Hygge isn’t only about cozy blankets and pillow forts. In fact, one of the main aspects of hygge living is quality time with family and friends. The kitchen is a perfect space for hygge living because it’s the heart of the home. It’s where we gather to eat and spend time together — cook dinner together, play board games at the table, or just chat while you prep food.
There are countless hygge inspired trends that work great in the kitchen and make for a charming, yet functional, homey feel. Here are a few tips on how to bring that hygge feeling to the kitchen.
Opt for Neutral Color Scheme
A big part of the hygge aesthetic is creating a calm and relaxing environment. To do this in the kitchen, stick to a neutral color scheme. It doesn’t mean your kitchen has to be all white (although that is an option), but rather use a mix of earth tones and light colors — this will help create a warm and inviting space.
Use Natural Materials
Another way to bring hygge into the kitchen is by using natural materials. This could be anything from bamboo cutting boards to stone countertops. Using natural materials will help create a more organic feel in the space and will also add a bit of texture.
Incorporate Cozy Textiles
Just like any other room in your house, adding cozy textiles to the kitchen is a great way to make it feel more hygge. This could be anything from a chunky knit blanket thrown over a chair to a cute dish towel hung on the oven door. Adding these little touches will help make the space feel more cozy and inviting.
Bring in Plants
Plants are a great way to add life to any room, and the kitchen is no exception. Not only do they look pretty, but plants also help purify the air — making them a perfect addition to any hygge home.
On the countertop close to the big window in my kitchen, I put several herbs in pots: rosemary, chives, parsley, and basil. Not only do they look nice, but they also make the kitchen smell amazing.
Candles are a must in any hygge home. They create a warm and inviting ambiance and can be used to set the mood for any occasion. In the kitchen, candles are great for setting the tone during dinner parties or family gatherings.
If you don’t want to leave candles burning unattended, consider investing in some LED tea lights. Although LED candles don’t have the same cozy appeal as real candles, they’re still a great & safe way to add some extra light (and hygge) to the kitchen, especially if you have small children.
Invest in Quality Dinnerware
One of the best ways to make mealtimes feel more special is by using quality dinnerware. Don’t get me wrong here, I’m not saying you need to go out and buy a new set of china — but investing in a few key pieces, like beautiful bowls or serving platters, can really make a difference.
Not only do these items add beauty to the table, but they also help create a more intentional dining experience — something that’s very important in the hygge lifestyle.
And Of Course, Comfort Foods!
No hygge kitchen is complete without some comfort foods. This could be anything from a batch of homemade cookies to a pot of soup simmering on the stove.
Comfort foods are an essential part of the hygge lifestyle and are a great way to show your loved ones how much you care. They provide us with a sense of well-being and make us feel good, both physically and emotionally. Homemade, soothing, and warm beverages are another winter favorite that create a warm kitchen atmosphere.
I mean, a mug of hot chocolate, anyone?
There are many ways to make your kitchen more hygge. By following these tips, you can create a space that’s both beautiful and inviting — a place where you’ll want to spend time with family and friends. And don’t forget, the most important part of any hygge home is creating a safe and comfortable environment for yourself and those you love.
In my upcoming blog posts, I’ll share with you some of my hygge, comfort foods recipes that are sure to please. Stay tuned!