The Danish tradition of Hygge is a welcome home vibe to have all year round. The lifestyle adoption from the Danes originates from Norway and simply means a cozy contentment and well-being. To enjoy life, slow down and cozy up at home while appreciating life’s “little moments”. For the winter season Hygge is the time to amp it up any other time of the year.
There’s no better time create an environment of coziness and intimacy than around Christmas time. To relax, enjoy the peace or maybe not so peaceful of family and friends around the home. It’s more the traditions and experiences that make Hygge the lifestyle it is but here are some things you can add around the home to embrace the Danish way this Christmas.
1. Throw Blankets
Add a few chunky knit and textured throw blankets to your space. Having a couple of blankets to cuddle under on the sofa is a nice way to relax for the day. Put a storage basket to the side of your sofa to store a couple extra if needed. A welcome gift for any family and friends popping over. Add some extra layers to your bed as well!
You might want to switch up your pillows for the winter season to more luxe and soft materials. Velvets, wool, fleeces and faux hides add a variety to snuggle up with.
3. Ambient Lighting
With the early dark nights closing in on for the winter it’s a reason to get creative with lighting. Embrace the dark nights with some ambient lighting while you’re cozied up the sofa. Instead of having a main bright light on, opt for fairy lights, candles, lanterns or just a side lamp.
In regards to having a Hygge Christmas candles and oils might be the last think you reach for (although that is an option of course). Instead think baking aromas from the kitchen and other scents you personally associate with the Christmas season.
Don’t forget to have a look in your kitchen cupboard for spices like cinnamon and vanilla you can dot around the home for a natural aromatherapy session.
5. Natural Elements
Bringing in natural elements inside will heighten your Winter Hygge experience even more. You can bring in foliage from the garden, pine cones, acorns and other similar things in. Maybe you can try drying citrus fruits and using it for scent and decorative purposes.
Get creative by styling branches and berries in vases for centre pieces and displays.
Think lots of layers when using decorating your home space as you would for a winter outfit. Layering rugs with different textures and thicknesses in your living room or bedroom. Adding a small plush pile rug to the space can cozy up the room immediately.
7. Christmas Decor
Put all the above together and add in some festive Christmas decorations. This doesn’t have to mean putting up a big Christmas tree but that would be a main one. It could be a simple as putting up some Christmas cards or hanging a few homemade decorations around the home.
In the sense of Hygge all of the decorating and extra touches around the home help in creating that cozy vibe. However the main focus is on experiences with family and friends or maybe some self care time. Think puzzles and board games and pulling on your fluffiest socks while reading in your favourite corner.
What are your favourite traditions around the home in leading up to Christmas? For just yourself and family and friends. let me know in the comments below!
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