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!