Hygge is cozy comfort. It is what makes you feel relaxed and happy. It is the sights before you, the smells that bring back pleasant memories of another time. It is the sound of music and birdsong. It is also the way you decorate your home.
Below are some ways I like to “hygge my home.”
Quilts have always given me comfort. And of course they add a touch of cozy. I have made many over the years.
Layer quilts over a couch or at the end of a bed. It will add more color and soft texture and a sense of comfort. It will remind you of your grandmother’s house and childhood when you were covered with a quilt when sick.
It always feels more cozy in a home when quilts are added for decor or warmth.
A little bit of sweetness adds comfort. My favorite cookies are Trader Joe’s Ginger Snaps. They remind me of the Ginger Snaps of my youth. Spicy and sweet with a bit of a bite. Grandma’s kitchen where sweetness hung in the air as she baked.
Adding garden flowers to a vintage jar makes any room look and feel cozier. Go out to your garden and snip a casual bouquet to put in a favorite jar or pitcher or vase.
If you don’t have a garden you can pick up a reasonably priced bouquets at grocery stores or Trader Joe’s. Fresh flowers are always a pleasant and welcome sight in any room. Not to mention the smell of the flowers filling a room with nature’s perfume.
Morning coffee is a comfort for many. I also like a colorful mug to drink it from. For some it is tea. Always a comfort on cold snowy days.
Books have always been a comfort to me. From my early days in our small town library to now. I snuggle into my bed at night and lose myself in a good novel. It lulls me to sleep. A stack of new books on my night always makes me happy.
Hygge means aromatic candles. When someone enters your home and you have a candle burning, it is welcoming to them. Candles are nice on overcast winter days or when it’s raining. Candles are comforting no matter what day it is.
From the scent of the candle to the sight of it burning in a dark room, candles tend to make people feel more relaxed.
Hygge is a nice comfy chair to sit in. A rocking chair on the porch to sit and watch people pass by on the street. A wicker chair on the patio. All mean comfort.
Adding a favorite chair to any room is both cozy and decorative. Add a pretty pillow to lean back on as you drink hot chocolate on a blustery winter day.
And of course tiny twinkly fairy lights after dark.
How do you add hygge your home?