How hygge is your home? Hygge the Danish principle for living well and happiness, pronounced ‘hoo-gah’. The craze is spreading but no matter how sceptical you may be over the craze the main principles are worth considering. The concept is simple and just about reminding ourselves to appreciate the simple things in life, creating an atmosphere to create a feeling of happiness. Although there is no direct English translation, we have all experienced hygge moments we can relate to. Those memories of family gatherings on Christmas day, candles burning, feasting on festive treats, playing board games. Or on a stormy night, fire roaring, hot drink in your favourite mug, snuggling up in a comfy chair with a great book.

Similarities found with a ‘cwtch’ which we are so familiar with. We often forget its presence and importance in a Welsh home. A place of safety and comfort. The feeling of a warm embrace, providing reassurance with a familiar homely feel.

Your home the main focus for hygge. Considering lighting; Avoiding bright, harsh opting instead for soft lighting. Candles often lighting Danish homes to create a comforting atmosphere. Create warmth by adding throws and blankets to your living space. But don’t stop there incorporate tactile fabrics such as wools and velvets into your upholstered furniture and soft furnishings. Antique and vintage pieces act as a reminder of a bygone era and produce a feeling of nostalgia.

Making a few alterations can make a noticeable difference to the look and feel of a home.