Hygge: The Danish Lifestyle Concept to Adopt This Autumn

As it becomes more inevitable than ever that we will be spending the majority of the winter months approaching in our homes, it has never been more important to ensure that the environment is one you love being in.

The Danish do just this - lockdown or no lockdown - placing utmost importance on the home environment being warm and cosy with a wonderful ambience- or ‘hygge’.

Hygge is both a noun and adjective used to describe a way of life, derived from the Norwegian word for well-being. It has spread far beyond Danish borders in the last few years, being the hottest home décor trend of 2017, and was the Collins Word of the Year in 2016 (second only to Brexit).

Hygge homes have fires burning alongside sofas hugged by gorgeously soft throw blankets, tables topped with comfort food, good wine and most importantly… candles.

If you ask a Danish person, they're likely to tell you that candles are the most important part of creating a hygge atmosphere at home. Danes burn over 13 pounds of candle wax a year per capita – far more than any other country in the world. So turn off that unflattering overhead lamp and light some candles.