6 Ways to Add More Warmth and Coziness to Your Home in Winter
As much as some people can’t wait for winter to be over, there is something special about snuggling up in front of the fire on a cold and snowy winter’s night. It’s a sense of coziness that penetrates the soul, a feeling most people wish could last all winter long to help them manage the winter blues. One way to help you get through winter is to make your home as warm and cozy as possible. Make your home so comfortable that you won’t care less if Punxsutawney Phil doesn’t see his shadow. This isn’t a new concept. The Danish, who are known to be the happiest people on earth, adopt the concept of Hygge (hoo-gah) to help them get through their harsh winters. Hygge is the practice of making your home cozy, warm, and inviting. Here are six ways you can create a cozier and more Hygge home for your family this winter
1. Light Candles Candles
emit a soft, warm light and they produce heat, two things that set the stage for the perfect Hygge home. A fireplace is often associated with Hygge, but if you don’t have one in your home, using candles will provide you close to the same result. Stay away from harsh white lights because they are clinical-looking, and fail to produce the calming sensation you want to feel during this time of year
2. Add More Natural Elements
Hygge celebrates simplicity and relaxation, so it makes sense that natural elements like wood, stones, and other outdoor materials fit well within the concept. From hardwood flooring to decorative branches and rocks to wood furniture, bringing in accents that connect you closer to nature will help make your home cozier and more comfortable.
4. Use More Pillows
A key focus of Hygge is to create soft and comfortable surfaces in the home, so stock up on pillows and use them throughout the family room to make it cozier. Place them on your sofa, lay them on the ground, put them wherever you need them to be so you can make the room as comfortable as it can be.
5. Surround Yourself With Your Favorite Things
Another key facet of Hygge is surrounding yourself with the things you cherish most, so everywhere you look you will see something you love. This can be anything from books to family photos to vacation souvenirs to family heirlooms. While Hygge is often associated with simple living, it doesn’t mean that you have to be a minimalist to practice it. In fact, there is a fine line between cozy and cluttered, so try your best not to cross it.
6. Use a Warm Color Palette
Cool colors aren’t very cozy so you will want to use warm, natural tones to make your home feel warmer and cozier. These are colors found in nature, like browns, greens, oranges, and reds. Don’t think about how the colors will look in your home, think about how the colors will make the home feel. It doesn’t take a lot of major changes to make your home feel cozier, and it is not difficult or expensive to adopt the Danish concept of Hygge to your home. Give it a try this winter and see for yourself how it positively affects your mood and your thoughts in the winter months. Spring will be here before you know it, but with a Hygge home, you won’t care when it arrives