The definition of hygge (are you ready to get cozy?)

October 21, 2020

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Tabitha Dumas

Do you feel like you just want to light a candle, pour yourself a mug of cocoa and cozy up under a soft blanket with your favorite book? Then you are already embracing the hygge concept. If you haven’t heard of it, I’m thrilled to introduce you to hygge. Fall and winter is the perfect time to learn the definition of hygge and incorporate the concept into your daily routine and your home.

Pronounced “hue-guh” (NOT “hoo-gah” as I thought–but correct me if I’m wrong!).

Definition: a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).

The Danish hygge might derive from Old Norse words meaning “mind” or “embrace” (which could make it related to the English “hug”).

Hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people.

Who doesn’t need more of that??

Here are some hygge spaces. If this appeals to you, then hygge might be for you!

A hygge bedroom.

It’s simple enough to add the lights, pillows, a book and a hot beverage. I love the rug and the blanket, too!

Baths are very hygge! I like the chocolates and the rose petals.

A bit more rustic. That sign is too funny!

Hygge bathroom

Sign on Etsy here.

More elegant but still hygge.

A hygge bedroom/office.

Hygee porches. A little boho, definitely eclectic.

This one is more traditional but still embraces the definition of hygge.

The definition of hygge from Tabitha Dumas. A very hygge porch!

This is a very hygge room. Notice the blankets and pillows, candlelight, plants, soft textures and warm colors. It feels like a hug!

The definition of hygge from Tabitha Dumas. A very hygge room!

Read Nesting with Grace for great battery operated candle ideas!

I also love the idea of creating a hygge nook like this one. Pillows, blankets, candles, sunshine, natural elements, something to read…all you need is some spiced cider.

A hygge meal would be simple, hearty and, of course, cozy. I picture stew, bread you tear off the loaf and a good red wine.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention hygee fashion.

Think soft fabrics, cozy sweaters and anything that encourages lounging.

Leggings and an oversized cardigan?? Yes, please!

Fuzzy slippers, the cuter the better, are a must. Cocoa is a bonus.

Wondering how to add more hygge to your life?

Treat these ideas like a fall bucket list.

Maybe try one per day for a while or knock out several in a weekend!

  • a candlelit dinner with friends
  • adding greenery to your home
  • baking a cake
  • taking an evening walk
  • cooking a hearty meal with a loved one
  • reading a book with a hot beverage
  • opening the curtains for natural light
  • lighting candles and making a gratitude list
  • riding a bike and enjoying nature
  • lingering after dinner
  • watching a movie under a cozy blanket
  • sitting outside to watch the sunrise or sunset

How can you incorporate hygge into your home and routine? 

The definition of hygge from Tabitha Dumas. A hyggee porch is boho and eclectic.

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