a reason Japanese organization guru Marie Kondo has sold millions of copies of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – so many of us desire a mess-free home, and none more so than the Danes. To truly embrace hygge, invest in clever storage solutions that can hide away any unwanted visual clutter to create a serene space.
#05 Create a spa-style sanctuary
Rather than a rushing for a quick shower in the morning, make sure your bathroom is a place for rest and rejuvenation. The trend for spa-style bathrooms is on the rise with even saunas – a favorite among Scandinavians – becoming more common in bathrooms across the globe. Simple is often best, however, and nothing beats a soak in a steaming hot bath. Invest in candles, fluffy bath robes, clever storage, good lighting and even a sound system to make your experience as relaxing as possible.