Hygge is both something you can feel and do. Think of the moments (often fleeting) where you just go “ahhhhhhh” and smile. Hygge taps into that emotion and is expressed as a feeling of cosiness or togetherness. We love how unique and abstract hygge is. When it comes to the home, a hyggeist approach is all about welcoming bliss and releasing stress.
What’s something you never get to do for yourself? Often these answers include having time on your own that’s free of distraction. Magic moments like slipping into a hot bath, savouring the flavours of your favourite meal, or catching your partners eye across the table are all moments of hygge.
So how can you capture something that passes so quickly, and apply it your home? We’re glad you asked.
Give your home a scent.
Smell is one of our most powerful senses. Capable of evoking childhood memories, or even calming us down (think aromatherapy); a scent can be transformative. Achieve a scent for you home using a fragrance diffuser, incense stick, or fresh flowers for the summer. In winter, scented candles and oil burners will help you connect with your home and shake off the stresses of the day.
Lighten up and dim down.
Use natural light instead of artificial light as much as possible during the day. You’ll benefit greatly from the Vitamin D mood boost, and save on electricity. In the evening, evoke warmth by turning on lamps and lighting candles instead of keeping all the downlights turned on.
Style with multi-functional or transitional pieces.
An ottoman can easily convert into a coffee table with the use of a tray, or a spare seat for the unexpected guest. Large cushions on the sofa can become comfy floor cushions for the kids,. Don’t be precious with your decorative throw draped just right! It’s there for warmth on a chilly evening and won’t dry your skin out like a heater.
Live and let go.
Mess is part of life. If you can’t be yourself at home, where can you? Invite your friends over for coffee, let the dishes soak in the sink and simply be. For all the chaos in routine there are many special moments to be had laughing and playing.
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