Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Danish concept that describes the feeling of comfort and well-being that comes from mindfulness, togetherness, peaceful living and enjoying the simple things in life. It became a lifestyle trend back in 2016, but nowadays, hygge might just be the ultimate isolation aesthetic. Here are some tips that will help you use hygge to make the most of your time at home.
The feeling of comfort and safety is the cornerstone of hygge living. And the easiest way to achieve the ultimate hygge feel is by wearing comfy clothes, piling up some pillows, and snuggling up with a blanket. Texture also plays an important part in hygge, which is why most home decor ideas revolve around soft materials, from cushions to knitted quilts. The contrast between the comfort of your house and the outside world is a great reminder that your home is a safe haven, and it’s also a great way to relax and recharge your batteries whenever real life gets you down.
Cook something delicious…
Home cooked food is not only healthier, but it is also cheaper, and a very hygge way to enjoy a meal. Comfort food — the key is in the name. Go through the recipes you bookmarked and never had time to try and give them a go. Or maybe perfect your casserole recipe, or treat yourself and your family to an exquisite desert. If there was ever a time to become a great cook, this is it.
… and share it with your loved ones
One of the key elements of hygge is the feeling of togetherness and a convivial atmosphere. So try taking a break from eating your pizza delivery on the sofa in front of the TV for one evening. Instead, set the table, dim the lights, put on some nice music, and gather the family around. Food always tastes better when it’s shared, and it’s also a great way to talk about your day, share a laugh and spend time together. If there’s no one else home, try setting up a virtual dinner date with friends or family.
Create soft lighting
Hygge should bring a sense of peace and comfort to all senses, including sight. If your home has harsh, white lighting, consider replacing your light bulbs for something of a warmer shade, or even replacing them with light strings. Candles are a great way to set the mood, especially if they’re scented. Don’t forget about curtains and blinds either, another excellent way to create soft lighting in your home.
Turn off your TV
This may sound like an odd thing to do in the information age, but let’s face it: watching TV all the time is a sure way to riddle yourself with worry. And while it’s important to stay up to date with events, it’s also important to dedicate time to yourself and your loved ones, and achieve the personal wholeness that hygge encourages. Instead, you can read a book, catch up with your friends by texting or calling them, or even just playing board games with your family.
Cozy up with a warm drink
There’s a lot of comfort to be gained from warmth, whether it’s a fireplace, a blanket, but especially a warm drink. Treat yourself to a cup of coffee, hot chocolate, and even tea. They will all taste better from your favourite cup, so cozy up in your favourite spot and let the warmth seep through you as you watch the world go by.
Bring nature into your home
You probably know that just looking at a photo of nature can reduce your stress and anxiety. Hygge is a great way to combine nature and coziness, and if you can’t go outside as much as you want, then you can bring the outside in. A couple of houseplants can brighten any home, or, if you’re not green fingered, you can always use natural materials to decorate, such as stone, leather, and even driftwood. Another great way to give your home more of a hygge vibe that is also in tune with nature is mixing in rustic decor.
Surround yourself with memories
Even if you don’t like looking over old photos of yourself, there’s no denying that we all like a trip down memory lane. There’s a lot of comfort to be found in the familiar and remembering the good times. So instead of decorating your home with impersonal knick-knacks, bring out the things that tell a story. Frame the photos of your loved ones, take out the gifts you received from friends and family, or that DIY pottery that looks a bit lopsided but you enjoyed making. And while you’re at it, bring out the family album as well — it’s bound to liven the mood.