Cosy up your home for winter

Jo Malone London Glowing Embers candle, £90,

Jo Malone London Glowing Embers candle, £90, - Credit: Archant

Are you ready to get hygge with it?

Clockwise from top: Cable knit cushion cover, £11.99,; Niki Jones velvet cushio

Clockwise from top: Cable knit cushion cover, £11.99,; Niki Jones velvet cushion, £60,; Recycled wool blanket, £50,; Wooden lantern trio with LED candles, £99.99, - Credit: Archant

At this time of year you would be excused for wishing to stay home and cosy up even if we weren’t in the midst of a pandemic. The need to wrap up and feel safe against winter’s bitter winds sits within all of us, and now is simply increased by the understandable fear of going out and potentially catching more than a chill.

The Danish call it hygge, defined by the dictionary as: “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being” – and it’s a trend that first hit these shores in 2016. In fact, the word stems from a sixteenth-century Norwegian term, hugga, meaning “to comfort” or “to console,” and which is related to the English word “hug.” Makes sense now, hey? The Danes apply it to lifestyle, over and above décor alone, and apply it to everything from dining to health, friendship to wellbeing.

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Plushious velvet emerald green bedspread, 398,

Plushious velvet emerald green bedspread, 398, - Credit: Archant

In terms of getting cosy at home, when little else in this world feels particularly hygge at the moment, it’s an easy win to achieve. You can increase your sense of comfort and joy without a major investment of time or money, with the easy addition of a few key pieces for the home, each one designed to be tucked away when spring arrives, to make way for sunshine and simplicity.

Think cushions and throws in soft knits and plush velvets, something to snuggle up against when the fire is lit and your current binge-watch is on TV. Choose pieces you want to actually get cosy with, not something purely for show, set carefully aside rather than risk it. Turn down the lights and light candles instead. Choose a scent that suits your mood and restrict yourself to just the one – a cacophony of fragrances does nobody any good. Add a scattering of LED candles to complete the atmosphere and complete with a mug of something hot and sweet – chocolate or mulled wine, you choose.

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