I didn’t realize I had a hygge home! I’ve been decorating it for years to achieve exactly that, but I didn’t know there was a name for it.
Comfortable and cozy are the defining qualities of a hygge home. Hygge, considered a Danish or Scandinavian term and pronounced “hoo-guh”, is defined as “a quality of coziness that makes a person feel content and comfortable”. Isn’t that exactly how we want our home to make us feel?
Decorating our home in this way is one of the highest forms of self-care. Home should be our haven from the rest of the world, a place to rest and refresh. I know I always feel a sense of contentment and peace when I arrive at my home. It just seems to invite me in to stay and I love that feeling.
You may already have a hygge home. Perhaps you have some, if not all, of these 7 items that help to make a hygge home.
- Candles, especially ones that are natural and organic and help to set the mood of a home are a vital element.
- Lighting that is deliberate is another hygge element. The Danish people often spend a great deal for just the right lamp, one that not only provides light, but is also artistic in the mood it promotes. Fairy lights that seem to dance around the room are another common form of hygge lighting.
- Houseplants help to bring the outside in. In especially cold climates like the Scandinavian countries, this becomes even more important and houseplants, along with natural and ambient lighting are just the trick.
- A fireplace creates that cozy warmth like nothing else. If you don’t have a fireplace, it has been suggested that you can “stream” a fire on your TV screen! Even the suggestion of a fireplace may be enough to provide extra coziness.
- If you don’t have a fireplace, you might find a comfortable nook provides a place of respite. Can’t you see yourself curling up with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate?
- Layers of texture add to that comfortable hygge feeling. You can achieve that feel with texture in pillows, blanket throws, draperies and seating cushions.
- Comfortable seating completes the hygge look and feel. Soft cushions with layers of textural throws and comfortable pillows just add even more coziness.
What about your home? Do you already have a hygge home and were unaware of it? How can you add to the warmth, comfort and coziness of your home as we enter colder weather of the winter months?
How about creating your own mood board of items that would make your home more of a hygge home? Check out mine below. You can click on the numbers to take you to a purchase page for the item.
If you want to know more about how to make your home more hygge, here are a few books recommended by those who know and write about hygge.
The Little Book of Hygge appears to be one of the most popular books on hygge. Click HERE for a link to it.
And click HERE for another link to two popular books (sold as a set) on Amazon.
Finally, coloring books are very comforting activities on the hygge list of a lot of people. Click HERE for a hygge coloring book.
I would love to hear how your home is already a hygge home! Or how do you plan to make your home more hygge? Just comment below!
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