The Danes led the way with ‘hygge’ but others followed suit by urging us to lock the front door, light the fire and swap our suits for fluffy socks. They say cwtch in Wales, lagom in Sweden and koselig in Norway. At Gordon & Co, we say get comfortable when it’s grim outside by following our top 5 cosy trends.
1. Let there be light - contrary to popular belief, hygge isn’t about making your home as dark as possible. Hygge is just as much about creating a peaceful, serene environment in which to get together with loved ones. With precious natural light in winter months, Nordic folk celebrates every hour of daytime they get, opening curtains for a full-on flow of light. You can achieve the same by opting for floor-to-ceiling windows, like those in this apartment for sale in SW6.
2. Get back to nature - hygge encourages us to get in touch with nature but not every day is made for long walks in the woods or mindfulness in the park. Instead, bring a slice of the outside in by using natural materials when decorating, with wood the obvious choice. This apartment in Fitzrovia ticks the boxes, with timber-clad walls and even an on-site sauna for when you really want to replicate the Nordic way of life.
3. Create atmosphere with candles - if there’s one thing that sums up hygge, it’s candlelight. Once the sun sets it’s time to create the soft, welcoming ambience only the flicker of a flame produces. Cluster candles together, use lanterns and opt for spruce or pine scents that evoke the feeling of mountainside charm. Candles also look great outdoors, so take inspiration from the hygge-friendly apartment for sale in City Road.
4. Make your fireplace a focal point - a lit fire is right up there in the hygge stakes so whether you have an open fireplace, a log burner or even a gas model, make sure everyone gathers around to bask in the warmth and glow. Fireplaces aren’t just for winter, however. You can fill your hearth with candles in the warmer months and a mantlepiece makes a brilliant year-round place to display fairy lights. We sell and let many homes with working fireplaces, such as this apartment near Elephant & Castle
5. Add a sense of history - stop if you’re about to rush out to Nordic House, Skandium or even Ikea! The Danes believe our everyday items are better if we have an emotional attachment to them or they tell a story. It could be vintage heirlooms or family hand-me-downs, just make sure you surround yourself with items that evoke memories or create a sense of happy nostalgia. Why not go all-out and live in a property that itself has a story to tell? This warehouse conversion on the banks of the Thames in SE1 has a rich history and ticks the natural materials box, with original beams and timber detailing