While we didn’t think there could possibly be a way to make cold, grey weather trendy, the Danish proved us wrong when hygge became the biggest lifestyle trend of 2016. In case you need a refresher, hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is the sensation of comfort, cosiness and security. While it can mean many different things, it’s become synonymous with Pinterest-worthy images of a perfectly styled couch in front of a roaring fire, while it’s raining outside. Well, as it turns out, the Welsh (who have equally dreary weather) have their own word for this specific type of at-home comfort, and it’s set to become the new hygge. Introducing, the Welsh lifestyle trend of cwtch.
What is Cwtch?
Pronounced kutch, a ‘cwtch’ refers to a little nook in the home specifically designed for snuggling up. Derived from the Welsh word ‘cubbyhole’, Cwtch also loosely translates to ‘a big hug. A cwtch could be a nook for reading, a fort, a day bed, a spot on your balcony or even just a comfy sofa. As long as it’s a space specifically designed for cosying up—whether it’s by yourself or with a special someone—it’s a cwtch! And if you ask us, everyone home needs one—especially in winter. Looking for some inspiration? Check out some of our favourite cwtches from around the internet.