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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.