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The Danish term “Hygge” has taken American culture by storm. The idea of taking pleasure in the coziness of simple activities is just wonderful. Who wouldn’t want a simple and comforting vibe for their life and home?
Having a Hygge feel, or vibe, for your home can also do fabulous things for lowering stress and supporting healthy sleep habits. Which is why we want to share with you some of the best ways to add a bit of Hygge into your home and lifestyle. Stick around for some cozy tips and tricks!
Before we get into how to create your own hygge feeling home and space we want to give some background on what exactly this word means. The term hygge (pronounced: hoo-guh) is a Danish word that invokes more of a feeling of content and well-being than a specific design style. By manipulating your surroundings and activities to fall in line with this concept it is meant to help you feel more comfortable, at ease and less stressed.
Though there are several ways to achieve a hygge feel, the most important takeaway is that it is unique for each individual. While you may see a lot of overlap in what people classify as cozy, comfortable and brings a feeling of well-being, there isn’t one specific way this is achieved. And what makes this different from soo many other “design styles” or trends is that it is a personal experience to provoke a feeling.
If you are someone who can relax around clutter, then you can skip this step. However if you are like most of us, clutter creates feeling of stress and chaos.
Which is why we suggest doing a quick tidy up before you start your evening of relaxation. This will in no way be the most relaxing part of your evening, however it will greatly increase your Hygge vibes for the rest of the night.
You don’t even have to do a full clean up, just put the dirty dishes in the dishwasher, dump the toys in the toy box, and put the laundry in the hamper. A quick 5 minute tidy can go a very long way when it comes to helping you feel relaxed.
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Hygge is all about finding joy and peace in simplicity. All of our devices that are made to entertain us are made to stimulate our brains.
You can always use these devices to turn on some relaxing music or something of that nature. However, try to avoid turning on the tv and zoning out.
Part of the Hygge feel is being present in the current moment, binge watching your favorite shows can be relaxing. However, there are much better ways to relax while enjoying each others company and being present of the current moment and your current surroundings.
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Lighting can do a lot in order to change the atmosphere of a space. We suggest turning off the overhead lights and turning on some candles or warm hue lamps.
If you have a fireplace, this is a great way to make your space feel extra Hygge. There is something about sitting next to a fire or cozying up by candlelight for the evening that makes the whole night feel special.
Lights that change colors and intensity are also a great way to change the mood of a room. Fairy lights and string lights are great for setting a Hygge mood indoors and outdoors as well. Find the lighting that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside and use that in your space.
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Music is another powerful way to create a calming environment in your home. Music is also very personal and different for everyone. Which is why we suggest sitting down and creating a playlist for when you are wanting to set the Hygge vibe.
Choose music that makes you feel peaceful and happy. Whether you love classical jazz music like Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. Or perhaps acoustic guitar covers are more your jam. Whatever best sets the Hygge mood for you.
This way whenever you are cozying up for the evening, you can simply put on your playlist and you are set for the night. We also suggest ensuring there are no advertisements that will interrupt your music. Nothing kills the vibe faster than a loud (they really do turn up the volume) disruptive advertisement trying to grab your attention and sell you something.
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If you don’t already have a Hygge hobby, we suggest finding one! Whether you love to knit, embroider, read a good book, journal, work with leather, pottery, cooking a good meal, baking bread, or maybe a bit of all of the above.
Find some low energy activities that make you feel oh so cozy. We especially love activities that can be done while snuggling up on your favorite spot on the couch. Not sure of any good activities for you? We made a list of fun Hygge friendly activities for you below!
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We are not saying you have to put on your pajamas, but you totally can if you want to. Getting in the spirit of a Hygge feel should always involve comfy clothes. Cozy socks, soft stretchy materials, and no bras need apply. This is all about feeling free and unencumbered by stiff uncomfortable clothes.
Which is why we suggest, whenever you are getting ready for your hygge evening. To take the extra moment to change out of your work clothes and get into something a bit more comfortable.
Whether you are putting on your favorite snuggly sweater and leggings, or a worn in t-shirt and shorts just make sure you feel nice and snuggly.
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Food can be a great comfort for many of us. Stews and broths are oh so cozy, they are also a low and slow easy meal that doesn’t take much effort to make. However, if you don’t love to cook you can always order some food for delivery. Taking the night off and ordering food in is another way to bring in some Hygge vibes into your home. Comfort foods are always best for an evening focused on relaxing.
Don’t forget about your drinks as well. Sharing a bottle of wine and some food with your loved one and close friends is a cozy way to spend an evening. Although tea, hot chocolate, hot apple cider and other warm drinks are just about as cozy as it gets. Making warm drinks the perfect choice.
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The right blanket can complete change your cuddle game. Whether you prefer a snuggly soft blanket, or the comfort of your favorite weighted blanket. We highly recommend breaking out your blanket and getting cozy.
If you have never tried a weighted blanket, they can be especially great for giving you that Hygge feeling. This is because weighted blankets use deep pressure therapy in order to release feel good hormones. Weighted blankets are basically like snuggling up with a big bear hug.
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The best part about finding your hygge vibe is that it is all about you. The ultimate focus is creating contentment in your life and surroundings for a more peaceful and relaxing environment. Each of us finds certain textures, scents and even activities to soothe us. By focusing on what makes us most at peace allows us to find more balance and a feeling of well being in every aspect of our lives. The hygge movement may be a new name, but it is actually something that each of us has probably always had ingrained in us.
The real goal on finding your hygge feel is what makes your house a home. What makes you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside? The process of finding what makes you most content is a fun and exciting journey. Whether you love curling up under a cozy blanket with a book. Trying a new pie recipe. Or turning out the lights and lighting a dozen candles while listening to some of your favorite soothing songs. There is literally something that will spark you to get your hygge on at every corner.
Well, there certainly is a lot of inspiration and probably several things in your home you consider to evoke that hygge feel. However, if you are looking for a few suggestions, we certainly have some! Below are several of our favorite products to add a sense of coziness and warmth for a hygge vibe all year long.
The Bearaby napper collection features chunky knit weighted blankets that not only look so cuddly but also help ease anxiety. With a variety of colors and materials you can choose the perfect soothing blanket. Making this a must have to create the perfect hygge reading nook or add to your bed.
What sounds cozier than cashmere sheets? These beautiful and super soft sheet set make a harmonious bedroom that continues your hygge vibe all the way to sleep. The soft, neutral color palette is also ideal to induce contentment.
Who doesn’t love a good pair of house slippers? And when they are handmade with sheep’s wool for a cozy, never too warm and always dry feel you can’t go wrong.
We hope all of these tips and tricks help you to create a super cozy Hygge environment in your home. Keep in mind that everyone is a little bit different, which means the activities, food and countless other ways that make you feel content and comfortable will be different for others. So customize all of our suggestions to work for you and your life. For example, if burning candles makes your nervous then of course don’t burn candles per our suggestion. Instead create an environment and set the mood in a way that makes your Hygge feel unique to you and your home.
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