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Infusing Hygge Into Your Home

By Nichol Altman

Inviting Hygge into your home is a beautiful way to cultivate the energy of contentment, connection and warmth into your life. It is a simple way to create an environment that both looks good and feels good for your soul. Developing a serene energy flow in your home is an important aspect of bringing sacredness into your space, where you will likely be spending the majority of your time. When infusing decor into your home, focus on creating a serenity, harmony, warmth, contentment and clutter-free spaces. Hygge is a “feeling” and not necessarily something you can see or touch.

The Danish practice of Hygge helps you infuse the feeling in your home by allowing you to decide what type of environment you desire based on your intentions. Do you desire more relaxation? More coziness? More connection? More contentment? A sacred retreat space? A place to relax and unwind? No matter your desired intentions, you can create a Hygge-home by implementing some of its basic concepts and practices. Why not infuse your home with an energy that anchors you, grounds you, connects you, and invites a sense of soul nourishment?

Creating an environment that feels good to your soul is one of the best ways to increase the energy flow throughout your home. A Hygge mindset allows you to pick and choose what makes your soul feel nourished and connected. The way you decide to implement this concept is completely personal to you, as it should be. By inviting in Hygge practices, you are allowing yourself to decide what Hygge looks and feels like to you. You empower yourself to create a soothing space that aligns with what you ultimately desire.

Below are some truly simple and fun ways to start infusing your home with the energy of Hygge. Remember, these are just basic ideas. The key is for you to promote well-being by doing whatever makes you feel best.

1. Get cozy with some textures.

Decorate with plush pillows and cozy blankets. Put fluffy cushions on your couch, bed or favorite chair. Adorn your furniture or fill a fun wicker basket with soft blankets that you can grab and curl up with while watching a movie, reading your favorite book, or taking a nap. Use these items to create a cozy “nook” in your home where you can retreat to when you need some relaxation. Adding comfy textures to your spaces is a simple way to create a warm and relaxing vibe to your home.

2. Bring in greenery.

Bringing fresh plants and flowers into your home is a beautiful and simple way to create a serene environment that not only looks nice but feels nice too. Plants offer a grounding source of energy that naturally cleanses the air and calms the nervous system. By welcoming nature into your home you are bringing in the grounding, calming and centering effects that nature provides. Using natural elements, such as plants and flowers, can be a great way to invoke the simple energy of connection.

3. Set the mood.

Diffuse essential oils, burn incense or light candle – all of these establish an energetic connection to our environment. Pick your favorite blend of oils to diffuse while in your home. Burn your favorite scent of incense. Light candles not only for the smell, but also to create a nice glow and ambiance.

4. Use lighting in your spaces.

Employ soft lighting throughout your space, especially in the early mornings and as the day turns into evening. Light candles throughout your house or let the natural sunlight flow in from windows as the sun rises or sets. Get a fire going in the fireplace for a warm glow. Hygge lighting is all about creating the perfect ambiance to invoke feelings of peace, harmony and serenity.

5. Display books and magazines.

Showcase your favorite books and magazines on shelves or coffee tables. Adding these touches to your space will help create a homey, lived-in and warm atmosphere that radiates Hygge style. Plus, why not put your books or magazines on display for quick, easy access so you can indulge yourself in a good story with nostalgic comfort?

6. Create an uplifting bathroom experience.

Having a relaxing space where you can retreat for a nice, long soak or shower is a treat for the mind, body and soul. Create a sacred experience in your bathroom by filling it with products that make you happy. Set out some candles that you can light while you soak in the tub or take a hot shower. Add Epsom salts or essential oils to your bath or shower floor. Sprinkle in dried flowers for an added goddess touch to your bath. Play your favorite music as you enjoy your soak or shower. Apply some nourishing body oil after your shower or bath. Apply a face mask and maybe even add a few drops of essential oils to further enhance the benefits. Creating the mood for whatever your soul desires that will make you contended and fulfilled.

These are just some ideas to help you get started along your path to a Hygge home. Remember, the Danish philosophy is all about simplicity, comfort, and coziness. There are no specific rules to follow when creating this lifestyle; that is the best part of the whole concept. The only thing you need to follow is your heart. Allow it to lead you into the ways you desire to feel. Everyone has a different idea of what makes them feel comfortable and content. You are free to be yourself and to be as simple or as creative as you like. Hygge is all about aligning your heart and soul. Let that be your guide as you set off to infuse your home and life with Hygge.