Are us Brits really in tune with hygge?
Hygge was big last autumn/winter and we all embraced the vibe, but secretly have us Brits always enjoyed being cosy at home anyway?
As a nation, we’ve shared a passion for Scandinavian culture for a fair few years now, with everything from flat-pack furniture, meatballs and dark, dark, dark crime thrillers taking our fancy.
Now new research earlier this year by Everest Home Improvements (www.everest.co.uk) found that while many of us may be unfamiliar with the meaning of the Danish word hygge, just under a quarter (22 per cent) of those surveyed said they understood it.
Hygge focuses on the little things in life that make us feel cosy and content.
More than a third of those questioned (38 per cent) by Everest said that nice scents create a feeling of hygge in their homes, while two out of five (40 per cent) said natural light is important.
Nearly a quarter of respondents (23 per cent) light a fire or log burner to help them feel contented and almost a third (32 per cent) like candlelight. Bringing natural elements into the house, such as flowers and pine cones, creates hygge for three in ten of us (29 per cent).
TV psychologist, Emma Kenny says: “Human beings crave feelings of security and belonging, two attributes that happy homes offer, and the Danish term ‘hygge’ encapsulates this feeling of cosiness and contentment, which can only be achieved when we are fully at ease and feel warm and safe.
“Our homes are not simply bricks and mortar; they are the foundation and embodiment of personal sanctuary, a space where we truly feel ourselves.
“Making our homes a little piece of personal perfection is really good for improving wellbeing and there are numerous studies that have evidenced how the way we organise and look after our homes can make us feel really positive about our personal worlds. In fact, taking time to add those extra special features can really enhance the way we feel about the spaces we inhabit, and in return enhance our lives.”
So how cosy is your home this autumn? May be take an audit and get some super soft blankets in!