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How to ‘hygge’: take time out to enjoy the little things

17 October 2016

Everyone is talking about ‘hygge’ – the Danish word for taking time out and making simple things feel special – but how does hygge happen? We show you how easy it is to have your own hygge moments at home.

Watch the world go by

Express your creativity

Take a step back from the pressures of everyday life and let your creative side out to play. Set aside paint, paper and an hour to yourself – and remember that the end result doesn’t matter! 

Share good food with good friends

Friends and food are some of life’s simplest pleasures, so combining the two is an easy way to get the hygge feeling. Invite friends round for coffee and cake away from the distractions of a café, so you can really enjoy each other’s company. 

Choose a cosy corner at home

Choose a ‘me time’ spot

Meditation isn’t for everyone, but we can all enjoy a little quiet time to ourselves now and then. Choose one cosy corner as a ‘me time’ place that you can retreat to whenever you need to take time out and relax.  

Learn a new skill and make something yourself

Make something with your hands

Crafts are a great way to slow down and focus your attention. Teaching yourself a new skill feels rewarding, and you’ll get a little dose of the hygge feeling every time you use your handmade creation.

Give yourself a coffee break

Take a break for coffee

Treat your daily dose of tea or coffee as a reason to take a break, rather than a caffeine hit on the go. Master the art of the Swedish coffee break (fika) – take a moment to sit and sip your mid-morning pick-me-up. 

Make movie night feel like a treat

Make simple things special

Hygge is all about letting your senses savour everyday moments. If watching a film is your Friday-night ritual, make movie night feel like a treat rather than routine, with your favourite snacks, soothing candles, and cushions to curl up on. 

Set up a pamper station

Make getting ready a more luxurious process by keeping all your pampering essentials in one place. Put your favourite accessories on show and hang a mirror at just the right height for adding the finishing touches.

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.