Perhaps you’ve heard people talking about the Danish practice of hygge and you’ve been curious about what it really is. Or maybe you’ve already started down the road to bringing elements of the theory into your own life. Either way, at Window Treats serving Monmouth Beach, we think it’s a delightful practice and have a few ideas for how you can easily bring it to your life and home. Read on to learn more!
Hygge Is Like a Hug
Pronounced “hyoo-guh,” the word hygge comes from a similar root as our English word “hug.” And when it comes down to it, practicing hygge is really like experiencing a hug. The practice encourages people to slow their pace and feel connected to the world and those around them. It helps people “find a healthier work-life balance, to be more in the moment, to build interpersonal relationships, and to turn off digital distractions,” noted Tova Brandt, curator of Danish American culture at the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa. The idea of hygge began as a lifestyle movement, but has evolved to encompass a home’s ambience and décor. Below are some tips for how you can bring the sense of hygge to your home—but remember: it’s not a checklist of boxes to tick off. It’s all about that feeling of a hug.
Add Comfort and Warmth
Think of the things that will most bring you and anyone in your home comfort, like comfortable versus stiff clothing. Simple entertainment, without that huge platter of food and instead with the minimal. Board games that encourage interaction and even bring out ones from your childhood for a little sense of nostalgia. Also think about the ambience. Decorate with (and light!) candles—their soft glow is calming and restorative, and they evoke a feeling of being by a cozy fireplace. Use comfy textures such as warm knits and sherpa fabrics as accessories—and don’t be afraid to wrap up in them when you want. Finally, bring nature indoors—aspen or birch logs make great decorative elements, as can wreaths made of pine boughs or dried stems.
Take Time for Yourself
Hygge can be individual as well, with you taking time to do things for yourself, like knitting or reading a book. Why not set up a cozy nook that can be your “away at home” spot? Set up a comfy armchair in a corner with a good reading lamp and a side table to rest that warm cocoa on. Or if you have a bay window, use that as your spot by adding plush pillows and the right window fashions to feel ensconced. For example, consider Provenance® Woven Wood Shades give a sense of the great outdoors while creating an effect of melding the windows together. You can also add custom drapery from the Hunter Douglas Design Studio™ to block the seating area from the rest of the room. No matter the style, always go for what feels the most comfortable.
Bringing Hygge Home in Little Silver, Locust New Jersey
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