This article will give you a confidence boost for your task of bringing hygge to your home. To be honest, there’s not a right or wrong way to use hygge, since we are all different and what brings us comfort will vary from person to person.
Perhaps the main idea that you need to take from our posts is that adopting hygge should be done with a certain air of calmness. Getting frustrated, annoyed, depressed, or anything negative goes directly against the concept of hygge.
Take your time with this. It is a peaceful process that is done at your leisure with an acceptance that each small change that you make is going to have a profound impact on the serenity that you feel in your home.
The Danes hate clutter. They also hate things not having a purpose or being in the wrong place. As we said earlier, this kind of chaos is often regarded as being representative of your chaotic approach to life, and that’s not a good thing. They prefer to walk into their home and to be met with a real sense of things being the way that they should. Nothing is out of place, and the atmosphere and general feeling in the home are relaxing. It allows them to perhaps forget about the stresses and issues that affect the world outside and when they close that door, they can enter into this wonderful world where everything is as it should be.
You have to admit that this sounds like our very own sense of utopia, and perhaps that’s what you should be seeking.
Throughout our posts, we have been looking at providing you with some ideas that you can perhaps apply, but you will have hopefully noticed that there have been no set rules to abide by. The reason for that is simple: we just wanted to guide you through things rather than instruct you on exactly what to do. This in itself is a good example of hygge, as it’s about what makes you happy and relaxed and who else, apart from yourself, can understand what it is that affects you in this way?
So, how would we sum up what you should do to give your home that Danish feel and to embrace hygge? Well, for us several things stand out from everything else, and if you can apply your version of these ideas, then you will create a wonderful space to be enjoyed not only by yourself but also by anybody who visits.
1. Understand what you like.
When we talk about understanding what you like, we mean for you to come to terms with the kind of things that help you feel peaceful. What de-stresses you in the home? What brings you joy? What irritates and annoys you and should, therefore, be avoided?
There is no chance of you being able to adopt these Danish principles if you have no concept of what it is that makes you tick. Failure to do this means you are going to fail in your entire approach.
2. Understand what you own.
We spoke extensively about objects as it is those items that we own that will lead to the biggest problems when trying to adopt these principles of hygge and make your home more peaceful than it is at the current time.
How often do you go through a cupboard and find things that you had completely forgotten about? if you find yourself saying ‘oh I forgot all about that,’ then you need to ask yourself the question, was it that important to you? Generally, if you forgot that it existed, then it can’t have played a big role in your life.
3. Be prepared to throw items out.
We generally have too much clutter and as we have said in earlier posts, clutter brings stress. Also, clutter makes it harder for anything to have order and, according to hygge and the Danes, having order is of the utmost importance.
To be honest, you must be ready to be quite brutal when going through your objects, but at the same time, there’s a need for you to work through your belongings with a clear mind and with an end goal to aim for.
Furthermore, it was mentioned that you need to let objects go with a happy heart. You should be content to look at them and realize that they have served their purpose and it’s now the correct time for them to be enjoyed by others. That’s why donating them either to someone you know or to a charity shop is such a fulfilling thing to do and it is strongly encouraged.
4. Be aware of your space.
Space is important in hygge and Danish homes. We aren’t even talking about there being a need to live in a home with vast rooms. Instead, as the Danes are not big on being outlandish, they tend to live in relatively modest homes, and yet they can make the space on the inside appear much bigger than it is.
This is all about making the best of what you have at your disposal. It’s about putting thought into taking advantage of each part of a room, and the space surrounding you always having its purpose.
We spoke about the need for you to understand the purpose of each spot and for your rooms to often be multi-functional and able to switch their purpose depending on your needs at the time. This can only be done when you have a full awareness of the space itself.
5. Keep an eye on your décor.
Décor can make or break a room and this is especially true when you are looking at using hygge in your home. Now, it’s easy enough to go ahead and study the Scandinavian styles as they are pretty well known, but at the end of the day, it’s all about what makes you happy and content.
However, we do strongly recommend that you are aware of the need to create that cozy atmosphere whether it’s achieved by soft lighting, candles, warm throws, fluffy rugs, or anything else that can create that feeling. It’s something that you should do in each room and even leading up to the door to your home, if this is possible, as hygge starts from the moment you approach your home.
6. Remember the outside and nature.
Finally, nature and the outdoors are very important in hygge. The Danes love to bring the outside to the inside as it adds freshness to the place and it creates a special connection with the natural world.
We mentioned how you should be looking at natural textures and items in your home as well as plants, but please don’t forget the idea of bringing as much natural light as possible into your home, as that will make a huge difference. Avoid cluttering the window or having anything that can obstruct it because the darkness can lead to you feeling more depressed.
Overall, we strongly recommend that you try to have some fun when adding a touch of hygge and the Danish way of life to your home. Anybody can achieve it and you don’t even have to spend a fortune to do so, and this alone is a huge bonus. Small changes in each room can have a large impact on how you feel in any given space.
This can be a real voyage of discovery for you. It allows you to look at your home from a completely different perspective, one that will bring you a sense of comfort and peace of mind. There is no right, and there is no wrong in hygge. It all depends on your tastes and needs rather than obeying a set of rules that have been laid down by somebody else.
Look at your home and make a plan. Make that plan to organize, de-clutter, and give your home a purpose. Breathe new life into it and you will then find greater enjoyment than you ever thought possible.
Now, does that not sound like a better approach to your home? Does that not sound like something that you would like to go ahead and do?
You bet it does, so get to it!