One thing that you need to spend some time on when adding Hygge to your life is preparing your home for it. We spend a lot of time in our homes, relaxing there, meeting with family members and loved ones there, eating meals, growing our family, and so much more. If we aren’t able to feel comfortable in our own homes and find this as a haven from all the bad stuff that is going on in the world around us, it is almost impossible for us to feel this comfort anywhere else that you go.
The great news is that you can design your home and decorate it however you like. There are no steadfast rules that you have to follow when it comes to your home and making it fit with Hygge. All of the homes in Denmark are going to look different, and each family will decorate the home based on what they like and what makes them feel the most comfortable. There are a few features that you can use that can help make your home more hyggeligt, but they are not requirements, and you can mix and match to make your home fit your tastes and make you comfortable. A few of the things that you can try out to turn your home into a hyggeligt home include the following:
Add in some candles
When you walk into a Danish home, you are sure to see candles everywhere. This is a certain warmth and familiarity that comes from these candles and turning off all the lights, and just leaving these as your source of light can be comforting, relaxing, and bring people together. Think of the dim lighting and the warmth that you can get from a fire, and then, you can understand why candles can accomplish the same thing.
There are no particular types of candles that are required for this. You can pick out some of your personal favorites. Some people pick some that match in with the décor in their home to make things easier and because it allows them to keep the candles out all of the time. Some like to pick scented candles because they add in aromas that can soothe and relax as well. The light that comes from these candles is soft and has a way of chasing away some of the troubles that bother you from the outside world.
Candles are so much a part of Hygge that they have become the universal symbol for Hygge. They are found in many homes that practice Hygge, and the warmth and comfort that they bring can make all the difference. Add in some scents, such as rose petals, mint, or baked goods, and you can add in a little bit more of this coziness to your life.
Don’t forget the textiles
If you are looking to make sure that your home has a warm and cozy feeling to it no matter what kind of decorating you go withinside, you need to make sure there are plenty of warm and big textiles around the home. The more textiles that you can add into the home, the more hyggeligt it will feel. The more of these that are inside the home, the more hominess that you will feel, and others who come into your home will feel these as well.
Textiles have a way of making your home feel comfortable. There is nothing like walking into a room and seeing a nice big blanket and feeling comfortable there. You can always sit in the overstuffed chair and sink into it, wrap up in a blanket on those cold days, and just feel at home. Add in some of the good smells as well as the dim light of the candles, and you are ready to feel Hygge in your home.
The more textiles that you can add to a room, the better. This means big blankets, furry rugs, fluffy pillows, etc. Later we will talk about doing hobbies to spend your time productively and to get a little bit of free time, and you can choose to learn how to knit or crochet some of your textured cushions and blankets that fit into your space. These can be comforting and make the room look more inviting, especially if you did the work on your own. Think about how you feel after a long day at work, or when it is raining out, and you grab a big blanket and cuddle up inside. Your cares and worries seem to just drift away so that you can relax and feel a little bit better. Many times it is considered just fine to go home and curl up in a blanket, even if you aren’t cold when practicing Hygge.
You don’t need to go through your home and completely do a remodel to get your home to fit in with the hyggeligt lifestyle. Every person is going to experience Hygge differently, so you need to look for the things that make you feel comfortable, not what makes someone else comfortable, and then design your home in that manner. There doesn’t have to be some big changes in your home to make this happen.
Simple additions into the home will be able to make a big transformation inside of the room, and you can get by with just spending a few dollars to make this happen. You can stick with adding in a few more blankets to a room, changing some of the lightings so that it isn’t as bright and powerful, and adding in a few scented candles to get better smells throughout the home. These can easily help to make your home into a hyggeligt home.
The most important part is to decide what will help you to feel comfortable and add this to the home. Your home is supposed to be the place you can head to at the end of the day, a place where you are going to feel comfortable and ready to take on more of the world the next day. If you design it in a manner that fits someone else’s likes and dislikes, you will never feel comfortable inside of this home. Make the changes that work for you, and you will be able to feel Hygge inside of your own home.
Picking out the decorations inside your home
When it comes to decorating your home, take some time to consider what is going to work the best in the home and what you would like the most. There are many great options, and you need to take the time to consider what is comfortable and what you like the most for your home.
The Danish people go about picking out their decorations a little bit differently than you will find compared to what is done in the Western world. For the Danish, when they find an object that they like, the price is not that important. No one will judge you if an object is less expensive or more expensive, as long as it is something that you like. If you like a more expensive item, you would not spend time looking around for a less expensive option or give it up. You would either get it, or you would wait and save up to get it into your budget. Sometimes, this does take a little bit longer to get the items that you would like, but you want to make sure that your home is a place of comfort and contains the things that you like.
Adding in family pictures
A true hyggeligt home is not a home where you will just have it to show off your wealth or money to other people. It is one where you get to be away from the world and feel comfortable. This is why it is perfectly acceptable, and pretty much expected, for you to have personal touches all-around your home. One way that you can do this is to add some family pictures around the house. Many hyggeligt homes put pictures all around the house, showing the different ages of their children, vacations, and some of their fondest memories.
How to add more Hygge to your home without spending more money
If you are stuck on ideas for how you can add more Hygge into your home, or you are worried about how to go about this process without spending a lot of extra money, there are a few steps that you can take to fix this issue. Remember, Hygge is about a feeling, and it is going to change for everyone who is involved, so you don’t need to worry about comparing yourself to others or spending a lot of money to make this happen. Some of the steps that you can take to add some more Hygge into your family home without spending a lot of money in the process includes the following.
Add in some repurposed wood
Wood is a very inviting texture, and it can do well in a home when you are trying to add a bit more Hygge into your home. It is going to add in some more warmth that other textures will have trouble getting the same feelings. First, check to see if some nice hardwood floors are hidden under the carpet and consider taking that out if you would like a complete remodel of the home. If you don’t want to work on one of these big projects, there are other ways that you can add in some great repurposed wood into the home. For example, take some pieces of wood and use them to make decorations or even furniture. A wooden box can be used as a coffee table or stacked up to make some storage units. The only limit that you have here is to use your imagination and come up with some great ways to use wood to add more Hygge to your home.
Lots of candles
Candles are a huge sign of Hygge, and you are not going to be able to walk into a home that practices Hygge without seeing plenty of these candles around. Candles are great at giving your whole home a calm and cozy feeling, and they can add in an ambiance that you are not able to find with other lighting types that you try to use. There are plenty of places where you can find inexpensive candles to use around your home, and most will be under $5 each. You can consider getting some plain candles just for the lighting although there are a lot of people who like to choose the scented candles because they can help to add to the scents and an ambiance that is going on in the hyggeligt home.
Add in some photos, pictures, and artwork
Your home is the place you live in, not a museum that is never touched or visited. You should make it look like a place you live in and add some great changes that give it a personal touch. You can start by buying some cheap picture frames that come in different sizes and then print out some of the best family photos that you have to put in them. You can then make a great collage of family photos on a few of the walls. This is a great topic of conversation that you can strike when people come over to visit, and it showcases some of the moments that are the most important to you.
Another option is to take these picture frames and then frame up some of your artwork. If you are not that artistic, you can get a bit crafty with this option and place mittens or gloves inside to kind of mix it up. For example, you can take one of the mittens that are missing the other pair, then glue it onto a piece of felt, along with some other things if you would like, and then place them inside of the frame before hanging it up. This can be kind of fun and unique to place on your walls and can give you something new to talk about with your friends.
Change up the blankets a little bit
When we are talking about Hygge, we are talking about the need to stay comfortable and warm inside your home. Making sure to keep some textured blankets on the couch and chairs in the room is a great way to get started. There are a few options for this one; you can choose to crochet some of your blankets and make something of your own to add to the room, or you can find a few nice blankets for sale at your thrift store and put those all around the room. This will help to add in some of the texture that you are looking for as well as add in some of the comforts that you are looking for.
Go with the antiques
Many people are going to stay away from the antiques that they want to add to their homes because they think that these products are going to be expensive for them to use. But if you are smart and look around, you can get lots of great antiques for a good price, and then you can use these as a way to decorate your home and make it look nice.
You will need to be creative about the way that you are finding the antiques that you want to use in your home. It is not usually a good idea to head to an antique store and start looking around because these are often going to be expensive and can cost you more than you want to spend. But you could head out to some garage sales or offer to help a parent or grandparent clean out their garages or basements, and you may be able to leave with a few antique items for a good price.
These antiques, especially when you can get them for a good price, can make a difference in your home. These can add a bit of the tradition that you are looking for and some of the warmth and coziness, especially if it works well with the other decorations in your home. And if you are looking for something great to talk about, these antiques can be a great place to start with.
Add in some pillows
Pillows are going to be another thing that you can add throughout the home if you are looking for another fun element that adds textures and coziness to your home. It is pretty easy to search around and find some of these that will match the rest of your décor and don’t cost a lot of money. The key here is to look around and find some pillows that will look like they fit into your home. And of course, if you want to add in Hygge with the help of your pillows, you need to make sure to get ones that are nice and fluffy!
Get some storage
When we are looking at Hygge, it is important to remember that a clean home is important. Yes, we want a lot of texture and even some color inside of the homes, but being a packrat is not going to be considered Hygge. If you have a lot of things all around the house and you are having some trouble keeping the home clean, you need to invest in some cheap storage to make sure it is all put-away.
There are several ways that you will be able to get this done. Adding in some end tables or bookshelves, or some other shelving units can give you some more space to put things away and make them look nice. Some old containers can work to add in these storage spaces and to make sure the home looks nice.
Add in some white to the room
Many of the homes that you will see in Scandinavia are all white because the color isn’t going to age, it is always a popular one to go with, and it can bring in the natural lighting of the home. Besides, white is great for helping to make a smaller area look a lot larger. If your home is in a different color, you don’t need to go through and repaint the whole house, but if you are looking to make some simple changes to a room or two in the home, or you are willing to just change a few walls along the way, make sure to paint them white.
Add in some music
Another thing that you can do that brings some more Hygge into the home is to fill it with music. Music can help to brighten up your mood, can make you feel good, and can just make the home more inviting. And of course, if you pick out the right type of music, you can feel more relaxed. The best type of music would be something that could relax you, such as some light classical music in the background. If you don’t have some of this music readily available in your home, make sure to check out a free online music station to help or visit a second-hand store to help with this.
Add in the table lamps
If you are worried about getting the lighting just right in your home, consider some table lamps. These are nice because you can pick and choose which ones are on or off based on what you want to do inside the room. For example, if you are reading, you may want to leave the regular lights on in the home, but if you are relaxing or having supper, you would turn off the major lights and just use a few of the table lamps to make the lighting right. This is much more affordable compared to trying to change out all of the lights inside of your home.
Adding Hygge into the home is a very important aspect of this ideology. Your home is the one place you can go to get away from the troubles and the darkness that goes on in the world around you, and you need to learn how to be comfortable and relaxed in this space. Make some of the simple changes that are suggested in this book, and you will be able to see some amazing results.