How to Hygge your Home 

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If you’re in the UK, you’re in a national lockdown which means a lot of time at home, with a little walk here and there. It’s actually the perfect time to embrace ‘hygge’ a Danish concept from the 18th Century that they created because they were trying to survive boredom, cold, dark and sameness – probably something we’re all struggling with right now!

This doesn’t mean spending lots of money on getting the perfect Hygge home but instead embracing their simple core concepts. Danish are often said to be the happiest people in the world so here are some things you could try to create cosiness and joy in your home. 

What is Hygge? 

if you’ve heard of Hygge before (pronounced “hoo-gah”) you probably automatically think cosiness, and whilst this is true it’s also a lot more than that. It’s not an interior trend but more about creating a feeling and well-being. It’s about warm, cosy environments, intimacy, connecting with those you love, and finding pleasure in the small things. It’s about mindfulness and being in the moment.


Did you know that 80% of the items people keep are never used? There are lots of benefits for a good declutter, including better sleep and eliminating 40% of the housework! 

Danish homes are very simple and everything has it’s designated place. Danish people surround themselves with their favourite things to create a space where they feel comfortable and happy, which is a good prompt to check in with if you’re undecided on what to keep. You want to create rooms that are your haven, particularly your bedroom to help you switch off and relax better.

It can seem quite daunting to get started but it feels amazing once finished, especially if you can donate or sell things you no longer love, need or use.

Create cosy spots in your house 

Cosiness is one of the key concepts of Hygge, and is quite easy to do. It could be fluffy throws and cushions on your settees, hot chocolates, books and ambient lighting or lighting a candle in the evening. Candles are a great way to evoke cosiness in a home, especially ones that replicate the sound of a fire cracking. It’s also a way for you to carve time out for yourself and embrace cosy, quiet moments. 

Some ways I’ve added cosiness in my home is by wrapping my fire logs in twinkling fairy lights as we can’t light it and filling a wicker basket with lots of neutral throws and blankets.

Bring the outside in 

Nature is beautiful and even more so in a year where we’ve appreciated getting outside more than ever. By bringing a couple of plants, pampas or flowers into your home you could boost your mood, reduce stress and have something pretty to admire. This is a key way to find pleasure in small things.

Mix and match neutral tones 

Danish interiors is immediately recognised for its neutral palette, minimalism, curved furniture and functionality. Mixing neutral tones in the home is a great way to embrace Danish, Hygge interiors. Think beige, crisp whites, monochrome, and greys. You could do this with throws, cushions, bed linen, wicker baskets or towels. When we moved into our house, we decided to paint everywhere white from greens and purples. The problem with this is we felt it lacked personality, warmness and of course colour so we’ve embraced neutral tones and textures. You’ll be surprised how much it changes the look and feel of a room.

Be Grateful 

One of the nicest concepts of Hygge is contentment with what you have. There is always something that needs to be done in a home and with so many interior Instagram accounts it’s easy to compare yourself and what you have. Your home is yours and unique, and that’s pretty special!

Check out the Lockdown House for blogs on the home and wellbeing. 

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