“Hygge” is a traditionally Danish term which means ‘a moment of happiness’, derived from spending quality time and doing the things we enjoy.
As a British brand, we’re putting a British spin on the hygge idea in our series of articles entitled Great British Hygge. Of course, no hygge would be complete without a lovely home to enjoy it in. We asked a range of British brands to share their most hygge products with us…
Darlings of Chelsea is a British interiors brand that, like Harveys, believes in fine British craftsmanship. We loved their Bedgebury sofa, which gives a modern take on a traditional British design.
According to Darlings of Chelsea: “For contemporary style with echoes of traditional design, it has to be the Bedgebury sofa, pictured in peridot 37 velvet. This elegant sofa benefits from gentle curved arms and raised legs, which add to its classical look and feel, and features fixed back and seat cushions. The addition of plump, feather filled scatter cushions adds an extra touch of luxury. A suitable focal point for any interior style.”
Festive Lights is a British brand which first opened it doors in 1999. Based out of Lancashire, their range of lighting extends well beyond festive treats into all sorts of decorative items for the home – they’ve even provided lighting for the X Factor TV show!
Festive Lights has been quick to make use of the hygge trend, and have put together a full range of hygge inspired items, all beautifully warm and cosy in their style. Perfect for hygge and the festive season, we particularly loved their wooden twig triangle, bringing the look of candles into the home and ideal for a British hygge.
Like Harveys, the Great British Ottoman Company celebrates its British roots. When they contacted us with their hygge ideas, they were confident that the Danish weren’t the only ones able to create comfort and cosiness in the home!
They said: “With temperatures hitting the minus twenties, and only two hours of sunshine a day in northern regions, Scotland has some of the coldest winters in the UK. But from Stovies and cosy tartans, to Hogmanay celebrations and warming drams of whiskey, the Scots certainly know how to beat those winter blues. Taking inspiration from the bracing Highlands, The Great British Ottoman Company’s Orchard Fruits Collection showcases plaid fabrics, rustic reds and plenty of wool to keep us cosy.”
When you think ‘hygge’, you might not think ‘bathrooms’. But the reality is that the whole ambience of your home contributes to the feeling you have when in it. And the bathroom plays as much a role in that as any other room.
Victorian Plumbing, based in Liverpool, was established in 1999. Their Heritage Hylton Freestanding Acrylic Bath is warm in style and the perfect place to relax among the bubbles.
A Place for Everything is an online store that’s all about decluttering your space to improve the ambience in your home. Since hygge is all about quality time, we loved their range of storage solutions that put the mess to the back of your mind! We loved their Yosemite Coat Rack, made of wood and aligning perfectly with the hygge style, bringing the outside in and adding a unique touch to your home.
It’s not uncommon in modern design to see wooden floors and clean lines. But wooden floors and clean lines aren’t always conducive to the feeling of cosiness that’s so important to hygge.
Modern Rugs offers a range of rugs designed to suit the modern home. They’ve even created their own hygge range. Their heaviest and thickest shaggy rug is the Plush Sand Rug. It’s ideal for bringing a warm, sumptuous feel to any space.
There’s nothing nicer on a cold winter’s evening than snuggling down for with the perfect cup of tea and a snuggly throw. Timeless Chesterfields is a bespoke furniture manufacturer that also stocks a range of soft furnishings. They kindly shared their genuine wool throw with us.
They said: “Their genuine wool throws come in a range of fabrics including herringbone wool and plaid wool. The throws are made in the UK using 100% British Wool and are approximately 170cm x 145cm. The Danish word Hygge loosely translates to ‘cosiness’ and these throws are the ideal cosy product to bring warmth and homeliness.”
Keeping your home clean and smelling fresh is a big part of a British hygge. Clean-ology told us:
“While most cleaning products come with strong man-made fragrances and harsh chemicals, Clean-ology provides a different sensual experience entirely. From the first spray, homes are filled with beautiful, natural scents that work to relax minds and lift spirits. The simplicity of Clean-ology really embraces the concept of “Hygge”. Smells are so important in creating a pleasant atmosphere.”
The Stovax Heating Group have been honing their skills in manufacturing high quality stoves and fireplaces for over 30 years. Like Harveys, they are a leading British manufacturer in their field, and they sell to the British market as well as exporting overseas.
And what could be more hygge than sitting in front of the fire, reading a good book or enjoying a good conversation with friends? With its Danish inspired style, the Reflex 75T is perfect for your Great British Hygge.
As a British manufacturer, we’re very proud of our roots and of what we achieve in this country. We’ve spent decades honing our skills and perfecting our water softener product, and we’ve grown our brand through a combination of home sales and exports to partners overseas.
We recognise that there is so much value in learning from other countries as well as our own, and hygge offered us the perfect opportunity to combine a foreign concept with home based values. That’s why we’ve put together this series of guides to creating the Great British Hygge.
If you’d like to learn more about Harveys as a brand, take a look at our about us page, where you’ll learn about our founder Harvey Bowden, our history and our future plans. You can find out more about our water softeners too, or book a demonstration to find out how soft water can contribute to an even more cosy British hygge.