When the winters turn cold and dark, there’s nothing more satisfying than putting on a warm, woolly jumper and getting cosy by the fire with a hot cup of tea or mulled wine. In Denmark they have a word for this, “hygge”, which roughly translates as “cosiness”, and this is a concept that Danish people apply to their everyday lives, helping them become the world’s happiest country.
We recently found an interesting article on BBC News about how Morley College in central London is teaching its Danish language students about “hygge” (pronounced “hoo-ga”).
As Denmark suffers from long, cold winters with up to 17 hours of darkness a day, people stay indoors more so the Danish make sure their homes are relaxing and cosy spaces where they can entertain and forget the stresses of everyday life.
We love this concept and think that hygge can easily be incorporated into the interior design of any home to create an intimate and comforting Scandi style space. Start small by lighting candles or using your fireplace to add light and warmth to your room on a dark evening. You can also incorporate warm and cosy textiles such as rugs, blankets and throws in wool and faux fur to add further hygge appeal.
Our Camaro Heritage Oak look (below) is a great example of “hygge” in the home. Here’s a few accessories that we found which will help you recreate this warm and cosy living room in time for Christmas.
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