Creating a Hygge Home
Whether you’re looking to adapt the Danish lifestyle of hygge (pronounced ‘hoo-gah’) to your own life during the colder months or if you’re here because you’ve read our Introduction to Hygge article, you’re just in time.
Let’s dive right in!
The Role Your Home Plays
Firstly, we need to understand how our home becomes a vital aspect of our lives. Your home is more than just a physical space; it’s your own personal sanctuary where you can escape from the outside world into a place of comfort and tranquillity.
Creating a hygge-inspired home doesn’t have to cost the earth, but it really pays off to transform your living space into a haven of cosiness and relaxation to retreat to as the days get shorter and chillier.
9 Things You Can Do to Create a Hygge Home
1. Soft Lighting and Ambience
A huge cornerstone of hygge is soft ambient lighting to create a soothing aura in your space. Lamps of all kinds are great – but you can also use fairy lights and candles too to create a beautifully cosy space that beckons to relaxation. Lights with these kinds of warm hues provide a comforting glow, but they also contribute to a sense of intimacy and calm.
2. Natural Materials and Textures
Bring natural materials and textures to your space to evoke a connection to nature. We love wooden furniture, cotton, hemp or woolly blankets and soft cushions made from natural fibres. As well as being comforting, they also add depth and warmth to your space. these elements bring together a sensory experience as these textiles are integral to the hygge aesthetic.
3. Comfortable Furnishings
Invest in comfortable and inviting furniture that invites lounging and relaxation. We’re talking soft sofas, plush armchairs and lush, colourful cushions that create a space that lets you truly unwind. The goal is to create an environment that invites you to curl up with a book or simply take a moment for yourself.
4. Declutter and Simplify
There’s a big movement in Denmark when it comes to decluttering – therefore a decluttered environment is essential to embrace hygge. A simplified space not only looks more inviting, but it also allows for better mental clarity and gives your place an air of serenity.
5. Cosy Nooks and Reading Corners
Designate cosy nooks and reading corners throughout your house where you can escape with a good book and a cuppa or simply enjoy a moment of solitude. It doesn’t have to be much – a good plush cushion, some soft throws and a candle or two will do the trick!
6. Personal Touches and Sentimental Items
Bring some personality to your space with personal touches and sentimental items to really put your mark on embracing hygge – in your own unique way. Things such as family photos, cherished mementos and handmade crafts contribute to a sense of connection and belonging to the space you’ve created, as well as looking homely and alive.
7. Embracing Nature Indoors
Bring a touch of the outside indoors by adding potted plants or fresh flowers. Greenery not only adds a stunning visual element, but also contributes to a sense of vitality and harmony within your space. With plants, the air in your space is cleaner and a flourishing family of potted friends makes your home feel alive – it speaks to your hygge home, because you’ve nurtured an environment in which you, (and your family of leafy friends!) can thrive.
8. Mindful Arrangement
Much like Feng Shui, the mindful placement of your furniture and décor can create a harmonious flow within your space. Place seating near windows to make the most of natural light and arrange your furniture in a way that promotes easy conversation, interaction and togetherness – which brings us onto our next point...
9. Creating Moments of Hygge
Ultimately, the goal of creating a hygge home is to curate an environment that fosters a place to savour life’s simple pleasures. We mean more than curling up with a book or a brew – we mean togetherness. Hygge is best enjoyed with those you love, so there’s no way to better practise hygge than to have moments together with those closest to you. We love playing board games, baking together and – of course – eating together in a cosy environment to bring some joy to the colder months ahead.
By now, you should be well-versed in all the ways you can infuse your space with the principles of hygge. It goes beyond decorating; it’s the action of creating an atmosphere that supports well-being, relaxation, and a deep sense of contentment.
We’re all about feel-good clothes and feel-good spaces at Joe Browns. So why not do something great for yourself and find out how you can create your own hygge space?
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