Work­shop So cosy! How to give ev­ery room a help­ing of hygge

Cre­ate a cosy re­treat from the out­side world by ap­ply­ing the con­cept of hygge to each area of your home with Gem Per­sonal Loans

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Text by Sally Conor.

Liv­ing

The liv­ing room is the heart of hygge as this is where you can get se­ri­ously snug­gled up. Re­laxed fur­ni­ture, lay­ers of tex­ture and lots of room for books and cups of tea are key when cre­at­ing a space to en­joy that feel­ing of warmth and con­tent­ment.

> Choose chairs and so­fas that in­vite loung­ing, nap­ping or cud­dling up with a pet and a book

> Add cush­ions, sheep­skins, throws and blan­kets, and keep bas­kets handy for spares

> Book­shelves are a great way to cre­ate a feel­ing of hygge as they en­cour­age brows­ing and re­flec­tion. Dis­play me­men­toes from your life on the shelves to deepen the sense of con­tem­pla­tion

> En­sure a cof­fee ta­ble or side ta­ble is al­ways nearby for cups of tea, as is a floor lamp or read­ing light

> Lux­u­ri­ous car­pet should be lay­ered with rugs and hides for ex­tra toe-snug­gling warmth

> If you need a TV, place it in­side a cab­i­net or be­hind a screen to en­cour­age con­ver­sa­tion or med­i­ta­tion, rather than zon­ing out.

Bed­room

Some­times get­ting out of bed is too much to ask and we need to turn the bed­room into a haven for a day of rest and re­lax­ation. The hygge bed­room is an ex­ten­sion of the liv­ing area but will be a sim­pler space where less is de­manded of the senses. Keep it sim­ple and snug­gly!

> Bed­rooms are places for re­tir­ing from our hy­per-con­nected world so cre­ate a sense of in­tro­spec­tion with deep tones and rich colours

> Bed­ding is lay­ered with nat­u­ral linen, or­ganic cot­ton, faux fur, vel­vet, sheep­skin or silk all com­bin­ing to cre­ate a truly sen­sual nest

> Large side ta­bles leave lots of room for books, mag­a­zines, drinks, snacks and a cosy light > Shaggy rugs keep your toes warm when you climb out of bed

> A beau­ti­ful in­door plant will cleanse the air as you sleep and pro­vide some­thing beau­ti­ful for your eyes to linger on.

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