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28 January . 2020

How to Hygge: 6 Tips for Achieving Maximum Coziness

Hygge (pronounced “hue-gah”) is a Danish concept regarding the type of coziness that brings contentment and well-being. It is an integral part of Danish culture. And since Denmark is consistently ranked as one of the Happiest Countries on Earth by the UN’s World Happiness Report, it stands to reason that incorporating hygge into your life can make you happier. We’re rounding up 6 ways to bring more hygge - and happiness - into your home and your life. 

 

Use Soft Lighting

One essential part of hygge is lighting, and candlelight in particular. Danes burn more candles per person than any other country in the world, according to one study. Candles, especially in the fall and winter, can help create a cozy and soothing atmosphere. When you’re home shopping, consider the lighting scheme - maximize natural light and inside, go for dimmers whenever possible. 

Oversized windows and a crackling fireplace in the Shenandoah model by ICI Homes are the perfect way to add light and serenity to your home. 

 

Think About Texture

Is there anything cozier than wrapping yourself in a soft blanket? Incorporate soft textures into your home in the form of blankets and throw pillows. Think faux furs and chunky knits. Natural wood textures are also calming. 

 

Choose Muted Colors

Color science tells us that the brighter or bolder a color is, the more it is associated with excitement and stimulation. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s not very relaxing. Instead of bright hues, opt for more neutral colors. Pick muted colors while in your builder’s design center, and bring in soft colors in the form of accent pieces, furniture, and textiles. 

Mix-and-match neutrals in the Arthur Rutenberg Carmel model are eye-catching yet relaxing.

 

Embrace Minimalism

There’s a big difference between cozy and cramped. Perhaps you’ve heard the recent design trend of only keeping items that bring you joy? That’s a big part of hygge as well. Having a minimalist interior will not only be more calming to your eyes, it ensures that your home is only filled with things you love, promoting happiness. If you’re moving into a new home, it’s the perfect time to declutter. 

 

Enjoy the Outdoors

Hygge is more than just decor, it’s a lifestyle that embraces slowness, togetherness, and reveling in “the little things.” Taking a leisurely bike ride through the 25+ miles of trails at FishHawk Ranch is a great way to get in the Danish spirit - Danes bike one mile a day on average. 

With a backyard like this, you can enjoy your time outdoors right at home. Visit the Shenandoah model by ICI Homes to see this beautiful backyard in person. 

 

Put Down Your Phone

There might be nothing less hygge than spending the day with your eyes glued to your phone. Instead of screen time, opt for purposeful togetherness. This fall, try a candlelit dinner or family board game night. If you’re looking for solitude, why not treat yourself to an at-home spa day? 

This luxurious bathroom in the Carmel model by Arthur Rutenberg Homes is the perfect spot to unwind. 

 

We hope these tips help you find more happiness in your home - and if you're looking for a new home to make your happy place, check out our Homefinder