'Hygge' is good for you. There was a time when it seemed like the homeware trend on these shores and then the world moved on but in Denmark, it's much more deep-rooted. It's a fundamental part of the culture and it's a pastime that we have come to whole heartedly embrace.
To us it means: consciously taking time to enjoy simple pleasures.
This can be many different things. Hanging out with friends or family, appreciating the great outdoors, eating something delicious. But what makes it 'hygge' is taking the time to savour the moment and appreciating how special it is.
In our view, hygge is best enjoyed in the home. Perhaps because it's easier to create the perfect 'hyggelig' environment - one that is peaceful, soothing and cosy.
There are a couple of key ingredients for getting this just right.
It's got to be soft. If possible, it would the kind of light that needs the flick of a match rather than a switch. Candles are viewed as an essential purchase in Scandinavian house-holds. Most have candle plates and candles are burned throughout the year, not just in the dark gloomy depths of winter. Of course, they don't need to be scented but just like a spray of perfume or aftershave invigorates the mind, scented candles waft a little magic helping to destress and calm it.
We have yet to find anything to beat the range by Skandinavisk. See for yourself!
There is a reason that people touch textiles in the showroom even when its the pattern they are commenting on. The sense of touch is a highly effective way to slow down and de-stress. A blanket that is big enough to snuggle under is particularly effective as the slight weight that applies itself to your body creates a kind of feeling of hibernation that allows your mind to switch off. The most popular one we stock is the Tindra from Lina Johansson. It's perfect for hygge time!
Scandinavians are SERIOUS consumers of coffee and many make up a flask in the morning to see them through...to lunch. But a hot drink works for hygge because it has to be sipped. You have to take it slow if you don't want to scorch your mouth. It warms the hands and the throat and provides great comfort. Making hot chocolate means the little ones can join in the 'hygge time' too.
So... turn the telly off, leave your phone in another room and enjoy a little tranquility. Make it your weekly pledge to carve out a little 'hygge time' and reflect on how you feel.
Pretty good, we reckon.
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