Hygge (hue-gah) is the Danish word for “cozy”. It is also a word that describes the latest lifestyle trend to hit the US and UK.
Forget Shabby Chic, that’s so 2010! This winter it’s all about embracing The Hygge. Basically, this lifestyle trend is about quiet living, cozy living, and anything that makes someone feel snug and warm. Hot cocoa, warm socks, cashmere blankets, crackling fireplaces, warm scarves, hats and mittens when walking in snow—these are all examples of hygge living. It’s a new and popular trend that ought to last awhile because it touches on those warm feelings that all humans seem to desire in winter months.
You’re probably already doing it.
The trend itself is something that really is unique to the human experiencing it. For some it can be keeping the spirit of Christmas alive, for others its candles and a good book to read. Most people are already hygge-ing and don’t even know it. Adding the marshmallows to the cocoa, buying fuzzy socks, or baking something just for the smell are all little ways that people are participating in this trend. For many the spirit of hygge is about cherishing the little things in life, and that is something a lot of people look for in a world that feels uncertain and turbulent.
Ways of incorporating the spirit of hygge into your current lifestyle.
There are many ways to incorporate the concept into your current lifestyle. It could be carving out a cozy space in your home and redecorating it. It might be hosting a puzzle party with hot cocoa and spiced cider or finding a cozy coffee or tea shop to relax in. Hygge is a concept more than a style. Whatever makes you feel warm, cozy, and toasty is probably hygge.
But it’s also a style.
Hygge is also a style of furnishings and home design that is rustic, warm, worn, and cozy. Warm wooden furnishings, leather couches, blankets in warm, earthy colors are all hygge. Candles that are scented like baked goods or pine needles are hygge. Fuzzy anything is also hygge. If it looks like you’re living in a warm Hobbit home, you’re living The Hygge.