How to Hygge – Tips for a Wonderful Winter

The Scandinavians know a thing or two about enjoying Winter to the full and so it’s no surprise that the Danish have come up with the concept of hygge. Symbolizing a sense of comfort and special moments with family and friends, it has huge appeal worldwide.We’re sharing our tips for a wonderful Winter and how to hygge, to help brighten up these dark days…

Definition of Hygge

There are actually quite a few different definitions of hygge. It epitomizes a feeling of coziness, conviviality and finding joy in the everyday. According to the Danish writer and translator Tove Maren Stakkestad , Hygge was never meant to be translated. It was meant to be felt. If you’re wondering how to pronounce hygge, it’s “hoo-guh”.

How to Hygge – Hygge Decor

Danish style is about functional but comfortable furniture and a minimalist vibe. Scandi living should invoke a sense of warmth, with log fires and plenty of books scattered around. For a cosy home, opt for tactile, natural fabrics such as sheepskin rugs, fake fur throws, wood, unadorned metal, ceramic and stone. A warm blanket and a hot drink go a long way to create the hygge home decor look, like in this lovely hotel in Verbier. Houseplants bring nature indoors and succulents are particularly suitable thanks to their clean lines. In terms of colours, shades of white, cream, brown and grey are ideal. Consider incorporating accent colours such as red and green for their festive vibe.

The balcony at Hotel La Cordee des Alpes, one of the best luxury hotels in Verbier, SwitzerlandHygge lighting will ideally be fairly low, so think wall lights with dimmer switches, fairy lights and scented candles. The appropriately named Hygge candle is by Danish brand Skandinavisk. It has a smart beechwood lid that doubles as a coaster when the candle is lit and smells absolutely divine! It’s described as echoes of baked strawberry cake, brewed tea, wild mint and rose petals but it reminds me of freshly laundered sheets. The candle is hand-poured from a blend of perfume and vegetable wax and will burn for at least 50 hours if you let it burn for no longer than 3 hours at a time. Get yours at PAD Lifestyle, the cool online concept store that curates independent labels and designs its own range of bespoke, limited edition furniture.

A hygge bedroom should have plenty of pillows, a faux-fur or quilted throw on the bed. You could also change your Summer duvet cover for a heavyweight one in a warmer Winter colour such as teal. Wooden furniture or floorboards will add a Scandinavian element or hang objects on a wooden branch for a quirky touch. Sheepskin rugs will also enhance the cozy ambiance. Try to keep tech out of the bedroom for a more relaxing sleep. Blue light from smart phones and laptops disrupts sleep patterns so it’s best to turn these devices off or remove them from the room altogether.

Hygge Clothing

To complement your hygge interior, choose comfy warm clothes in fabrics such as lambswool and cashmere. Baukjen is a London based studio that designs timeless classics such as this V neck sweater with a playful star pattern. Amsterdam born founder, Baujken de Swaan Arons and her team specialize in everyday comfy yet chic clothing. The Loxley Intarsia jumper is a super soft wool blend that would work perfectly with skinny jeans, leather leggings or simply for relaxing at home. Truly versatile and a wonderful Christmas gift for yourself or a loved one.

Beautiful Loxley Intarsia jumper by Baukjen
These cozy woollen Somerville hygge socks are just the job for lounging at home. In an attractive olive shade, they have a non-slip design and some lurex to add sparkle. Another great British brand, Somerville recently celebrated their 10th anniversary.  They’ve come up with some lovely pieces for Winter including cashmere neck warmers and charming faux fur pom pom hats.

Slipper socks by Somerville scarves
Comfy nightwear like these stylish Clara Swan Print Pyjamas by Cyberjammies is a must. Made from cotton and modal, they have an elegant swan design, with a smart black, white, grey and teal blue colourway. This British brand is available online and at over 250 stores in Europe, the USA and Australia.

Stylish Cyberjammies Clara pyjamas - perfect hygge clothingHygge Recipes

Now is the time to brew up some mulled wine and it only takes a few minutes to prepare. Just take one bottle of red wine, and heat it gently for 10 minutes with a stick of cinnamon, a couple of star anise, a few cloves and 4 tablespoons of caster sugar or honey, as well as a few slices of orange. Take it off the heat and allow to infuse for a few minutes before serving.

Mulled wine, a great Winter recipe
Hot chocolate is another delicious Winter beverage and no one will blame you if you add a few marshmallows on top ;-). Talking of which, a melted chocolate and marshmallow fondue makes a great sweet alternative to a savoury cheese fondue.

Bircher museli is a lovely Winter warmer – OK, so it’s the Swiss who actually came up with Bircher museli but it fits well with hygge. This healthy mix of nuts, dried fruit and raw oats soaked in yogurt milk will set you up for the day. Prepare it the night before by soaking 150 g of rolled oats in 420 ml milk, 60 ml of apple juice and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice. The next morning, add your favourite toppings such as blueberries, nuts and dried fruit. If you prefer, you could make it the same day using quick oats which only need to soak for 30 minutes to an hour.

Use a slow cooker to prepare delicious meals such as stew in the morning that will be ready for you when you come home from work. It’s also easy to rustle up fresh waffles if you have a waffle iron. Simply mix together 1 and a quarter cups of flour, 3 teaspoons baking powder, a pinch of ground nutmeg and salt. Add 1 egg and half a cup of milk and blend until smooth. Then spray the heated waffle iron with a non-stick spray and pour a few tablespoons of the batter in. Serve with chopped bananas for a delicious Wintertime treat.

French toast with bananas - a delicious Winter recipe
Hygge Christmas

Nothing spells Christmas quite so much as a festive wreath and this bespoke one by Phillo Flowers really has the wow factor. This RHS award winning florist is one of the most renowned in London for their magical designs. They can adapt the colours and decoration used to you or your chosen recipient’s preferences, using fragrant Winter foliage and berries. The end result is simply stunning and very long lasting. Aside from wreaths, they also supply decorated Christmas trees, table pieces and floral arrangements as well as scented candles for businesses, private residences, parties and weddings. If you’re in London, head to their Notting Hill boutique on Chepstow Road to marvel at their creations. There’s a great selection in their online store too and if you’re not sure what to pick, then their gift voucher is an excellent choice.

A stunning bespoke floral wreath by Phillo Flowers
A Danish nisse or elf makes a cute Christmas decoration.

A Hygge Danish elf or nisse
Skin can get very dry at this time of year, so good quality skincare is a must. When it looks as good as this REN Silent Night, Wake Wonderful set, then it’s the perfect gift. The beautifully packaged set includes their signature V-Cense™ Revitalising Night Cream, Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial and Wake Wonderful Night Time Facial. The night cream has vitamin C and citroflavonoids from Calabrian oranges to reduce free radical damage, as well as frankincense and boswellic acid to relax facial muscles and phytosterols to boost lipid content. The 1 Minute Facial also has vitamin C and boswellic acid, as well as glycogen magnesium which boosts radiance, while the night-time facial contains glycolic and lactic acids and other ingredients to moisturize and refine skin tone. Now there’s no excuse not to look great on Christmas Day!

A great Winter skincare gift set from REN
Have you heard of hygge before? We hope you’ve enjoyed finding out more about how to hygge! What are your best tips for warming up Winter? Check out our luxurious beauty gift ideas for more Christmas present inspiration.

How to Hygge - Tips for a Wonderful Winter including hygge recipes, hygge home decor, hygge clothing and a hygge Christmas

  • lovely!

  • Rebecca U

    lovely post. I am all over cosiness and getting snug in winter. The slow cooker tip is a great idea I hadn’t thought of – a hot meal at the ready!

    • Suze

      Glad you liked them, Rebecca – I need to get my slow cooker out again, it’s lovely to come home to a warm meal!

  • Mellissa Williams

    Who doesn’t love the Hygge movement? There is something about the cosiness that is lovelu. I didn’t know that you could make bircher muesli in the slow cooker too, great tip!

    • Suze

      Ah, you can’t make bircher museli in a slow cooker as far as I know but it’s perfect for stews

  • Hayley Rubery

    Yassssss loved this post Suze! I’m the ULTIMATE Hygge fan – I love being cosy in new Pjs, freshly washed sheets, a nice hot chocolate and snuggling up to watch some films – BLISS! P.s love those PJs on you!

    Hayley xo

    • Suze

      Thanks Hayley, I’m keen on the PJs too – love the swan print!

  • I do love the concept of Hygge!

    • Suze

      It’s just right for this time of year, isn’t it!

  • Dina ADina

    Nice tips and red star sweater!
    Have a lovely hinter day 🙂

    • Suze

      I love that sweater, it’s so soft! Have a great day too, Dina

  • Never heard of “hygge” before, Suze, so thanks for educating me. In fact, I’d love a hygge moment right now. Hygge seems really appropriate for this time of year. I like their clothing too.

    • Suze

      Ha ha, I hope you get your hygge moment soon! The clothing is very cosy isn’t it

  • This is just the perfect how to hygge guide! Love mulled wine, comfy clothes & those waffles look delicious!

    • Suze

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, Miriam! Thank goodness for hygge to brighten up Winter

  • I’ve certainly been trying to embrace my inner Hygge this past week as the weather up North has been freezing!

  • I’m happiest in the winter cosied up in a soft blanket with the log burner blazing, candles flickering and a winter warmer in hand. I love getting my hygge on!