Hygge has recently become talk of the town. Pronounced ‘hooga’, it is the Danish way of living that focuses on home, family and friends not things. Denmark has been consistently rated one of the happiest Countries in the world. They put this down to Hygge in large part. It is an atmosphere and experience. A cosy feeling of home. Creating a sanctuary with simple things that make us feel safe and comfortable. A heartwarming way of creating a space for optimum wellbeing. Hygge is in the heart and in the home.
If you want to recreate a Hygge atmosphere in your home having a fireplace or stove puts you at a great advantage. According to Meik Wiking, CEO of the happiness institute in Copenhagen, a fireplace is the headquarters of Hygge in the home. 30% of Danes have a stove or fireplace compared to only 3.5% in the UK. Why? Because in Denmark they understand that home is where the hearth is. It is somewhere to be at the end of the day and unwind to the flickering flames. Somewhere to sit on a cold winters evening and experience ultimate feelings of warmth and cosiness. Its somewhere to sit with our loved ones and connect in a comforting warm glow.
What else is on the essentials list that could make your stove space more Hygellig?
1. Candles – As essential as your wood burning stove. Placing candles on your hearth, mantelpiece or side tables enhances the mood lighting of your roaring fire.
2. Things made out of wood – Displaying your fire wood in a basket or as a beautiful stack is very hygge. Wooden candlesticks or ornaments, a small fireside table or bowl. Wood is simple and natural just like the concept of hygge.
3. Nature – Any piece of nature to adorn your fireplace or fire room will get the hygge green light. Twigs, folage, flowers and plants as decoration will enhance the atmosphere.
4. Books – Taking a break with a good book is cornerstone to the concept of hygge. Why not place a small book shelf in your room so that you can relax by the fire and enjoy the peace and quiet
5. Blankets and cushions –Comforting fireside fabrics are a must. Think chunky knits or soft fleece. Cosy cushions to rest against (with that favourite book and mug of course)
6. Togetherness – Stove side is a great place to entertain with pre or post dinner drinks (candles lit). Plan a family card game or take your glass of wine around the fire and connect.
7. Lamps – A hygellig addition to your fireplace. Placing a few low lighting table lamps around your wood burning stove or floor lamps in the corner of the room adds to the atmosphere of warmth and comfort.