The Danes and their Nordic neighbours place much emphasis on the home, not just because their long, harsh winters dictate that they spend a lot of their time here, but also because the home – in a hygge sense – truly is where the heart is. It is in the home that we can truly be ourselves and enjoy the company of those we love and who love us in return.
In The Little Book of Hygge, Meik Wiking writes, “Hygge is trying to build in elements of simple pleasures, relaxation, comfort, gratitude and togetherness on a daily basis.” And this then is what you need to think of when creating a hygge home.
When you walk through the door, do you feel instant pleasure and gratitude that this place is your home?
Does it represent who you are and what makes you happy?
These are some of the questions you need to ask yourself before you start turfing out your old sofa and sprucing up your place with sleek Scandinavian design. In other words, to bring hygge into your home you need to start with how your home currently makes you feel and how you want it to make you feel.
The true spirit of a hygge home is how comfortable, safe, happy, grounded and grateful those you regularly spend time in it are.