Last week it seemed to snow everywhere, from the islands of Greece to the streets of London. So, whilst the flakes fall and we spend more time inside, we ask ourselves, what is this hygge business and why do we want it in our lives, not least our living space?
Hygge, pronounced “hue-gah”, is a Danish ritual. It is a mood, a feeling, an atmosphere. It is the enjoyment of life’s simple pleasures. Hygge is a sense of warmth and comfort.
So how can you create this? Well on these dark January nights, hygge can be invoked by a lit candle on your coffee table, the first sip of a hot chocolate, a cosy sofa blanket, or by the crackling warmth of a log fire - if you live in a city apartment, you can finally make use of that “log fire” app on most smart TVs these days!
Hygge is also about friendship and family. It is the fun of gathering your nearest and dearest around a table and sitting for hours, whilst eating, drinking and chatting away without a care in the world for the dismal weather outside. So look for a table that can become the focal point and social hub of your dining room or kitchen.
If the Danes are the so-called happiest people in the world, maybe hygge is what the British have been waiting for?