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Hygge home

Embracing the Danish concept for a calm, comfortable and cosy home

by Louise Higgins
Words Louise Higgins

Hygge (pronounced ‘hue-gah’) is not simply an interior design style; it’s a ‘feeling’ that speaks to the soul and celebrates togetherness and relaxation. It derives from the Norwegian word ‘hugga’, which means ‘to comfort’, and is used to describe the feelings and moods associated with cosiness. The Danish adopted the word as their own, which goes a long way towards explaining why Denmark consistently ranks as one of the happiest countries in the world.

To implement hygge in your home, you first need to create serene spaces clear of clutter where you can appreciate life’s pleasures and embrace the contentment characteristic of Danish lifestyle and design – a convivial place for family meals, a cosy reading nook or a serene bathroom. Display items that have real meaning to you and that evoke happy memories. Appreciate your surroundings and be present and thankful for the comforts of your home, where you can enjoy friendship and family.

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