The Danish practice of hygge is quickly gaining popularity–and rightfully so. If you aren’t familiar with it yet, ‘hygge’ (pronounced hoo-gah) is the Danish concept of taking pleasure in the little things in life. Roughly translated as ‘coziness’ in English, hygge is a mindset of making the ordinary things and moments more meaningful, beautiful and special. Hygge isn’t something you can buy, but rather a way of life you have to embrace. Here are ways you can master hygge in your home.
1. Turn up the heat. Nothing says cozy like the flicker a crackling fire. If you don’t have a fireplace in your home, don’t fret–you can easily create that warm and cozy vibe by lighting a variety of candles. If you’re eco-conscious, skip the paraffin based candles and opt for ones made from beeswax or organic soy instead.
2. Dim the lights. Overhead lights are often too bright and harsh. To create a homey feeling, dim the lights or turn them off altogether, relying only on lamps and candles.
3. Cut the clutter. Cozy does not necessarily equate clutter. In true hygge fashion, if it doesn’t bring you joy, clear it out.
4. Layer on the fuzzy. A big part of hygge is texture. Incorporating layers of soft items, such as fleece throws, fluffy pillows, shag rugs, and plush furniture will bring your hygge to a heightened level.
5. Fill your mugs regularly. What better way to embrace hygge than with a mug of piping hot tea, coffee, or hot chocolate? Don’t bother putting the tea kettle away. Keep it handy so you can refill your mug easily.
6. Soak in the tub. During your home’s hygge transition, don’t forget about the bathroom. You can easily create a space to decompress by incorporating some candles, essential oils, bath products, and fluffy towels.
7. Get tech savvy. Did you know that technology can actually contribute to your home’s coziness? Being able to set up a playlist and wireless speakers for music, or navigating an app that can control lighting and temperature, can really make your time at home all the more relaxing.
8. Be selective in your furnishings. Hygge is all about quality and meaningfulness, so be selective when you go out shopping. Instead of purchasing a lot of mass-produced items, decorate your home with furniture and accents that are meaningful to you. These can include items that were gifted, passed down, purchased on your travels or even an antique with a rich history.
9. Bring the outdoors in. If you don’t live in a rural area or have property, that’s okay. Even if you live in the city, you can bring a bit of nature inside. If greenery isn’t your thing, you can bring in natural materials, such as stone, leather, and wood.
10. Gather together. The best moments in life generally include family and friends. Filling your home regularly with those you love is just about as hygge as it can get.