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The Hygge Guide

The Scandinavian word ‘Hygge’ (pronounced ‘huugueh’) is one of those words with no exact translation. It describes a feeling of cosiness, harmony, relaxation. Some say it’s the art of creating intimacy, warmth and contentment in any given moment. Hygge is about slowing down, creating cosiness, connecting with loved ones and enjoying life’s simple pleasures. It’s a hug without the hugging.

In today’s busy world, it’s important to stay connected with ourselves and the people around us, be clear about our life goals and consciously make time to enjoy the little things. By embracing the concept of hygge, you’re doing just that.

The Hygge Guide guides you through the elements of hygge and shows you ways to embrace the hygge concept.

Cosy Home

Your home is your shelter, your safe haven, your escape from the world and the place where you recharge yourself. Make it as cosy as you can.

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Comfy Clothing

Slipping into your favourite home outfit is a great way to leave a busy day behind you. Comfy clothes help you get into lower gear and unwind instantly.

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Eating & Drinking

Savouring a hot drink on a cold day, sipping wine at sunset, sharing pastries with friends… Hygge is all about indulgence when it comes to food.

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Togetherness

Sharing moments with family and friends is an important factor when it comes to happiness. It creates a feeling of belonging.

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Arts & Crafts

Nothing is more fulfilling than creating something with your hands. Activities like knitting, woodwork or painting are great ways to achieve mindfulness.

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Nature

Being in nature and enjoying all that it has to offer is very hygge. Sunbeams on your face, beautiful flowers in the garden, snow storms raging outside…

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Mindset

Your attitude towards life has a major impact on your ability to see and embrace your blessings. Be grateful, be positive…and celebrate!

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Moments

The smallest moments are the most hygge. You can’t plan them all, but you can certainly inspire them. Here’s a whole hygge-kit of inspiration.

About Hygge

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How to

Wondering how to apply some hygge to your daily, weekly or monthly routines? Practical tips and hygge challenges to help you get started.

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Books

There are lovely books written about the subject of hygge, but reading itself is also a very hygge activity. Find a whole list of suggestions on what to read.

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Audio/video

Want to hear what the experts have to say about hygge, learn how to pronounce it or listen to some nature sounds? Check it out here.

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Good News

Feel a bit depressed from all the bad news that’s out there in the media? There’s good news too! Maybe these good news sites will cheer you up.

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Characteristics of a Hygge Spot

We realize that the definition of a hygge place may vary slightly from person to person. However, as a guideline we use the following characteristics that are generally considered hygge.

Basic lighting
Basic lighting is the light you turn on when you enter the space. The light spreads evenly and doesn’t create too much effect or contrast. Think ceiling lamps, hanging lamps and build-in spots.


Atmospheric lighting
Atmospheric lighting is for creating…atmosphere. It’s a soft, indirect light that spreads throughout the space. This is called diffused light. Use different heights of atmospheric lighting for optimal results, for example table lamps, floor lamps and wall lamps.


Functional lighting
Functional lighting is focused light that enables you to see what you’re doing. It’s the light above your dinner table, the reading lamp next to your lazy chair and the spots above your kitchen sink.


Accent lighting
Accent lighting is used to single out a specific object or place and focus attention on it. This could be a painting or an architectonic detail.


Decorative lighting
Decorative lighting is about the esthetics of the armature itself. Lighting the space is not its purpose; it’s just there for the effect. Most of these light sources have little light output and stand out because of their appearance. Fireplaces and candles are also decorative lighting.

Hygge is the art of creating warmth, coziness and contentment in any given moment.

Hygge Hytte  means 'cozy cottage', a place where you can unwind and recharge.