Have you guys heard about hygge yet? No that isn’t a typo. That’s a real word (pronounced “hoo-ga”) and it’s taking over the home decor world.
Essentially it’s a Danish way of life where the people adopt comfort, togetherness, and well-being. And since the Danes have been marked as the happiest in the world (seriously!), we think we have something to learn from their home philosophy. Plus, who doesn’t love the idea of creating a safe, warm, happy home filled with people you love?
So after looking into this concept a bit more, we came up with 5 ways that you can add a bit some hygge to your life.
Candles (lots of them!)
The Danes say no recipe for hygge is complete with candles and that’s an idea we can get behind! We both already love candles and light one just about every single night. And we’ve already told you how we continue to buy our favorite smelling candle on repeat. But after learning more about hygge we want to up our candle game. While we both enjoy burning scented candles, they hygge way is more about the light and ambiance created from a dim room and candlelight. So we’re opting to make every night special (even weeknights when you’re super tired and just want to veg on the couch) and up the cozy factor in our homes with more candlelight. Plus, we’re starting to look at adding some pretty lanterns (like this one), clear vases, and modern candlesticks (loving these!)
Even though spring will be here soon, it’s still chilly here in Chicago. And you can bet your bottom dollar that we each spend our time relaxing wrapped up in a warm throw blanket. And usually, those throws are extra big ones so you can wrap up your entire body! Add some happiness and pleasure to your everyday with a new comfy throw blanket.
Faux Sheepskin Pelts
You’ve probably spotted a few of these around our homes before, but we rarely talk about them on the blog. We always opt for the inexpensive faux sheepskin pelts from Ikea and love adding them to spaces that are needing a little extra something. Drape one over a chair, your couch, a bench…wherever needs a bit more comfort and texture. This is a surefire way to make your home a bit more hygge and cozy.
At night, I absolutely love turning off all of the overhead lights in our home and turning all of our lamps on. This creates such flattering light and it’s a great way unwind at the end of a long day. Consider investing in a few more table lamps or floor lamps (this tripod one is so cool!) to add more lighting options throughout your home. We promise these will instantly make any room feel cozier and more inviting <–exactly the way they setup their rooms in Denmark!
There’s nothing like putting your feet up to relax with a hot drink! Or better yet, having friends over for coffee, hot cider, or hot chocolate. We both adore our large monogram mugs from Anthropologie, but are always looking for fun, new ones! Adding some pretty new mugs to your repertoire may encourage you to sit back and just enjoy the simple pleasures more often. And there’s nothing more hygge than that.
So what do you guys think? Are you all aboard the hygge train? We both love reading about ways to make our everyday lives even happier, and embracing these simple touches into our homes seems like a wonderful way to do it.Bridget&Casey