Today’s post is all about sharing my hygge tips for creating a restful and cozy home vibe. My husband and I must be crazy; we decided to take on a major renovation project two months before the birth of our baby: the floors. Our condo is thirty plus years ago, and still had the original carpeting. It was long past time for it to go, and we knew we had to do it before our baby came. Trouble was, we were held up by months by our building replacing the elevators. Finally, at the end of June we were able to start. And it’s the end of July and we still aren’t completely set up and settled in. And my little baby boy is due in two weeks. Am I stressed? I was, but I’m feeling so much better—my wonderful hubby has it all under control and is creating our dream home.
A while back, I posted about possible interior design styles for our home and you’ll likely have noticed all of them had a minimal, peaceful, cozy appoarch to decorating. And that’s because it’s very important to my husband and me to have a home that is relaxing and comforting. We’ve gone with bright flooring, white paint, warm wood tones, and we love it so far. We have been inspired, are embracing, the idea of Scandanavian simplicity and hygge. I love this word. Not only does it remind of me of “hug” which is the ultimate comfort, but it the concept of living in a home that is warm and cozy is so perfect for me. I’m a bit of a home body, I love being home doing the things I love, reading, writing, crocheting, observing my pets. And hygge is all about that. Let’s dive deeper into hygge with these hygge tips.
What is Hygge?
Before we get to the hygge tips, let’s talk about the idea of hygge. Hygge is a Danish word that describes a mood of coziness. So hygge in the home is creating a sense of comfort, coziness and togetherness in the home. It’s not just curling up with a hot beverage and a good book, it’s also about spending time with others conversing and sharing ideas and stories that are meaningful to you. It’s cultivating intimacy with others, and yourself by engaging in activities that are comforting to you. It’s embracing the warmth and coziness winter brings as days grow shorter and nights longer—the use of candles, fires, warm drinks, sweaters and blankets to comfort and relax is important but so is spending time with friends and family. It’s about simple rituals, and enjoying the present moment.
How to Make Your Home Hygge
Because hygge is more of a lifestyle practice than an interior design style, there are likely make many ways to make your home more cozy and hygge. So while this a way of living, there are ways to make your space feel more comforting and warm. My husband and I are embracing the bright whites of Scandì decor, and we are keen to bring plants into the home as well. I’ve been crocheting blankets to add in that sense of texture of warmth, and we will have dim lighting for the evening time. We already great lovers of warm drinks like tea, and I have a huge library of books as well. So we are creating a hygge home through colour, furniture choice and adding in the elements of comfort like blankets carpets. Cozy, peaceful living, here I come!
Tips for Creating a Cozy Home and Embracing Hygge
Here are some hygge tips to get your home more hygge!
One tip to help you create a more cozy and hygge home are off, bring the outdoors indoors! Get yourself some houseplants in other words. Nature is very soothing and great for our mental health, so it is important to create a sense of peacefulness in our homes and bringing in some plants really does make your space more natural and relaxing.
A second tip is to spend time with family and friends. North Americans suffer hugely from SADS, and yet Scandinavians suffer far less from this seasonal affliction. And part of that is due to the fact that they spend quality time with family and friends engaged in activities that are meaningful and important to them. I’m thinking that a cozy book club meeting with hot chocolate would be perfect. Or a game night with mom and dad giggling over Scrabble. This hygge tip is key to lifestyle as intimacy and togetherness is a big part of the Scandinavian culture and of hygge living.
Another tip is bring in warmth through cozy blankets, plush carpeting, candles and maybe even a fireplace. Nothing is more relaxing than snuggling up under a warm blanket with a book, beloved pet or your significant other. These warm, cozy items make the home feel…well, warm and cozy! They make the home feel hygge!
My fourth hygee tip would be to enjoy the present moment. This is huge to the notion of hygge. Enjoy the scent of your chai tea, sip it slowly, be mindful. Now is far more relevant than the past or future, so be present in the now.
Choose sturdy, wood furniture. This is in line with bringing the outdoors indoors I think, in that wood furniture is evoking of nature and relaxation. It’s also in line with Scandì decor aesthetics. Create an area where people can gather and chat, perhaps near a fire, or around a coffee table.
Tip number six is take up a hobby! Nothing says comfort and relaxation like engaging in a hobby you enjoy, whether it’s something cozy and crafty like learning to crochet, or even something outdoors like tracking animal prints in the snow or bird watching.
Keep it simple. Both your lifestyle and decor ought be simple and neutral. Embrace neutral and warm colours, and embrace simplicity in your life by reducing clutter, keeping your decor minimal and natural as well as soft and simple.
Those are some tips for creating a home that is cozy and hygge! I’m in love with the idea and every day I see our home transforming as by we are organizing and putting together our space. I hope some of these tips have helped you in creating a hygge home, nook or room and in thinking more about intentional living—which I think is in line with the hygge lifestyle. For more information on hygge, I’d recommend picking up The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking. Although I’ve not read it personally, I do know it’s highly recommended and intend to invest in a copy myself.
What do you think of hygge? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
I love Scandinavian inspired ideas. Great article.
Glad you enjoyed the post!
I love that word! I haven’t heard it before, but it makes sense. And I love having a ton of blankets around me all the time – I’m always cold and it’s so comforting.
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Totally, blankets are the best.
I love the concept of hygge. I try to embrace it in my home with cozy elements, especially blankets and throws, candles, and pillows! I love curling up with a book and just relaxing among them. I just moved into a place with a fireplace too, and can’t wait to be using that!
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Oh gosh, a fireplace would be awesome!
What i really like about the blog is that the writing skills plus the theme make it more cosy and comfy. great article!
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Great tips! I hadn’t heard of this Word before, but it looks so cosy and such a grEat deSign idea! I lOve the use oF blankets in pArticular. Thanks for sharing X
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Great post, Giulia! I love the Hygge lifestyle and decor as well. I’m always embracing the little cozy moments in life! Thanks for sharing x
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This is the fIrst time we heard the word hgge. I learned something new from this post. I like wood furniture too. They make a homemlook cozy and sophisticated.
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I love cosy decor so much and your suggestions and ideas are really great! You’ve given me some good pointers to start doing this — especially as the cold weather here is not too far away!
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Gosh, I hope we have more of summer before it gets chilly! 😂 Glad you found the post helpful.
Oh wow! What a big project you have taken on. I loved reading this post i have never come across the word before but it was so well explained in your post.
It has been a huge project 😬 but glad it’s nearly done
I love this post. I’m obsessed with making our home a cosy space. I’d love to have a fireplace one day. But at the moment I focus on other lighting and cosiness like throws and throw cushions. Scented candles, diffusers and low lighting like fairy lights for the evenings!
Certainly sounds cozy!
I love hygge! being a nordic person this way of winter living comes naturally to me and I am already lighting up candles and getting cozy blankets out. Nice tea is a must and I love to do crossword puzzles too 🙂
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Yea is definitely hygge!
I love the concept of hygge! Also love Scandi decor, and never thought about the idea of wooden furniture being like bringing the outdoors in. Great post 🙂 x
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So glad you enjoyed the post!
Nice tips. Funny enough, SHORTLY before the birth of our second child, we MOVED. That was tough, but worth it!
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So I’m not the only crazy one out there lol
There is nothing better than a cozy home in the winter. Great tips! The candles are the best touch to it.
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Mood lighting is so cozy in the winter for sure.
Im always looking for tips to help make my home cosy! I just love tHis time of the year. I completely agree best to get wooden furniture, they literally last longer than others giVe the cosy feel and always on trend!
You’re are so right!
Wow taking on that big of project right before your little one is wild – but congrats on doing it before! I’ve heard about Hygge before but haven’t really actually known much about it so thank you for sharing as I learned a lot!
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It was nuts of us but we kinda didn’t have a choice.
I love the idea of hygge! I’m currently reading the little book of hygge and i have the definition print up on my wall. Here for the cosiness!
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Yes! Want to read that book myself 😊
I Love this article. I am a fan of anything cosy. I like the idea of real wood furniture, homemade blankets and family time. We try & do all of this in our home.
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Sounds like wonderful family time 😊
well i learned a new word today. enjoyed your post.
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Glad to hear that 😊
Learned a new word, hygge! Would love my home to be hygge. environment is a great factor to be productive and at peace. thanks for all your tips! thanks for sharing!
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My pleasure! Hope the tips help ☺️
let me say that i instantly love posts about hygge, but i especially love this because it sounds like your home is going to be so cosy soon. i hope it all gets done without you having to stress. and it will be so worth it in the end… i’d love to see update pics 🙂
Awww, thanks so much! It’s coming together!
I love the idea of hygge. We’ve been clearing out a lot of stuff and i love having plants around. plus loads of cosiness with throws and extra pillows
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Pillows are great!
LoVe that i learned a new word ! Having blankeTs, plush carpets and candles always helps my home Be more hygge!
Thank you for sharing !
My pleasure! I am definitely loving the feel of my home right now.
Your home sounds almost overwhelmingly cozy, I love it! I’m glad you touched on so many components of hygge here, especially connecting with loved ones. Some of those aspects have gotten a little washed away with the commercialization of hygge, but I’m so glad you’re really sticking to the roots of it here.
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Thank you! It’s feeling cozy now that it’s fall especially.
Thank you for this amazing post! I need to look more into hygge as I am appreciating some of the things on your list. I do have to ask if the plants have to be real or will fake ones give the same ambiance? I have a black thumb when it comes to plant life. I do love your comments on enjoying the present moment. Thanks again for the post, I really enjoyed reading it
I think real would be more beneficial. Maybe try a mix; snake plants are easy to keep alive. Even for black thumbs!
Hygge is totally something I can get behind! Being warm and cozy and surrounded by people I love, that is my idea of time well spent. YOur home sounds warm and welcoming.
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I hope it is! Thank you!
Thank you for sharing your experience and tips on creating a cozy and hygge home. It’s inspiring to hear about how you and your husband are transforming your condo into a warm and comforting space, especially with a new baby on the way. I love the idea of bringing the outdoors indoors by incorporating plants into your decor, as well as adding cozy elements such as blankets and candles. Spending time with loved ones and being present in the moment are also important aspects of hygge living that can help alleviate the winter blues.
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I’m so glad you found the post helpful! It’s been a journey but we are trying 😊