A touch of Hygge is in order to stay cosy this winter
As the temperature drops and the days get shorter, the pace of life for UK homeowners takes a noticeable dip as we try to apply some Hygge to our lives, according to new research by VELUX.
Nearly two thirds (65%) of UK homeowners admit that their pace of life is slower during the winter compared to the summer. That gentler pace of life is perhaps due to the fact that more than 8 in 10 (84%) UK homeowners spend more time indoors at home during the winter compared to the summer.
Given the move from outdoors to indoors, homeowners are increasingly looking to realise the potential of their homes for winter by making a number of lifestyle and interior changes which are more synonymous with the well-known Danish trend of Hygge. Pronounced 'hue-guh', this is the Danish coined phrase that can be translated simply as 'cosiness' in English.
More than half (54%) of us indulge in more comfort food, while just under a third (30%) tend to go to bed earlier. Other hunkering habits include using more rugs and throws around the house (32%), and using more candles around the house (25%).
As homeowners prepare to get cosy at home, VELUX has teamed up with interior design influencer Hege in France to offer some top tips on creating some Hygge happiness at home.
Grant Sneddon, product manager from VELUX says the way we live in our homes has changed significantly over recent years.
He said: “As the nights draw in, our homes take on even more significance to the quality of our lives. Given the amount of time we spend indoors during the winter months, we like to try to create an environment that is warming and cosy. It’s all part of an increased desire by homeowners to turn their homes into sanctuaries, and invest in creating spaces that make a positive impact on our lives. That’s why trends like Hygge, from our company homeland in Denmark, have really caught on in the UK in recent years.”
UK-based interior design blogger and stylist, Hege Morris of Hege in France, shares how you can create some hygge happiness in your home.
She said: “Mood lighting is essential to the hygge philosophy. Candles and cosy blankets are a must when we want to create a warm atmosphere in our homes. Hygge is much more than that though. It is about spending time together, maybe bake a cake or play a board game. It's all about simple pleasures and enjoying each other’s company, friends or family. Put phones and tablets away and have fun together.”
Hege’s top 10 ways to create Hygge at home
1) Heat things up – a flickering fire makes a space feel intimate, cosy and warm. If you don’t have a fire, recreate the same feeling with different sized candles. Combine cheap tea lights with more luxurious scents like cinnamon and vanilla.
2) Bring the outdoors in – natural sunlight enhances our senses so connect your home to your garden. Nature is innately relaxing and stress-busting, so position some greenery by your window and enjoy the autumnal colours.
3) Use every space – got a gap under your stairs? Turn it into a library. Got a loft you’ve never used? Turn it into a tranquil relaxation room. Make the most of the space you have.
4) Get smart – put phones and tablets away but technology is still our secret weapon in making a space cosy. Use music to set the right mood throughout your home…and it must be relaxing.
5) Take up a hobby – knitting has a slow, steady rhythm that helps you focus in a laid back, calming way. Or you could try baking, painting or making something homemade.
6) Snuggle up – go wild with socks, jumpers, hats and scarves. Thick, woolly clothes are very hygge and an absolute must in autumn and winter.
7) Entertain – start a new tradition with friends and family you enjoy being around. Organise regular get togethers to spend quality time together.
8) Get the right lighting – make good use of lamps, dimmer switches and candles when it gets dark. It will create a warmer light that feels cosy and comforting.
9) Indulge – when the nights get darker and the days colder it’s normal to crave comfort food. Enjoy the simple pleasures of delicious food and treat yourself to some cake or a glass of red wine.
10) Less is more – cosy spaces tend to be small so tidy away any items that aren’t needed and make way for candles, a throw and a good book.