Hygge & Còsagach

Posted on 28th November 2018

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Hygge & Còsagach

What is Hygge & Còsagach and why we love these lifestyle trends!

Hygge is a Danish word (pronounced Hoo-ga). It does not have an exact equivalent in English, but it is essentially a name given to an atmosphere and experience of comfort and wellbeing. It may just be behind what makes Danes the happiest people on the planet and has grown into one of the biggest lifestyle and interior design trends in the last 2 years.

Còsagach (pronounced “kaw-sa-goch”, to rhyme with Scottish “loch”) is a Scottish life style trend very similar to Hygge and the word Còsagach – a Scottish Gaelic word literally means snug, sheltered or cosy.

Here are our top tips on how to nail the Hygge & Còsagach lifestyle trends by making your home more cozy, relaxing and inviting.

Get the right lighting
Get rid of any harsh lighting within your home. Hygge & Còsagach lighting is all about creating a warmer light that feels cosy and comforting. Decorate your home using lamps with warm-toned, lower wattage light bulbs as opposed to one big light to create a much more intimate feel. Fairy lights, candles or even a wood burner are great alternatives to harsh lighting that go a long way in creating that perfect Hygge-Còsagach atmosphere!

Create a Hygge- Còsagach corner
A hygge- Còsagach corner is a space in your house that feels like the perfect little cosy nook. The main objective is to make it feel as snug as possible so as well as low lighting, opt for throw pillows and blankets in sumptuous, cuddly and natural textures. Make sure it is a warm space and keep out the cold with thick drapes and be sure to cover any bare floors with a thick rug. You can also keep yourself toasty by sitting next to a wood burning stove or a fireplace.

Use scents to your advantage
Using scented candles or essential oils in a diffuser will help make your home smell amazing as well as relax you. They work to make your home feel cozy and inviting, and can make a huge difference to how you feel.

Take out some YOU time
Invest in some good quality bath products. Treat yourself to a relaxing hot bath every now and again. Take out time to read a book and enjoy a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate with your favourite show on Netflix. And if possible go on a digital detox! If you are up for it you could try and meditate as well.

Flooring
A big aspect of Hygge & Còsagach is a sense of comfort and coziness, so with regards to your flooring it is important that it adds warmth to your home. Deep pile carpets are ideal for a relaxing and comfortable experience as well as decorating your home with thick sumptuous rugs will add that sense of warmth. Concrete and stone flooring in particular can be cold underfoot but you can get underfloor heating installed in your home. Underfloor heating (UFH) can be retrofitted and it works with pretty much all kinds of flooring including laminate, vinyl and LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) brands such as Amtico, Karndean etc.

Have you heard about Hygge & Còsagach yet? Will you be incorporating these trends into your lifestyle? Let us know.

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