Creating a Hygge-Inspired Space

Embracing All Things Cozy for the Winter

Hygge, while sometimes difficult to pronounce, is actually fairly easy to incorporate into your home. By definition, it is anything that helps to create a feeling of coziness and happiness within a space. From hobbies that encourage relaxation and reflection to an environment filled with all things warm and inviting, it’s without a doubt an essential part of surviving those long and cold Minnesota winters.

So, how do you incorporate this Danish idea into your own space? Read on – with our foolproof tips and tricks, you’ll welcome those colder temps in before you know it.

Seasonal Scents

While the specific scent notes of fall and winter differ for everyone according to personal taste, there’s no better way to welcome in the season than with a nostalgic-filled candle or meal. Our sense of smell is, after all, one of the strongest associations with memory. Whether you love the smell of mulled cider wafting through the house or you prefer the crisp scent of pine trees, incorporating something that brings you joy will help to set the right vibe in your home.

 

Fresh warm cinnamon rolls create an unforgettable scent throughout a home, setting the stage for a hygge-filled space. / Source

Fresh warm cinnamon rolls create an unforgettable scent throughout a home, setting the stage for a hygge-filled space. / Source

 

Hot mulled cider is a seasonal favorite for many; its distinctive scent brings beloved memories to mind. / Source

Hot mulled cider is a seasonal favorite for many; its distinctive scent brings beloved memories to mind. / Source

 

Lighting a candle is a simple - and impactful - way to bring instant hygge into the home. / Source

Lighting a candle is a simple – and impactful – way to bring instant hygge into the home. / Source

Layers Upon Layers

Of course, the cold months of the midwest aren’t complete without an abundance of blankets to usher in the warmth. Take that to heart when you’re setting up your hygge space and be sure to incorporate plenty of layers into your decor. You can easily drape a few across your sofa or armchair, or try adding a blanket ladder to your room to store extra throws. Aside from curling up with these, you definitely want to use layers elsewhere, too. From plush rugs that make you want to curl up on the floor in front of the fire to soft and luxurious throw pillows that transform your space for the season, you can never truly have enough.

 

A beautiful metallic basket provides extra storage for warm throws that guests can easily access all season long. / Source

A beautiful metallic basket provides extra storage for warm throws that guests can easily access all season long. / Source

 

A corner reading oasis is given hygge status with layered pillows and throws, and plenty of natural light. / Source

A corner reading oasis is given hygge status with layered pillows and throws, and plenty of natural light. / Source

 

This dining table becomes a hygge retreat with faux fur draped across each chair for warmth, and table linens that are a festive sight during cold months. / Source

This dining table becomes a hygge retreat with faux fur draped across each chair for warmth, and table linens that are a festive sight during cold months. / Source

Ambient Lighting

Candles, table lamps, twinkle lights, and more are essential to creating a hygge-filled space. Just as you would layer textiles to create warmth, so, too, should you layer your lighting to encourage a calm and relaxing atmosphere. Avoid the too-bright overhead lights we often have in most rooms, and instead opt for an overall softer glow. It’s sure to bring a sense of peacefulness that can’t be beat.

 

An entryway lamp provides a soft glow, welcoming guests in from the cold. / Source

An entryway lamp provides a soft glow, welcoming guests in from the cold. / Source

 

In this beautiful bedroom, brass swing arm lamps provide more focused and ambient reading light at night. / Source

In this beautiful bedroom, brass swing arm lamps provide more focused and ambient reading light at night. / Source

 

This cozy living room corner is illuminated by natural light and a stylish floor lamp, creating a hygge aesthetic that’s perfect for winter. / Source

This cozy living room corner is illuminated by natural light and a stylish floor lamp, creating a hygge aesthetic that’s perfect for winter. / Source

Nature Connections

When it comes to hygge, windows are so important to helping you establish a connection to the world outside (even if those temps drop below zero). Because winter is so long and hard here, we’re forced to stay inside for months at a time, and that can be exhausting in its own way. So, instead of getting down about the limited mobility, use your windows to your advantage. Create reading nooks where you can sit down with a good book and a cup of tea. Or, prioritize views from comfortable gathering spaces – by seeing nature frequently, it can help to lift our spirits and lessen the strain of those winter blues.

 

In this loft apartment, a corner window is transformed into a cozy reading nook with comfortable seating, warm throws, and plenty of magazines. / Source

In this loft apartment, a corner window is transformed into a cozy reading nook with comfortable seating, warm throws, and plenty of magazines. / Source

 

Windows get new life with the addition of a built-in bench seat, complete with hygge-laden pillows and light. / Source

Windows get new life with the addition of a built-in bench seat, complete with hygge-laden pillows and light. / Source (Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Carly Waters Style.)

 

A bedroom embraces the coziness of winter with a premier window view of the lake and ultra-warm bedding. / Source

A bedroom embraces the coziness of winter with a premier window view of the lake and ultra-warm bedding. / Source

Prioritizing What You Love 

Finally, hygge is all about creating a sense of happiness – and in our opinion, one of the best ways to do that is to prioritize what you love. Fill your space with hobbies and items that bring you joy, whether that is a stack of books you’ve been dying to read, an ongoing jigsaw puzzle, or a guitar you can strum while the snow falls. When we keep our most prized possessions in easy-to-reach places, overall contentment is much more attainable.

 

A classic artist’s set is a great way to invite hygge into the home - not only is it compact with only the essentials, but it’s portable and easy to move from room to room. / Source

A classic artist’s set is a great way to invite hygge into the home – not only is it compact with only the essentials, but it’s portable and easy to move from room to room. / Source

 

By keeping your favorite books stacked beautifully on your coffee table or console, it will help to bring you joy and make your space feel inviting. / Source

By keeping your favorite books stacked beautifully on your coffee table or console, it will help to bring you joy and make your space feel inviting. / Source

 

A lush velvet sofa, a crate of beloved books, and a guitar make this living room the perfect hygge space. / Source

A lush velvet sofa, a crate of beloved books, and a guitar make this living room the perfect hygge space. / Source

 

As we move into the holidays, remember that hygge isn’t just about seasonal cheer that gets tucked back into boxes when January hits. It’s about making space to enjoy each moment all winter long (and beyond). With layers of cozy fabrics, a beloved hobby, nostalgic scents, nature connections, and mood lighting, you’re sure to have a space that will make you rethink the hardships of winter. Who knows? You may actually grow to love it.

By Megan Johansson, Contributor to Sneak Peek Design

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