People have gone crazy for hygge in the past few years and it is easy to understand why. The Scandinavian concept of comfort and cosiness implores us to settle down with a cup of tea and our favourite book. It implores us to take a look at the little areas in life which need a breather and to take a breather when you need it.
It obviously works; the Danes are consistently topping the World Happiness Report and people everywhere are clamouring to introduce this concept to their homes. Here are some tips to help you find the hygge in your life.
Reorganise Your Favourite Spaces
Think up some tiny changes you can make to rooms like the bedroom and living room which will make them feel completely different depending on the space. Fishpools have some fantastic tips for updating your bedroom in the winter months; with tips as simple as changing your bed covers and throws.
These concepts can also be applied to other rooms. Swapping your towels in the bathroom and your cushion covers in the living room are great ways you can adapt your spaces for different seasons and won’t take up too much room in your storage during the other months.
A room can feel bright and airy in summer with the windows open and everywhere clear and fresh and yet be made to feel small and cosy with drawn curtains and a roaring fire in winter. You just need to look at it from a different angle.
Low Lighting is the Best Lighting
What could be cosier than dark windows framed by thick curtains and dimly lit lamps?
One of the key principles of hygge comes from creating the right atmosphere. Top lights tend to be bright and slightly harsh as they are designed to light up the room. Instead, focus your energies into sourcing table and floor lamps that will create a nice, friendly atmosphere.
You should also have a look for candles or incense to add to your atmosphere. Find a favourite scent which you don’t use anywhere else – such as in perfume or fabric softener – and keep it designated as your candle scent. Using it only here and only when you are relaxing will help you to associate it only with feelings of relaxation.
Candlelight is also great for adding ambience to any room. If you are looking for more ways to add a little something extra to your living spaces, look into candles. There are also lots of LED candles available on the market; perfect if you have small children or pets and you are worried about having an open flame in the house.
Take Time for You
Since hygge is about rest and relaxation, make sure you are taking time for you. When choosing fabrics and furnishings to bring into your home, make sure you are not just selecting ones which look stylish or are functional in a certain way. Make sure you have ones which feel most pleasant to you as an individual.
Take time to indulge in a long soak in a bath, or an hour with your favourite book. You don’t even have to spend a lot of time relaxing if you don’t have enough hours in the day. Just five minutes to relax and unwind with a cup of your favourite hot drink will work wonders. It is important to remember to relax in this busy and stressful world of ours; you will soon find yourself reaping the benefits.
Make It Social
One of the best things about hygge is it not just promotes you taking some time with the things you enjoy the most but also promotes you spending time with the people you love the most. Whether it is heading out to a bonfire or gathering loved ones together for a meal, there are plenty of ways you can practice hygge with your friends and family.
Why not also show off all the little changes you have made to your home by inviting everyone over for a pot-luck? It is a great way to enjoy some fantastic food in the warm setting you have worked so hard to create.
It can also be as easy as inviting everyone over to enjoy a film and some popcorn beneath thick and cosy blankets.
The most important thing to remember about hygge is not the things you surround yourself with but how they make you feel. One person’s concept of hygge might be very different from another’s so long as it still embodies the feeling of safety and cosiness at the very core of the concept.
So, whether that is grabbing an hour to yourself in a candlelit bath or laughing and joking the night away with friends and blankets, look for some little ways to bring hygge into your home this winter. You will feel much better for it.
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