Bringing Hygge Home: 10 Simple Ways to Embrace the Danish Art of Cosiness

Hygge is a Danish concept that has gained popularity in recent years as a way to create a cosy and comfortable atmosphere in the home. Pronounced ‘hoo-gah’, this concept is all about embracing simplicity, comfort, and joy in daily life, and it can be a great way for parents to create a warm and inviting atmosphere in the home.
‘There’s nothing more hygge than sitting around with friends and family, discussing the big and small things in life. Perhaps hygge explains why the Danes are some of the happiest people in the world.’
Why not try adopting some hygge into your own family traditions? 

10  tips for adopting a hygge approach at home.

hygge infographic listing 10 ideas families can adopt

Embrace simplicity:

Hygge is all about embracing simplicity and focusing on the things that matter most in life. Clear out clutter and simplify your home by only keeping what you truly need and love.

Create a warm atmosphere:

Use soft lighting, comfortable furnishings, and cosy textiles to create a warm and inviting atmosphere in the home. Consider lighting candles or burning incense to enhance the cosy atmosphere.

Spend time with loved ones:

Hygge is about spending quality time with loved ones and creating meaningful connections. Make time each week for family game nights, movie nights, or dinner together.

Get creative:

Embrace your creative side and find new ways to bring joy and comfort into your home. Whether it’s painting, cooking, or crafting, find activities that bring you joy and do them regularly.

Embrace nature:

Spending time in nature is a key component of hygge. Take regular walks in the park, go on hikes, or simply spend time in your backyard.

Practice gratitude:

Hygge is all about appreciating the simple things in life. Take time each day to reflect on the things you are grateful for, such as your family, your home, or your health.

Turn off technology:

Hygge is about disconnecting from the outside world and focusing on the present moment. Turn off your phones, televisions, and computers, and spend time in the present moment with your loved ones.

Get comfortable:

Hygge is all about comfort. Invest in comfortable furnishings, soft bedding, and cosy textiles to create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere in your home.

Cook and eat together:

Cooking and eating together is a key component of hygge. Whether it’s a simple meal or a fancy dinner, make time each week to cook and eat together as a family.

Celebrate the seasons:

Hygge is about embracing the seasons and the changing of the year. Celebrate the autumn with cosy fires and warm drinks, or embrace the winter with family meals and cosy nights in reading a good book.

Adopting a hygge approach to your home can help you create a warm, cosy, and inviting atmosphere for you and your family. By embracing simplicity, spending time with loved ones, and turning off technology, you can find peace and happiness in the daily routines of life. Embrace your creative side, celebrate the seasons, and make time for the things that bring you joy. Hygge is all about creating a comfortable and joyful life, and it can be a great way for parents to create a warm and inviting home for their families.
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Sian Thomas
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I’m Siân (rhymes with yarn), a play advocate, proud parent to three, and former teacher. My mission is to infuse more joy and less overwhelm into the lives of parents. Discover play-based activities with me that not only make learning FUN but also forge deep connections with your young learners, creating memories to cherish forever.