Hygge: the new buzzword in the interior design world. You may well have noticed this odd term springing up everywhere – in the press, on the high street, perhaps on Instagram. Imported from Denmark (could this be Brexit backlash?), Hygge basically translates as a state of cosiness and calm.After a week of stormy weather and long days at the office, this sounds like just the right remedy to us.
Scandinavian design has long been celebrated for its clean and simple approach to modern living. Who doesn’t love the idea of creating a little haven at home, where you can relax and unwind. As Christmas approaches, we are definitely planning on snuggling up with some scented candles and a sheepskin rug. So how best to bring some of that Scandi warmth and calm into your home?

1) A log fire or wood burning stove

These aren’t the easiest to install, but once you have one it’s there for life. Plus, a wood burning stove can help you save on your energy bills, especially if you can source your wood at a reasonable rate.

[caption id="attachment_4603" align="aligncenter" width="821"]log burning stove Universal Fires & Stoves in Newcastle offer a good range of products[/caption]

2) Cosy textiles

Whether it’s a plush rug, a velvet sofa, or a knitted blanket, adding some soft and cosy fabrics to your home is just the ticket in winter. Think about your existing colour scheme and try to match or complement it. Grey shades and blush pinks work beautifully together and are very much on trend this season. Try this grey knitted throw, £100 from White Stuff together with our Eaton Sofa in dusky pink.

[caption id="attachment_4605" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Delcor Eaton Sofa and grey throw Delcor’s Eaton Sofa in pink and a grey knitted throw from White Stuff[/caption]

3) Scented candles

The Danes burn more candles per head than almost any other country in the world. We love the metallic lanterns available in many high street shops at the moment. Our showrooms usually have some in stock, or if you'd like to order online take a look at the range on nordichouse.co.uk.

[caption id="attachment_4606" align="aligncenter" width="900"]candle lanterns Lanterns available from Nordic House[/caption]

4) Board games

Hygge and the Scandinavian lifestyle embrace a back-to-basics approach. It’s about switching off technology and instead enjoying real life moments with loved ones. What better way to do this than a traditional board game. The perfect way to enjoy Christmas day… just don’t argue over who gets the top hat! This lovely wooden Nostalgia Monopoly edition is available from iwantoneofthose.com.

[caption id="attachment_4607" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Monopoly Nostalgia Monopoly from iwantoneofthose.com[/caption]

5) Create your own little hygge snug

Has your living room been taken over by teenagers on laptops? Is the cat sprawled out over half the sofa? Then create your own space in a comfortable corner. Pull up an armchair, footstool and a big, fluffy cushion. Settle down and enjoy your favourite book while they do their own thing. Delcor’s Windsor Armchair is an indulgent addition to any living room, and you can order it in a fabric to match your current furnishings.

[caption id="attachment_3450" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]cosy windsor armchair Windsor Armchair in grey velvet by Delcor[/caption]