But there are ways to winter-proof your home by adding cosy elements. Hygge (pronounced HOO-gah) is a recent export from Denmark and literally means cosiness.
Anointed as the latest lifestyle trend, hygge is inspiring everything from designer wallpaper to luxury tea blends.
There’s a reason why Denmark is constantly rated as one of the top 10 happiest countries in the world – it could all be down to hygge. So, to share in the happiness, we’ve gone in search of five things you can do to bring hygge into your home (and life).
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Hygge encompasses three factors: cosiness, relaxation and creating a feeling like you’re in a safe place. Think fluffy woollen textures and warm tones that appeal to your sense of calmness.
Light a candle
For a cosy effect, use surfaces at varying heights when placing lighted candles, says Signe Johansen, author of How to Hygge. She also suggests experimenting with window ledges and bookshelves.
Simplicity is key
Scandinavian decor is known for its minimalist approach. But there’s no need to go all Ikea with your interior. The key is to invest in pieces that spark emotions of joy.
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House plants are finding favour again, and it could be partly thanks to hygge. Homeowners are now bringing the outdoors in with gorgeous potted plants and succulents.
Find your happy place
For many it’s seen as just another trend, but for thousands of Danes hygge is a lifestyle choice. Danish Ambassador Lars Gert Lose once said “Hygge is part of our DNA.” Countless books have been written about it, with one of the most read being The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking.