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How to transform your new house into the Hygge home of your dreams [first timer’s guide to the Danish style]

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How to Bring Hygge into Your New Home

When you first move into a new house, you might not experience that warm and fuzzy feeling of home, sweet home, right away. Thankfully, there are some quick and easy ways that you can help make your space cozier, no matter its size.

Read on to learn more about the concept of Hygge, and how you can bring it into your new home?

WHAT IS HYGGE? Definition of this Danish style

You might have seen the term “hygge” used in articles about fashion or the home lately. It’s a Danish cultural concept that has become very popular in recent years, despite having been around for centuries! While hygge initially started as a way for people to create coziness as a way of coping with cold winters has evolved into an entire lifestyle.

There isn’t really one concrete definition of hygge; rather, it’s used to describe whatever makes you and your space feel warmer and more inviting. That could be through new decor, or something as simple as a cup of hot cocoa. Even though any size home can evoke hygge, there’s something to be said about the coziness of a small space. Of the many benefits of a small house, its innate ability to allow you to focus on the joy of family, friends and experiences makes it the perfect host for hygge.

NEW HOMES AND HYGGE

Unfortunately, new houses of any size are quite objectively anti-hygge. Even if you pictured yourself and your family in your new space during the open house, the stark, white walls and general emptiness when you first move in don’t exactly scream cozy comfort. Thankfully, there are simple ways you can bring hygge into your new home in no time.

Add warmth to the walls with creamy paint colors (a easy Hygge addition)

Stark white is often used when showing an empty home to help create the appearance of openness and space – but while sterile white walls might feel clean and bright, they’re more clinical than they are inviting. An easy way to evoke the comfort and warmth of hygge is to paint your walls a slightly warmer color. While you don’t need to go full goldenrod, a subtle cream or warm taupe can completely transform your space.

Bring the outdoors in with touches of greenery is a great way to incorporate Hygge into your home 

The color green is generally associated with balance and harmony; indoor plants can help you to fill your surroundings with calming energy as well as filter out contaminants in the air. Another benefit of bringing the outdoors in? Plants’ brightness and beauty can help boost your mood. If you’re limited on floor space and can’t put anything large on the floor, table plants like succulents and lucky bamboo can make resilient and charming additions to your space.

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Bring in green accents along with warm walls to add a touch of Hygge to your home

Drape thick, snuggly blankets over your furniture to inspire relaxation and Hygge

Mixing fabric and textures is a great way to create visual interest and evoke a comforting environment. Thick knits in neutral colors go with everything and look equally at home on a couch, chair or bed. Casually drape a blanket or two over your furniture to make you (and your guests) want to kick off their shoes and snuggle up.

Use artistic light fixtures to cast shadows and add dimension is a little known Hygge trick 

Hang or place dimmable lamps in cozy corners of your home to create depth and a feeling of warmth. When light comes from multiple places, it allows you to see everything you need but doesn’t allow the space to feel so bright that it’s no longer inviting. Experiment with placement to find where your lamps look best.

Break out the books and create a cozy reading nook

What’s cozier than snuggling up on the couch with a good book? Snuggling up on the couch with a pile of good books. Designate the most inviting corner of the house as your reading nook, and set aside a shelf or two of your favorites to create a space that feels both personal and special. You’ll find it hard to leave!

Feel the soothing glow of warm flames.

Even if you don’t have the luxury of a crackling fireplace, lit candles are the perfect way to bring the comfort of hygge to your home. You really can’t go overboard in this area: Find colors and scents that remind you of your favorite people and places and light them on your coffee table, your nightstand, at your bathroom sink, anywhere you need a little pick-me-up.

Set the scene with moody music – who says Hygge is just visual? 

Music is a powerful way to help inspire the type of atmosphere you’d like to create for your home. Whether you’re looking to spark romance or joy, turn on a playlist that helps set the tone. It’s a quick and inexpensive way to feel an emotional connection with those around you.

A Cozy, Hygge Home

Many people dream of having a cozy home to make happy memories, but not everyone knows how to begin the process. Thankfully, a few simple additions can transform the blank canvas that is your new house into the Hygge home of your dreams

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Malika Bowling

Malika is the author of several books including Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and the founder of Roamilicious. She is also a Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant. Follow us @Roamilicious on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for the content not shared on the blog. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter (subscribe box below) and never miss a contest, giveaway or the latest must visit restaurant!