Cwtch is the new cosy Welsh version of hygge
Anyone can make a cosy home, but only the Welsh can "cwtch."
A word that rhymes with "butch," according to the Urban Dictionary "a cwtch creates a private safe place in a room or in two peoples' hearts."
It's "snuggling, cuddling, loving, protecting, safeguarding and claiming, all rolled into one."
While the Danish concept of hygge centres more around enjoying life's simple pleasures, such as food, closeness, and relaxation, the loving and earnest cwtch is about feelings of intimacy and safety.
Quite a comforting idea in the uncertain times in which we live. So how to make your home feel cwtch?
By including anything that makes you feel happy, snuggly, or warm (literally or just in the heart sense).
Think soft furnishings and deep armchairs or couches. Cwtch is a roaring fire and playing with your pet on the rug, or retiring to a reading nook with a good book.
Dress your home for comfort and with sentimental items that make you smile, like plenty of family photos and keepsakes.
Or for a more deliberate plan, here's how to create a cosy, cwtch environment in your home this winter in five elements.
Lighting is the great atmosphere creator, so take a maximal approach to soft light sources like candles.
For an instant fix, leave the overhead light off and use opt for lighting at the sides and corners of the room using lamps.
Temperature wise, a real fire is a no-brainer if you have a fireplace, otherwise it's time to crank the heater.
For a home full of Game of Thrones flavour, layer up shaggy textures.
Sheepskin rugs are great on the floor, draped over dining chairs or used as throws on beds.
This winter's over-arching design aesthetic is all about texture, so mix it up. It's okay to have sheepskin, mongolian lambswool and faux fur all together.
The soothing feeling of waking up in soft sheets is definitely one of cwtch.
Choose natural, organic fibres like cotton and linen for a sumptuous rest.
Scent is the sense most closely linked with memory, so use this to your advantage to create a feeling of homeliness.
Home perfumes or candles scented with cinnamon, fig or apple are moreish and mellow.
Otherwise, the traditional approach is always the best - bake your own bread or put on a load of laundry with lavender scented powder.
Folk art is welcome in a cwtch family home so embrace artwork that makes you smile.
Typography prints that impart a warm, fuzzy feeling are welcome, as are hearts and flowers.
The rule to follow is, if it makes you feel good, include it.
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