September 29, 2022

Cozy Vibes: How to Embrace Hygge in Your Home

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It can sometimes be hard for our bodies and minds to adjust away from summer living. As the weather begins to chill, embracing the Scandinavian concept of hygge can help your spirit feel a little lighter and your home a little cozier.

What is Hygge?

Hygge (pronounced “HOO-gah”) is a Danish word that roughly translates to “to give courage, comfort, joy” in English, although it’s typically defined as the creation of a warm atmosphere to enjoy the good things in life with good people. While hygge can be practiced year-round, Autumn and Winter are the most associated times of the year.

Soft Lighting

An interior space shot of a hanging chair decorated with soft fairy lights. It's covered in blankets and soft pillows, a magazine is left open on top. There is a soft orange hued light on the floor and a larger light behind that. On a table to the right, there is a lit candle.

Large, overhead lights can make a space feel washed out. Instead, try placing smaller lights with warmer hues in different areas to better control the ambiance. If you have a fireplace or wood stove, use it! Although it may seem like you have to wait for the weather to be at its coldest, having a fire can inspire a lot of senses and provide a mindful and nostalgic atmosphere.

Think in Textures

A black teapot is steaming as it sits next to a black tea cup. Both are positioned on a wooden plate on top of a glass coffee table. There are blankets stacked on the side.

The ultimate comfort looks different for everyone. If you’re having trouble bringing hygge into your home, try to think of textures in your spaces. It could be as simple as switching your warm weather bed linens to Autumn and Winter blankets and comforters. Reflect on what textures you gravitate towards when seeking comfort. Do you have a favorite hoodie or blanket when watching movies? Are you a fuzzy sock fan? As you make your cozy spaces, try to incorporate that feeling of physical ease.

Nesting Nooks

A person reaching for a steaming mug next to a book. The person is wearing a large, brown hoodie with a blanket over their lap.

Having a nest or special area in your home to enjoy hobbies during the colder seasons can help you feel more connected to yourself and your interests. Try to keep your nesting space distraction-free. It can be easy to get wrapped up in things you “should” be doing that you begin to harbor guilt for relaxing or not being productive. Building a secret room can help you keep your serene peace.

Not Just Solitary

A group of four people gathered in front of a meal. They are wearing sweaters and flannels and appear happily smiling.

Scandinavian winters are long, dark, and cold. Like some places in the United States, the winter evenings begin to settle in at 4:00 pm in Denmark. Embracing time with loved ones and friends is essential to maintain the warm, fuzziness of hygge. Hosting a board game night or a potluck with loved ones combines multiple elements of the sentiment: indulging in food and drink, quality time with loved ones, and mindful moments of enjoying the simple pleasures.

Your Sanctuary

If your home space doesn’t provide the coziness you crave, it may be time to renovate or move. When you’re ready to discuss the best option for you, contact us. Our Loan Originators work hard every day to make homeownership dreams come true.

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