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Hygge, pronounced ‘hue-gah’, was originally a Norwegian term for wellbeing that is becoming increasingly popular across the globe. With no direct translation into English, it is largely described as a concept, feeling or mood which embodies the feeling of ‘cosiness’ or ‘togetherness’. Hygge is a way of living which pays tribute to the smaller, simple things in life which bring us pleasure, such as the smell of freshly-mown grass and the song of birds in the morning.
Hygge is not just confined to nature and the great outdoors, it is an art form that can be appreciated in the peace of your own company and also the warming comfort of others. Hygge can be enjoyed by all five senses by incorporating just a few changes to your home.
Less is more when it comes to making your interior more hyggeligt; the simplest of additions can transform how you feel in your home. Framing your favourite photographs or buying a bunch of flowers or pot plant for your kitchen table both conceive subtle, positive influences on your day-to-day life. Opening the window for some fresh air and drawing the curtains for natural light are both refreshing ways to introduce hygge into your home. Countryside’s Atrium building at East City Point is designed to gain advantage of the natural light and spacious, open proportions as the building rises skywards.
Denmark is rumoured to be one of the largest consumers of candles in the world per capita. The calming fragrance of a scented candle is understood to be one of the most fundamental hygge moments. Diffusers, incense, potpourri and the warming smell of an open fire are all ways to incorporate hygge in your home, as displayed in the interior of the magnificent Whitworth home, featured above, at the Abode development in Cambridge.
Having space to breathe away from the stresses of modern life is a good way to achieve hygge in your home. A sanctuary away from the phone ringing, the TV blaring and the kids playing allows for you to truly hygge and slow things down. The Maxima home at Beaulieu offers the perfect place to enjoy some peace and quiet on the private balcony leading out from the master bedroom, where you can benefit from some you time.
As the Danes are Europe’s biggest coffee drinkers, it is unsurprising that hygge is often associated with the taste of coffee. Hygge is considered to be a feeling of warmth, and what better way to achieve this than enjoying an aromatic hot drink - there are even some Danish coffees called Kaffehygge! A perfect place to enjoy a coffee is in the breakfast area in the Sandpiper at St Mary’s Island, Chatham, where views look out over the River Medway.
A cosy interior would be nothing without a plush cushion or furry blanket to cuddle up with. Cashmere cushions, faux fur throws, creamy woollen rugs and chunky knit cushions are all lusciously soft and it would be hard to find a setting more hygge than when layering these textures in your home to appreciate with a hot drink and a good book.
We hope you can now enjoy Hygge at home during 2017! For more inspiration, take a look at the array of interiors available online for Countryside’s show homes on Instagram and Facebook, or visit one of the show homes across London and the rest of the UK.
Associate Director of Sales and Marketing
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