What is hygge and 5 ways to ‘do’ it

5-ways-to-hygge-3Hygge is the Danish way of living that is sweeping the UK. Pronounced ‘hoo-gah’,  there isn’t any direct translation into English but it basically means cosying up, creating a warm and friendly atmosphere and enjoying the good and simple things in life.

If you think about a cold winter’s evening, with the fire burning, candles lit and a mug of hot chocolate surrounded by the people, you love then you have nailed it. But it also works in the summer too – a picnic with friends in the park or even just taking the time to read a good book.

The term originally comes from Norway where it meant something along the lines of ‘well being’ and it is this essence that the Danes have latched on to. And they are some of the happiest people in the world so it is worth giving a go right?

Here are my five simple ways of integrating some hygge in to your life this season.

5 ways to hygge

Light candles

5-ways-to-hygge-2Image: The White Company

Candles are intrinsic to hygge. Have at least one lit at all times (but the more the better), whether it is during your family breakfast, when you are in the bath or reading a good book.

My absolute favourites are this Diptyque candle, all of the lovely Neom candles and not least The White Company’s Winter beauty which I shall be burning every day from November onwards.

Eat comfort food (especially pastries)

The Danes get through a remarkable 10 kilos of pastries each year, including Tebirkes (poppy seed rolls) and Wienerbrød.

This is one we can all get on board with. Put aside the clean eating for a moment and have a cake. We all need balance after all.

Spend time with friends and family

Invite your closest friends and family round for an intimate supper, easy going conversation and some hunkering down in front of a lit fire. In hygge, you don’t discuss topics that will have opposing viewpoints such as politics, but rather keep it simple, relaxing and supportive.

Dress warmly

The Danish dress appropriately for the cold weather – layering up in warm clothing which is predominantly monochrome. I am loving this cashmere rollneck dress, this oversize check scarf  and these cashmere blend tights for the winter months.

Make your home cosy


Light the fire, switch on the table lamps and snuggle up in a warm blanket.

I am dreaming of being wrapped in one of these beautiful throws, lounging on my delicious velvet sofa under the glow of this amazing pineapple lamp!

I already love all of these things, and will be actively trying to add more hygge to my lifestyle over the coming months.

Will you be giving it a go?

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  1. Ann Worledge
    October 24, 2016 / 11:02 am

    Hi Claire x lovely post x enlightened my knowledge on the danish style ! White Company certainly have it sewn up very well!

    • greeneyed
      October 29, 2016 / 7:18 pm

      Hi Ann, thank you and I know, they do don’t they! As if I needed another excuse to spend all my money in there!! Claire x

    • greeneyed
      October 29, 2016 / 7:20 pm

      You are welcome Judith! I am definiteley going to be doing even more once the clocks are changed! Claire x

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