Hygge: what does it mean and how can you have a hygge home?

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Hygge is normally translated as cosiness in English. But it’s much, much more than this, it’s the art of being cosy – and for Danes who practice hygge, the concept is more of a way of life than simply snuggling up under an extra blanket.

“Hygge means: ‘creating a nice, warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people around you.’” – Visit Denmark website

Hygge is also about Danes doing battle with winter. Did you know that during winter, in Denmark, there can be up to 17 hours of darkness a day – with temperatures at an average 0ºC? Brrrr! But, hygge isn’t only something that can be practiced in winter. You can still get your hygge on in summer by going for a bike ride with friends, or for a picnic in the park.

Top tips for having a hygge home

Master the art of cosy by following these top three tips for a hygge home.

1. Invite your friends over

There’s very much a social element to hygge. Sure, you can have as many scented candles and scatter cushions in your home as you like in your home, but it’s about more than that. It’s the feeling of being comfortable and at home with your friends and family. So, go on, invite your Auntie Jan and Uncle Dave round and pop the kettle on!

2. Set your Cosy heating modes to the right temperatures for you

One way of making hygge possible in your home is by setting each of your three heating modes (Comfy, Cosy and Slumber) to the perfect temperatures for you. We can’t all have indoor saunas and wood-burning fires in our homes, but with Cosy you can control the temperature of your home so that you feel cosy whenever (and in whichever room) you want to be.

3. Don’t forget the hygge-licious food and drink!

Embracing the art of hygge also means making sure you have some hearty comfort food and warming drinks to hand. Think slow-cooked stews and hot chocolates (with extra marshmallows, of course!) for the full experience. Mmmm.

Tempted to give hygge a go?

We’d love to hear how you plan to embrace hygge this winter. Pop your suggestions in the box below. We look forward to hearing from you – not to mention, trying your ideas out for ourselves!