How to Hygge your Home for Autumn

Autumn and Hygge are a match made in heaven similar to bangers & mash, Tom & Jerry or Ross & Rachel. In this blog post I’m going to explain why and also give you tips on How to Hygge your Home for Autumn. So at this stage we have probably all heard of the word ‘Hygge’ (pronounced hoo-gah) but what exactly does it mean? 


Hygge is defined in the Oxford English dictionary as “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture)” Basically the feelings of happiness and contentment you get from enjoying the simple things in life such as meeting friends for a walk, lighting candles or enjoying a hot drink.


With the inevitable change in weather that autumn brings and the shortening of the days it is the perfect time to try introduce some hygge into your daily routine. Follow these top tips to learn how to bring more hygge into your home.

1.Candles: Is there anything nicer than lighing your favourite scented candle and sitting back to enjoy it? Candles are the perfect companion for dark Autumn evenings to create a cosy atmosphere. Why not light some candles in the bathroom the next time you are having a bath to create an added layer of relaxation? Or make your evening meal into an occasion by lighting some candlesticks. 


2.Light the fire: if you have a working fireplace or stove then having a fire lit is guaranteed to give you a feeling of hygge. Electrical fires or gas fires will do the trick too. Curling up in front of the fire with a good book has got to be one of the best things about this time of year.


3.Throws and rugs: adding throws or blankets to a living-room space really encourages people to snuggle up under them while watching TV or a movie. What could be more hygge? Especially if the weather is miserable outside! Rugs bring instant warmth to any space and make floors much more comfortable to walk on when barefoot. 


4.Cushions: these are essential to create an inviting seating area especially if the sofa and armchairs are made from leather. The cushions add warmth to contrast the cold appearance. Children often like to sit or lie on the floor so having a few oversized cushions will make the space more comfortable for them. 


5.Lighting: having layers of lighting is really important to create hygge in your home. This means that in addition to the main ceiling lights you also have floor lamps and table lamps. When watching a movie you will be able to turn off the main lights and create more atmosphere with the use of the floor or table lamps. 


6.Board games: having some classic board games like Snakes & Ladders, draughts, Ludo or Monopoly in your home is always a good idea. Spending time as a family that doesn’t involve TV is essential. Try not to get too competitive though!!


7.Get baking: If you enjoy it then spending time in the kitchen trying out a new recipe is another way to create a feeling of hygge. Children especially love to help out so why not involve them in decorating some cupcakes or gingerbread men!

Now that you know How to Hygge your Home for Autumn it’s time to enjoy it. Grab a good book, a nice cup of hot chocolate, light some candles, relax and learn to embrace the changing season. 

picture of many lit candles
cosy picture of fluffy cushions, book,warm drink