What Is Hygge?
Hygge, (pronounced hoo-gah) is a word that can loosely be translated as ‘being in a state of cosiness or comfort’. Think of sitting by the fire with some treats, and that’s hygge. The word’s origin is Norwegian, but the Danes have made it their own. While hygge is a verb, hyggeligt is used to describe something that helps you achieve hygge. In Denmark, it’s a great compliment to say to your host that your evening with them was hyggeligt.
How Can I Create Hygge?
Meik Wiking, a Danish expert on happiness and author of ‘The Little Book of Hygge’, explains that the elements that go into creating hygge are quite simple.
Treating yourself is the key – food and drink that hyggeligt include cake, coffee and sweets. Lighting plays an important part – particularly light from candles.
Warm decor and wooden flooring helps make a home hyggeligt. Natural colours and textures for the soft furnishings, coupled with white, dark or black laminate flooring from online outlets such as https://www.woodfloorwarehouse.co.uk/laminate-flooring/black.html are good ways of creating the effect.
But hygge isn’t just about cocooning yourself in a cosy spot. The best way to hygge is with your family or friends, indoors or outdoors. It’s about achieving the state of cosiness – physically, socially and emotionally. The Danes, it seems, have got it right.