Creating Hygge in Your Home

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The word ‘hygge’ or what is pronounced as ‘hoo-guh’ is a part of Danish culture that has been a new obsession or trendy hype as a form of lifestyle (worldwide). But, more than a word, ‘hygge’ is a concept that embodies the feeling of coziness, comfort and togetherness.

Hygge living is one way of keeping the old school by choosing candles over LED lights, hard books over e-books, fireplaces over space heaters, or board games over computer games that bring a sense of warmth and comfort to a house. Focusing on things that matter and mindful living are the key ingredients of your home, where hygge gathering can occur simply by gossiping and bringing human contact.

In case you wish to give it a run to maintain a hygge focused lifestyle, below mentioned are some ideas that might give you an idea of what to put and how to decorate your home sweet home to create hygge.

Picture of happy memories

It might be an “old-fashioned” practice for someone in the Instagram, Facebook world era, but an undeniable way to turn a house into a home. Give the center stage of your hygge home to showcase your most cherished memories, be it your wedding day or graduation day, hang the pictures of people you care for, or any past trip moments. These pictures will trigger good memories and make you nostalgic enough to relive the feelings or moments every time you look at them. Even people who will visit your home will get to see the reflection of you, your loved ones, and your family bonding, as these pictures add a sense of personal touch.

Hygge friendly wall colors

Pick out any light, neutral or darker hues as per your choice that will create a warm and welcoming environment. Such as to keep it minimalist, you can choose any basic neutral wall color that will keep you calm and balanced after every hectic day. Or, if you feel like adding any dark shades to add a warm hue, you can go for red, blue, or gold. But make sure to do this paint job done by any residential painters in Sydney who will offer you services like color consultancy that let you view your space before you paint.

A home library

Utilize all your old books to fill up your home’s bare wall or black area. There is no need for a 500 book library if you don’t have enough space; keep it small; even a simple corner will work. There is no doubt that printed books hold their appeal, and displaying those in your home will work as a revealer of your interest and your personality. Even having a home library will justify your spending on books you can use to adorn your hygge space, be it by placing them horizontally or vertically once you finish reading them.

A cozy fireplace

Add a fireplace to your home, not just to lower your energy bills but to boost your winter experience. Also, having a fireplace is vital for hygge décor as it brings warmth and togetherness. It becomes a source of pleasure as sharing the firelight, sitting on cozy couches, hearing the cracking logs, and watching the dancing flames give you the campfire vibe. Whether enjoying a family get-together dinner night or becoming snug and warm when snow is falling outside, the fireplace becomes that demanding space or gathering center that everyone looks for.

Decor with candles

No doubt that candles are more than just about the lights and fragrance, it rather works as a source of positive energy and stress reliever by creating a relaxing ethos. From the bedroom to the living room, bathroom to dining, you can place candles anywhere. Perhaps to feel a spa-like experience in your bathroom, you can keep candles decorated in a bath tray near your bathtub. To enjoy a relaxing weekend or before curling up in bed after turning your fav music on, place candles with candle holders on your bedside table to enjoy a sound sleep.


Include any artwork that holds originality to put an aesthetic touch. It can be any artwork of local or international painters, locally made macramé décor items, sculptures, handmade showpieces, vintage paintings, etc. Artworks are those key pieces of furniture that showcase the social atmosphere and mood of a house. It even leads to a more passionate conversation with the guests as they might want to know more about your artistic interest, the story behind the art piece, the sources, and so on. Artworks are also relaxing to watch and provide a creative eye to view the world and get inspired.

Hygge is one thing that teaches us contentment, to embrace the things that matter most, and to prioritize the items that define you. That is why people living in a fast-paced society seek to adopt the hygge lifestyle to gain calmness and fulfilling life. And hence the hype is definitely worthy, though the concept of ‘hygge’ has been around for centuries.

Emma Sneddon
Emma Sneddon is a Melbourne-based freelance writer and an independent blogger. She likes to write in the most effective ways to drive new sales and revenue for local businesses.
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