Hygge is a Norwegian term that loosely translates to "well-being," but it's one of those words that doesn't have a concrete translation to English. Pronounced "HEW-guh," Hygge is a concept of creating a living space that is cozy, quiet, and candlelit, which can influence feelings of happiness and contentment.
Our homes serve as more than just a living space. They are often our work space, our retreat, and a space to gather with friends and family. Making small, but impactful changes to our living spaces and home decor can be incredibly life-enhancing. It can affect our perception of day-to-day life, our confidence, and even our productivity. These changes don't have to be big money moves, just a small change in environment.
With more and more of our time being spent indoors and big seasonal changes on the horizon, it's important to shift the energy in our homes. Here are a few ways to enact Hygge around your home.
An amazing way to add a bit of ambiance to your decor is to place candles in clusters around your home. Danes call it levende lys which literally translates to "living light." A lit candle or group of candles creates instant Hygge by making the atmosphere warm and cozy.
A lightly-scented candles decorate your personal space in a second way - their scent. Beyond the way they look, their color, and their arrangement in your room, you can also choose a scents based on each room or space of your house that will bring out a specific memory or feeling. The smell of a house or a room is the first thing we notice and it subconsciously builds our mood. You can start by asking yourself the question, “What mood/message do I want for this space?”
Here are few tips to get you started: fruity flavors are great for body refreshment and a quick uplifting of energy, and they nicely match a lively atmosphere. Woody notes, the scents of the forest and fresh leaves, as well as the delicate aromas of the ocean and mountain air, create the illusion of the open space. They are ideal for both autumn and winter days, when closed windows and a lack of fresh air and natural light may be in short supply.
Electric lights are often too harsh or colored incorrectly, detracting from a cozy home experience. Clusters of candles glow and flicker in a way that immediately inspires a hygge environment. Their soothing illumination is the perfect way to provide low, pleasant lighting for a peaceful and calm mood.
Are candles not quite bright enough for what you need? Stick to soft or natural lighting either way. If your living space has good natural light, open up the curtains and enjoy some lovely sunlight to illuminate your space. If not, try a lower-wattage bulb or a faux-antique lightbulb that burns at a lower intensity. A good-old-fashioned lampshade can also work just fine!
Cluttered domiciles are the opposite of Hygge living. A cluttered home is a cluttered mind!
A big part of Hygge is being intentional with the things that are in your home. Take some time and really go through your belongings - what do you reallyneed for a functional home?
At the end of the Hygge decorating process, your home should still feel distinctly you, just without an infinite number of tchotchkes gathering dust on your shelves. Hygge means understanding what carries a meaningful and functional value in your home and getting rid of what doesn’t.
Which of your decorations or possessions truly means something to you? Hygge doesn't mean to throw out everything - these might be good objects to hold onto, or even turn into the focal point of a room.
Hygge color palates typically keep things monochromatic in hues of whites, tans, beige, greys, and other neutral colors, with occasional splashes of other colors (think natural, muted shades of blue or green).
Try adding various textures to your Hygge space to add visual interest to the room in the place of splashes of bright color. For example, combining a creatively-knit blanket, a stone vase, and faux-fur pillows can bring liveliness to a room while still embracing a Hygge approach.
Don't Forget The Kitchen & Bathroom
We spend a lot of time in both the kitchen and the bathroom, but unsurprisingly, these spaces can both be very difficult to keep organized... But these spaces can still be Hygge! Here are a couple tips:
Kitchens are one of the worst offenders for anti-Hygge homes! Go through your cupboards and purge all of the expired foods, unused utensils, and junk drawers. Organizational tools are your friend here! See how you can use your island, cupboards, or shelving in the most eye-pleasing and ergonomic way.
Invest in some fluffy bath mats, lovely towels, and a plush bathrobe - mix textures to ensure that oh-so-Hygge feel. Once you've redecorated, light a few candles and sink into the tub with an aromatic bath bomb.
Pick the Perfect Candles for Your Hygge Home
It’s important to pick the right candles that will add ambiance to your home design and personal space. A great alternative to lower-quality or harmful candles are are soy wax candles. Soy wax is derived from Soybeans and the whole process is natural and environment-friendly. Burning a soy wax candle is both non-toxic and better for the environment and your health.
Each Jackpot Candles candle is hand-poured using only 100% soy wax. Our unique formula and is filled with a custom blend of powerful fragrances made to help you feel nostalgic, happy, and serene while you're enjoying the fall weather from the comfort of your home.
Spring, summer, winter, or fall, Jackpot's autumn scented candles are an amazing way to get into that cozy, fall mindset. When you're done relaxing to our soothing scents - each of our candles comes with a delightful jewelry surprise as well. Don't forget that they make great gifts!