Your home is your shelter, your safe haven, your escape from the world and the place where you recharge yourself. Make it as cosy as you can.
In Scandinavia, with its changeable climate, lots of rainy days and long winter nights, the home is traditionally considered the refuge where families gather to regain their strength to deal with the outside world. Home is your ‘hygge headquarter’, so you’d want it to be cosy and comfortable. When you look for hyggelig places outside the home, it’s often found in places that remind us of a cosy home: with soft lighting, comfortable furniture and a pleasant ambiance.
Open your curtains and windows and welcome the light and fresh air in. There’s no faster way then getting a bit of the outside indoors then by making sure your windows are clean and exposed. This way you can catch as much light and vitamin D as possible. Glass curtains provide a soft glow that may be easier on the eyes. It also provides a bit of privacy if necessary.
Natural or artificial light, hygge is about soft and warm glows. Soft lighting creates an atmosphere of ease and gentleness. Tone the lights down when it’s time to chill. Make sure you have multiple sources of soft, warm light instead of one source of bright light. Add dimmers to adjust the lighting according to your mood or activity. And light candles, lots and lots of candles!
If you have a fireplace, don’t hesitate to use it! It’s the ultimate place to sit quietly by yourself or spend time with others, gaze at the fire and feel the cosiness and warmth. In summertime you can enjoy the fire outside, by building a bonfire in your backyard, on the beach, on your campsite. The smell of burning logs will always remind you of these happy moments.
Wrap yourself in warmth and softness with some fluffy throws and pillows on your couch. Or use them to build yourself a hygge nook for reading and chilling. Or both! Sink back, put your feet up and relax while feeling comfortable and safe. Put flannel bed sheets on your bed when it’s winter and don’t forget that chunky bedspread! Fresh bedding and towels are also a treat to yourself.
Stick to a neutral, warm colour scheme like greys, creams and browns. There’s no room for overly bright or cold colours if you want to create a hygge ambiance. You can add colour through your accessories and change these with the seasons. Darker ones for winter, lighter ones in the summer. Use wood for furniture or accessories and play with different textures.
Create at least one spot in your home dedicated to relaxing. It could be a reading nook, a spa styled bathroom or maybe even your own quiet room. Get out all the fluffy pillows, candles and flowers and make a spot for you to chill and be still. Just to shut off the world and recharge yourself.
Add some greenery to your home. Houseplants have a calming effect, purify the air and are very decorative. Make it a habit to have some fresh flowers in your home every week. Grow your own herbs in the garden or at your kitchen sink. Bring the smells of outdoors in: pines, fruits, herbs, leaves.
Ceramics, books and vintage goods are considered to be very hyggelig. So cherish your favorite tea mugs, those books you’ve read a thousand times but never get tired of and that old lamp you found at that little antique shop on your holiday. They all tell a story about you and add character to your home. But mind tip # 9…
All the things that surround you on a daily basis must be useful and/or make you happy. All other stuff you really don’t need. Not only does it take precious space in your home, it also has an effect on the mind. Getting rid of your clutter is a process that has a cleansing effect on your space and head alike. You might want to check out the principles of a minimalist lifestyle.