The Tuesday Twist: 30 May
Spring Hygge Revival
A major trend that gained popularity in the UK this past winter is Hygge, pronounced HUE-gah. This Danish born phenomenon is centred on a way of living that promotes an overall well-being and sense of happiness. From creating a cosy home filled with relaxing colours and ambient lighting to devoting more tech-free time to friends and family, it's no surprise that Denmark consistently rates among the happiest nations in the world!
In The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living, Meik Wiking (author and CEO of the Happiness Research Institute) emphasises that the lifestyle is not just for cold weather but something to practice year-round. He breaks down the concept of hygge into 10 core components:
Atmosphere, Presence, Pleasure, Equality, Gratitude, Harmony, Comfort, Truce, Togetherness, and Shelter.
Creating a hyggelit atmosphere in your home is a great way to start embracing this relaxed lifestyle. Although much of the this lifestyle is suited for the long winter months, we have gathered some of our favourite easy tips to incorporate hygge into spring.
Candles and Ambient Lighting
“There is no faster way to get to hygge than to light a few candles.”-Meik Wiking
Citrusy scents such as grapefruit are the perfect way to waken up your senses by adding a fresh burst of energy to any room. If you want to keep the heat level down try using tealights in place of larger jar or pillar candles.
With the days getting longer and and the weather warming, it's time to open up those drapes and windows and let in more sunshine! Not only does natural light make everyone feel warmer and more relaxed, it's very healing for both you and your indoor plants!
What can be fresher than having your own array of herb plants within easy reach? This charming and practical Hanging Indoor Herb Garden is a great way to bring nature inside and add the perfect flavouring to your meals.
If you prefer to buy your fresh foods as you need them, why not take advantage of a local farmer's market? Not only can you stock up on kitchen essentials but strolling through the market is a great way to connect socially with friends and family which is a pillar of the hygge lifestyle.
Not sure where to go? Be sure to check out this article featuring renowned farmer's markets all across Scotland courtesy of Scotsman Food and Drink. It features our own local Edinburgh market which is held at the footsteps of Edinburgh Castle!
Colour Scheme and Decor
To create calm and soothing environments shades of tranquil colours such as white and grey, geometric prints and decor and a splash of nature make the perfect hygge-inspired interior. Equally as important is the idea of minimalism and a clutter-free environment. Start to transform your living environment by first having a good 'Spring clean' and then incorporating key pieces of decor that create a cosy atmosphere.
We just love our nature inspired Personalised Photo Frames and think they are the perfect fit for a hygge interior! Frame your favourite memories with family or friends and add your own message for a truly personal touch. Available in a gold, bronze, pewter and champagne silver brushed metallic finish.
Self-Care and a Hint of Indulgence
Last but certainly not least, a core component of a true hygge lifestyle is looking after oneself and both physically and mentally. It's important to carve out some alone time to unwind and relax. So light some candles, play some relaxing music, have a delicious cup of coffee or tea and fully embrace a little self-indulgence!