At the end of the day, there’s nothing quite like coming back to a cozy home. So its no surprise that the Danish concept of “hygge” has become popular. With chunky blankets trending and a focus on self-care in the home, it’s the perfect style for anyone looking for the joy in everyday life.
If this is the first time you’re hearing about hygge, you’re likely not alone. The word is Danish and has only become common in recent years. Here’s a little more about it and how you can incorporate hygge into your home.
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What Is Hygge?
Unless you speak Danish, Hygge is not a well-known term in the average American household, at least it wasn’t until it became a trending style. This Danish word means “to create a warm atmosphere and enjoy the good things in life with good people”, according to Visit Denmark. The idea of warmth and coziness are two ideas when it comes to creating a home with hygge.
And, if you’re wondering how to pronounce hygge, it’s “hoo-gah.” So let’s make your home warm and cozy with some hygge tips!
Using Hygge In Your Home
Creating a warm and cozy home first starts with thinking of your home as a peaceful place. That’s why I recommend before even picking out any decorative items to enhance the warmth, you make any repairs that may have been stressful to think about. Hiring a contractor can help to make sure the work is done without worry. So, if you’ve been putting off that HVAC fix or stalling on that brick repair, contact a pro today.
The next step is to incorporate warm and welcoming décor. Here are a few ideas to incorporate hygge into your home.
- Thick Blankets
- Large Throw Pillows
- Soft Lighting
- Neutral Colors
1. Light Candles
Not only do candles smell great, but they increase the comfort of any room. It’s the perfect complement to décor of any style. Whether you’re relaxing by yourself or enjoying the company of good friends. It’s sure to increase the sense of hygge in a room. If you don’t have a fireplace, opt for a wood wick candle to give that natural crackling sound for all to enjoy.
As always, when using candles in a room, refresh yourself on fire safety basics. Never keep a candle near drapes, books or other flammable objects. Always blow out the candle before leaving the room. See more fire prevention and safety tips.
2. Use Thick Blankets
Nothing quite says “cozy” like a thick blanket you can use. This is best in a living room or bedroom. The large, knit blankets are currently trending but those can be expensive! If you’re looking to snuggle up without the extra cost, you can DIY this project. Even if you have no knitting experience, you can easily create one of these chunky blankets using only your arms. Here’s a great tutorial on how you can do this in under an hour from Simply Maggie.
3. Choose Large Throw Pillows
When I’m looking to relax in my home, I like to lean into my big armchair with pillows all around. So, it’s no wonder that choosing large and luxurious throw pillows can make such a difference in creating hygge in your home. Choose neutral colors but make sure the pillow is comfortable to rest against. If you have to move it when you want to relax, it’s likely not the pillow for you.
4. Turn On Soft Lighting
In addition to candlelight, you’ll want to make sure the lighting in your room is soft and not startling. Overhead lighting might not be the best choice for creating a comfortable atmosphere. Table and floor lamps can easily help create a comfortable space with soft lighting. Choose bulbs that are a warm white versus bright white.
An update to an old fixture can help alleviate any harshness of the light as well. The average cost to install a new light fixture is $421, with most homeowners spending between $177 and $328.
5. Pick Neutral Colors
A cozy and comfortable environment isn’t typically full of bold colors. If you’re looking for a color scheme that’s relaxing, think as the Scandinavians do when it comes to home décor. Follow neutral colors in different shades and minimal patterns to warm up a space. If you do want a pop of color, stick to warm, earthy tones like a burnt orange or a brick red.
Interior Designer Costs
If you want to get the look and feel of hygge in your home, but don’t want to deal with the stress of redecorating, consider hiring an interior designer. The average cost to hire an interior design service is $4,735 with most homeowners spending between $2,008 and $4,927.
Make your home cozy for the cool weather. Start using the Danish concept of hygge for your interior décor by incorporating comfortable items, soft lighting and an easy color palate. It will be all you need to relax!
Looking for more relaxing home decorating ideas? Read How To Create A Cozy Basement.