The hygge concept is all about creating a warm, friendly atmosphere. This is particularly true in the winter months when most of the world’s population escapes to hot climates. Having a cozy home to come back to can make all the difference in your happiness quotient. Here are some simple tips to cozy up your home this winter.
Get a Fireplace or Heater
One of the simplest and most effective ways to make your home cozier is to install a fireplace or heater. A roaring fire is a perfect way to banish the cold and dark and create a warm, inviting atmosphere. Consider installing a gas or electric heater if you don’t have a fireplace, like this one.
Add Some Warm Lighting
Achieving that sought-after hygge feeling has much to do with warm lighting. Soft, calming lighting can help you relax and unwind after a long day. Consider adding some friendly light bulbs to your lamps or investing in some floor lamps or table lamps.
If you’re more into candles than electric lights, make sure you have plenty of them on hand. Candles are perfect for creating a cozy atmosphere and adding a touch of romance. Some scented candles can also help to banish the winter blues by filling your home with a warm, spicy fragrance like cinnamon, vanilla, or pine. These are my faves!
Create a Cozy Space
A designated cozy space can be a reading nook (just a simple reading chair could do!) by the window, a snug corner with a soft blanket and some pillows, or even just an extra-large chair that you can curl up in. Make sure the space is stocked with your favorite things — a good book, a warm blanket, some soft pillows, and maybe even a hot tea or cocoa cup.
Make Your Space More Inviting
One of the keys to creating a cozy home is making your space more inviting — this means removing unnecessary clutter and adding some cozy accessories. A few throw blankets, pillows, and rugs can make all the difference.
The best part about creating a cozy home is that it’s a personal thing. You can make your home as comfy as you want and change things up as often. So get creative and start making your home more comfortable and inviting this winter!
Make Sure You Have Plenty of Cozy Blankets
Nothing says cozy like a nice warm blanket. Make sure you have plenty of blankets on hand for those cold winter nights. Wool or fleece are both excellent choices, as they are both warm and soft.
Add Some Throw Pillows
Throw pillows are another great way to add extra coziness to your home. They come in all shapes and sizes, so you can find one that’s perfect for your space. They’re a great way to add some color and personality to your décor.
Brew Some Warm Beverages
There’s nothing quite like a hot beverage on a cold winter day. Make sure you have plenty of teas, coffees, and hot cocoas on hand to keep you warm. If you’re looking for something special, why not try some gløgg — a traditional Scandinavian mulled wine?
Cook Some Comfort Food at Home
Your home always feels cozier while serving a home-cooked meal. You may not have the time or energy to cook every night, but making a big batch of your favorite comfort food can be great to snuggle up on a cold winter night.
Crockpot meals are a winter favorite because they’re easy to make and come out nice and cozy. If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, try some of these comfort food recipes (you can easily Google them):
- Slow Cooker Beef Stew
- Paleo Chili
- Classic Mac and Cheese
- Chicken Pot Pie
- Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
- Warm Apple Crisp
- Pecan Pie Bars
- Brownies with a Mint Chocolate Swirl
After a long day, you will come home to the fragrant smell of dinner already cooking and a warm, cozy atmosphere that will make you happy to be home.
Switch Off All the Electronics
My last advice for creating a cozy home is to switch off all the electronics. Too much screen time can be draining and stressful, so take some time to unplug and relax each day. Enjoy a good book, have a conversation with your family or friends, or just take some time for yourself.
There are many simple, hygge-inspired ways to cozy up your home this winter. From adding some extra blankets and pillows to brewing a warm beverage or cooking a comfort food dish, these tips will help you to banish the cold and dark. Make your home feel like a winter wonderland retreat this season!