So autumn is upon us, the nights are drawing in and ‘Hygge’ is the buzz word on everyone’s lips. It originates from Denmark, is pronounced ‘hoo-ga’ and roughly translates as a sense of cosiness, togetherness and relaxation. I love the simplicity of the concept; it focuses on warm surroundings, time spent with others, and existing in the moment – all against a background of chic Scandi style.
For me, a big part of hygge is getting cosy indoors. This means digging out blankets and throws, cluttering every available surface with candles, and indulging my obsession with fairly lights. You don’t need to spend any money to create a sense of hygge, though. It’s all about enjoying the basic things in life, whether that be a simple yet hearty meal with friends or snuggling up on mountains of cushions in your warmest pyjamas and watching the rain lash down outside.
Of course if you were searching for an excuse to splash out a little, then you could check out the items below. Add any of these to your space to create a comfortable and nurturing environment as you batten down the hatches for the chillier days to come.
Oliver Bonas have just added this cocktail cup to their collection and it’s currently reduced from £19 to £12. I love the contrast of the blue with the copper finish. It’s just crying out to be filled with steaming hot toddies and cider and rum punch to help keep the cold at bay during those long winter nights.
This retro-style table from IKEA is perfect if you’re looking to add a splash of scandi-style to your home and the price only adds to the appeal – at just £40 there’s no excuse not to snap one up from your nearest store.How about this lovely cushion cover from H&M Home for £6.99? Midnight blues are where it’s at this autumn and combined with plush velvet this will add softness and depth to your space without dominating the existing decor.
Now, if you’re in the mood to splash out, nothing says hygge like this gorgeous Gaston lamp, £85 from Loaf. It has a stunning aged, mottled finish and such an elegant shape. With a low wattage light bulb it creates a gorgeous glow and is ideal for brightening up those dark corners. I’ve just given in and bought one myself after at least a year of drooling over images on their website.
Faux fur throws are perfect if you’re looking to create a space worth hibernating in. Drape this over an armchair, curl up in it with a hot chocolate or place it over your duvet to add an extra layer of warmth. This one’s from Debenhams and costs £120.
Finally, this casserole dish, £49 from ProCook, is great for creating the lovely aromas of a home cooked meal that add to the sense of comfort and homeliness that underpin hygge. Brown off some meat, chuck in some veggies and a good slug of red wine, leave to simmer for a few hours and serve with some torn and buttered french bread. You’ll have a meal fit for a king (or at least your closest friends, who – let’s face it – are much less likely to comment on your cooking skills).
I hope this has been useful in inspiring your interiors plans this autumn. What do you do to create a sense of hygge in your home?