Get Cosy This Winter With Hygge In The Home

Winter is truly here and rather than be consumed by the early morning and early evening darkness,  I like, in true Hygge fashion, to add lights wherever I can to take away the gloom and make things warm and snug.

If you are prone to depression and anxiety, as I am, there is something to be said for staving off the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder and add the light back to lift the mood wherever you can.

Personally, I always love putting up the Christmas fairy lights and hate it when I have to take them down so I love all things ‘Hygge’.

In case you’re wondering, Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special.

It’s a quality you can easily create at home so I’ve put together a list of Hygge essentials so that you’ll be cosy all through the long winter months.

A comfy ‘nook’

Whilst you may not have a window seat or a library with a roaring open fire (my personal dream), you can create your own ‘nook’ to snuggle in by adding soft lighting, cushions and perhaps a blanket to any corner you care to call your own.

What better place to snuggle up with a book (or your Kindle) and a mug of hot chocolate and let time drift.  We parents can all dream!

A fireplace

There is nothing like a real fire but how many of us have that luxury.  I suppose a flame effect electric fire may be as close as some of us get but it’s still on my list.

Lighting

While you may not have a real fire, these days there is a huge choice in lighting, both indoor and out, to suit all budgets.  Whether you’re a fan of twinkly fairy lights, uplighters or stand-alone lamps, these days there are loads of options to suit all budgets.

And, now that the leaves have fallen and the trees in the garden are looking bare, why not add some sparkle to them with strings of LED lights from Lights4you.co.uk? Outdoor lights aren’t just for Christmas.

Candles

An even quicker way to add cosiness and atmosphere is, of course, to use candles or tealights.  Place them in vintage teacups, stand them on mirrors for reflected sparkle or go ‘posh’ with a candelabra.  Whatever your choice, don’t forget to make sure they’re all properly extinguished – and keep them away from kids and pets.

Things fashioned from nature

In Meik Wiking’s book “The Little Book Of Hygge – The Danish Way To Live Well”, he suggests that things made from wood take us back to nature, as does adding displays featuring leaves, nuts and twigs.

Whether it’s a superb piece of wooden furniture (perhaps antique, perhaps upcycled), wooden toys for the children or wooden flooring, there is just something about wood that has a simple, natural appeal.

My personal choice?  An antique grandfather clock.

Books

Now although I love my Kindle, it will never replace print copy books.  There is something about reading a much loved classic novel in a leatherbound cover, a beautifully illustrated children’s story or even a cookery book that a Kindle just can’t replace.

Ceramics

In these days of one-use plastic, it’s time for a resurgence in proper, reusable crockery.  You don’t have to buy new.  Antique shops, car boot sales and charity shops are all treasure troves of quirky mugs, plates and teaware.  Your sets don’t have to match either.

Textiles

Readers of this blog will know that the husband is ‘anti-cushion’ whereas I think you can never have too many.  What quicker way to add some cosy than a range of cushions featuring your favourite fabrics – velvet, satin, silk, faux fur – the choice is endless.

Ditto throws and blankets.  We keep them over the back of our sofas so the kids can snuggle under them when it’s chilly or they’re tired.

Whether or not Hygge is a trend here in the UK is debatable but the concept has much to teach us about living well, living simply and enjoying each others’ company.

To quote Meik Wiking – “Hygge is about feeling safe.  Hence, Hygge is an indicator that you trust the ones you are with and where you are”.

What could be better?

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  1. Antonia Richardson
    10 November, 2019 / 10:36 pm

    love the LED String Lights Colour Changing 10mtr

  2. Amy Jo mclellan
    10 November, 2019 / 9:16 pm

    I love the LED Icicle Light Warm White Static Starter Kit!

  3. Melissa Lee
    10 November, 2019 / 9:14 pm

    I love the LED String Lights Large Bulb Warm White – they would be so perfect for my garden

  4. Tammy Neal
    10 November, 2019 / 8:45 pm

    LED White icicle lights

  5. Sallyanne Rose
    10 November, 2019 / 7:48 pm

    the LED colour changing string lights would be my favourite choice

  6. MANDY DOHERTY
    10 November, 2019 / 7:28 pm

    The LED String Light Ice White LED’s

  7. Alice Gilkes
    10 November, 2019 / 7:17 pm

    My favourite lighting choice would be the LED Icicle Light Ice White Flashing Starter Kit 3mtr.

  8. Ruth Wollerton
    10 November, 2019 / 7:13 pm

    Love the large bulb string lights to make my garden … de-LIGHT-ful. Thanks for the chance xxx

  9. Denise walton
    10 November, 2019 / 3:58 pm

    I love the outdoor icicle lights

  10. Amanda Gregory
    10 November, 2019 / 1:44 pm

    LED Icicle Ice White LED’s Multifunction 4mtr Set are fabulous.

  11. Susan Smith
    10 November, 2019 / 1:39 pm

    The LED Icicle light warm white flashing starter kit, been wanting something like this for years, but never get round to buying them, so perhaps this year

  12. Adrian Bold
    10 November, 2019 / 3:52 am

    LED White icicle lights

  13. Mark Whittaker
    10 November, 2019 / 3:31 am

    I like the LED Cluster Lights. A real feature.

  14. Troy Easton
    9 November, 2019 / 7:40 pm

    It has to be theLED Icicle Light Warm White Flashing Starter Kit 3mtr.

  15. Hannah Rowley
    9 November, 2019 / 4:31 pm

    I love the LED White icicle lights

  16. Emily Smith
    9 November, 2019 / 2:55 pm

    The Icicle Lights are lovely

  17. Kirsty Taylor
    9 November, 2019 / 2:32 pm

    My favourite is the LED Icicle Lights Warm White LED’s Multifunction 4mtr Set – they’d look great on my house

  18. greig spencer
    9 November, 2019 / 11:44 am

    Led string lights warm light xxxx

  19. Amy Bondoc
    9 November, 2019 / 11:33 am

    I love the LED colour changing string lights and the icicle lights

  20. Sophie Roberts
    9 November, 2019 / 9:18 am

    I absolutely love the LED String Light Ice White LED’s Static lights to put on our tree in the front garden!

  21. Corinne Fisher
    9 November, 2019 / 9:09 am

    Would love these LED Icicle Light Warm White Flashing Starter Kit 3mtr and the section kits for my garden.

  22. Meryl Thomas
    9 November, 2019 / 4:38 am

    I like the icicle lights for Christmas

  23. Laura Norcop
    9 November, 2019 / 12:05 am

    The LED colour changing string lights are my faves x

  24. Sylvia Paul
    8 November, 2019 / 9:44 pm

    The LED String Lights Colour Changing lights are so pretty

  25. Kim Neville
    8 November, 2019 / 5:07 pm

    I like the Icicle lights

  26. paula cheadle
    8 November, 2019 / 12:59 pm

    the LED colour changing string lights would be my favourite choice

  27. Anthea Holloway
    7 November, 2019 / 4:31 pm

    I love the LED colour changing string lights.

  28. Christine Caple
    7 November, 2019 / 11:43 am

    I like the LED Cluster Lights

  29. Rich Tyler
    7 November, 2019 / 11:03 am

    Icicle Lights

  30. donna l jones
    6 November, 2019 / 8:49 pm

    Led string lights warm light

  31. Gary Topley
    6 November, 2019 / 6:14 pm

    I like the LED String Lights Colour Changing. Thankyou for the competition x

  32. Liz Slade
    6 November, 2019 / 1:06 pm

    We need some of those colour changing lights for our garden grotto

  33. Cathryn Crawshaw
    6 November, 2019 / 7:25 am

    Led string lights warm light

  34. Kat Allinson
    5 November, 2019 / 8:46 pm

    I really like the LED String Lights Ice White LED’s Static 30mtr set, they’d look great around my patio wall

  35. Lynn Neal
    5 November, 2019 / 4:46 pm

    Led string lights warm light!

  36. Andrea Upton
    5 November, 2019 / 3:54 pm

    The Icicle lights are lovely would be great for Christmas

  37. James Travis
    5 November, 2019 / 3:04 pm

    I like the Icicle Lights

  38. 5 November, 2019 / 2:05 pm

    LED String Light Ice White LED’s Static 20mtr Starter Kit

  39. 5 November, 2019 / 2:05 pm

    LED String Light Ice White LED’s Static 20mtr Starter Kit

  40. Georgina Prince
    5 November, 2019 / 11:59 am

    I really like the LED String Lights Ice White LED’s Static 30mtr set, they would look lovely around a tree lit up for Christmas x

  41. Stephanie keill
    5 November, 2019 / 9:38 am

    LED Cluster Light Warm White LED’s Static 2.5mtrs Set

  42. Caroles
    4 November, 2019 / 9:37 pm

    Love the Icicle Lights

  43. Lisa Wilkinson
    3 November, 2019 / 9:44 pm

    I like the LED Cluster Light Warm White LED’s Twinkling 2.5mtr Set

  44. Zoe Milligan
    3 November, 2019 / 9:02 pm

    Love the icicle lights very festive, but my little girl would be amazed at colourful lights!

  45. claire griffiths
    3 November, 2019 / 7:21 pm

    i love the LED Icicle Lights Warm White LED’s beautiful

  46. Mel Pennie
    3 November, 2019 / 2:02 pm

    Some lovely lights on their site but I really like the LED String Lights Colour Changing 10mtr which would look beautiful when lit up and wrapped around the branches of our garden tree.

  47. Patricia Avery
    2 November, 2019 / 7:10 pm

    I really like the LED String with Ice White LEDs It would look great round one of our apple trees

  48. Megan Kinsey
    2 November, 2019 / 9:09 am

    I really like the LED Cluster Light Warm White LED’s Twinkling 2.5mtr Set, they create such a nice, warm effect.

  49. Jemma Dwyer
    1 November, 2019 / 8:40 pm

    the ice white LED strings, they are lovely 😀

  50. Tanya
    1 November, 2019 / 5:16 pm

    Loving the icicle lights ?

  51. Nadia Josephine
    31 October, 2019 / 4:20 pm

    I love the icicle lights they looks so festive and christmassy! The LED ones are great too. I love them all really!

  52. judy kennedy
    31 October, 2019 / 4:01 pm

    LED String with Ice White LEDs Static 15mtr Section very pretty

  53. 31 October, 2019 / 1:53 pm

    I love the ice white LED strings, they look really effective.

  54. 31 October, 2019 / 12:24 pm

    The icicle lights would be great for winter, but I love the idea of using the multicolored string to create a Stranger Things-esque wall

  55. Carole Nott
    30 October, 2019 / 10:04 pm

    I like the LED String Lights Colour Changing 10mtr set – these would look so good on my patio

  56. Sarah-Jane Carter
    30 October, 2019 / 1:36 pm

    LED Cluster Light Warm White LED’s Twinkling 2.5mtr Set

  57. Caroline Tinsley
    29 October, 2019 / 2:25 pm

    I love the colour changing lights!

  58. Jennifer Toal
    28 October, 2019 / 6:20 am

    The LED string lights

  59. Alison Johnson
    27 October, 2019 / 8:40 pm

    I like the LED String Lights Colour Changing 10mtr set which would fit round the outside of our conservatory xx

  60. Ruth Harwood
    27 October, 2019 / 8:51 am

    love the ice white LEDs for Christmas!

  61. Allan Fullarton
    26 October, 2019 / 1:10 pm

    LED String Lights Ice White LED’s Static 30mtr set looks great.

  62. Pam Smith
    26 October, 2019 / 9:18 am

    The LED String Lights with Large Bulbs in Ice White

  63. Jennifer Piercy
    26 October, 2019 / 8:53 am

    I love Christmas time the lights make me happy as it makes it all look so magical. I would love to make my garden look just as magical all year round.

  64. Deanie Gillies
    25 October, 2019 / 10:19 pm

    I love the LED String Lights Large Bulb Ice White 10mtr set.. I would need a few sets but I’d love them for our new fencing. Lighting would finish our garden off perfectly. They are a really good price too!

  65. Shelley Jessup
    25 October, 2019 / 8:57 pm

    I would love the LED String Light Warm White LED’s Static 20mtr Set so I can put them all over my trees in my garden as I think it looks absolutely beautiful.

  66. Sarah Morris
    25 October, 2019 / 5:00 pm

    The string light warm lights would look lovely y in my garden

  67. Stephanie Coals
    25 October, 2019 / 2:56 pm

    the LED String Light Warm White LED’s Flashing Set would be absolutely great for the garden

  68. Alica
    25 October, 2019 / 2:47 pm

    I really love the icicle string lights!

  69. Julia Kerr
    24 October, 2019 / 9:45 pm

    I really like the LED String Lights Ice White LED’s Static 30mtr set

  70. Louise Reeks
    24 October, 2019 / 8:12 pm

    LED String Light Warm White LED’s Static 20mtr Set as supplied to Costco
    Are my fav

  71. Fiona jk42
    23 October, 2019 / 9:55 pm

    I would love some of the icicle lights, not sure if I’d go for the warm white or ice white

  72. stephen holman
    23 October, 2019 / 8:55 pm

    the LED String Light Warm White LED’s Flashing Set would be fantastic for the back garden

  73. Dan Gavin-Mills
    23 October, 2019 / 11:20 am

    Fabulous lighting!

  74. Justine Meyer
    23 October, 2019 / 10:39 am

    I like theice white string lights

  75. Ursula Hunt
    23 October, 2019 / 10:39 am

    I like the LED String Lights Ice White LED’s Static 30mtr set for my garden

  76. charlotte isobelle
    23 October, 2019 / 10:03 am

    i love the warm white icicle lights for xmas!

  77. Margaret Clarkson
    23 October, 2019 / 9:35 am

    LED String Light with Warm White LED Static

  78. Donna Loxton
    23 October, 2019 / 7:07 am

    LED String with Ice White LEDs Static 15mtr Section are my favourite lights.

  79. Rebecca Sutton
    22 October, 2019 / 10:37 pm

    I like the LED String Lights Large Bulb Ice White 10mtr set, they would look great at my house

  80. Corinne Henson
    22 October, 2019 / 9:45 pm

    I like the led string light large bulb warm white 10 mtr set

  81. john prendergast
    22 October, 2019 / 9:44 pm

    I like the LED Icicle Light Warm White

  82. Natalie Burgess
    22 October, 2019 / 8:53 pm

    The icicle lights xx

  83. Ellen Stafford
    22 October, 2019 / 8:40 pm

    I love the icicle lights.

  84. Susie Wilkinson
    22 October, 2019 / 8:33 pm

    I love the LED String Lights Colour Changing 10mtr set

  85. fiona waterworth
    22 October, 2019 / 8:15 pm

    I like these as our street is very poorly lit, LED Cluster Lights Ice White LED’s

  86. Andrea Fletcher
    22 October, 2019 / 7:57 pm

    I like the LED icicle lights in warm white.

  87. Sheena Batey
    22 October, 2019 / 7:25 pm

    I love the LED twinkling cluster lights in Warm White

  88. Twirlywhirly
    22 October, 2019 / 7:08 pm

    The indoor fairy lights are fab for any celebration at home, fab selection

  89. Tracy Hanley
    22 October, 2019 / 7:00 pm

    I like the LED Icicle Lights Warm White

  90. Gerri Tennant
    22 October, 2019 / 6:50 pm

    I love the warm light LED’s, so magical at Christmas.

  91. james jordan
    22 October, 2019 / 6:45 pm

    Fantastic Prize ? keeping my fingers crossed ? Wow ?

  92. Susan Pointon
    22 October, 2019 / 6:33 pm

    Fantastic!!! I’ve been looking at getting some lighting for outside in my back garden as it gets quite dark out there at night and I can’t see where my dog has wandered off to ?

  93. Lorna Ledger
    22 October, 2019 / 6:26 pm

    LED String Light Warm White LED’s Static 20mtr Starter Kit – for the front bushes, it would look so warming!

  94. Margaret Gallagher
    22 October, 2019 / 6:13 pm

    LED String Lights Ice White LED’s Static 30mtr set great selection

  95. donna skelton
    22 October, 2019 / 6:01 pm

    multifunction icicle lights

  96. kris mc
    22 October, 2019 / 5:16 pm

    Tough choice but id have to say the icicle lights, they r super cute

  97. Catherine S
    22 October, 2019 / 4:52 pm

    I like the LED String Lights Large Bulb Warm White 10mtr set

  98. Susan B
    22 October, 2019 / 4:37 pm

    The LED String Lights Large Bulb Warm White 10mtr set would be perfect for us.

  99. Joanne dawkins
    22 October, 2019 / 4:33 pm

    The LED String Lights Large Bulb Warm White 10mtr set. These would be amazing for evenings in the garden!

  100. amy simpson
    22 October, 2019 / 4:19 pm

    LED Icicle Ice White LED’s Multifunction 4mtr

  101. Ani Costa
    22 October, 2019 / 4:13 pm

    Ooooh I love the LED Icicle Lights, just in time for the winter season!

  102. Anam
    22 October, 2019 / 3:25 pm

    loving the LED icicle lights! How stunning

  103. Claire Nutman
    22 October, 2019 / 3:14 pm

    LED String Lights Large Bulb Ice White 10mtr set

  104. Annabel Greaves
    22 October, 2019 / 2:56 pm

    I love the LED String Light Warm White LED’s Flashing 20mtr Set

  105. Annaloa Hilmarsdottir
    22 October, 2019 / 2:54 pm

    i LOVE SOME FLASHING LED LIGHTS TO BRIGHTEN THE WINTER GLOOM

  106. 22 October, 2019 / 2:42 pm

    The led string lights with the large bulb would look great on my gazebo

  107. Kathleen marsden
    22 October, 2019 / 2:39 pm

    Love the LED Icicle Lights Ice White LED Multifunction 6mtr Set as supplied to Costco

  108. JaiGee
    22 October, 2019 / 1:53 pm

    Could be doing with lighting up my flat n life a bit more! 🙂

  109. Stephanie Lear
    22 October, 2019 / 1:34 pm

    I would love for the string light colour changing looks so lovely and Christmassy

  110. humble stu
    22 October, 2019 / 1:34 pm

    This is awesome.

  111. Karen Barrett
    22 October, 2019 / 1:10 pm

    LED String Lights Ice White LED’s Static 30mtr set

  112. Iain maciver
    22 October, 2019 / 1:06 pm

    love some icicle lights

  113. Sandra Fortune
    22 October, 2019 / 12:22 pm

    I love the Icicle outdoor lights

  114. Priscilla Stubbs
    22 October, 2019 / 9:37 am

    I love the LED Stringlight warm White LEDs Flashing 20 mtr set

  115. Solange
    22 October, 2019 / 8:38 am

    I like the LED String Light Warm White LED’s Flashing 20mtr Set.

  116. Terrie-Ann Wright
    22 October, 2019 / 7:27 am

    I love the white large bulb LED lights as think these can be enjoyed all year round.

  117. Tracy Nixon
    22 October, 2019 / 3:38 am

    I love their indoor plug in fairy light and have bought several sets!

  118. MARIA ROGERS
    21 October, 2019 / 11:02 pm

    I would love some icicle lights as I have just moved into a bungalow overlooking a park and they would look great hanging from the fascia

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