We all know Christmas is the time for making your home more cosy and comfortable. It’s the time of year we fluff up those pillows, bring out the blankets, switch on the fairy lights and turn on the fire – which (of course) results in some seriously homely vibes. It’s a wonder any of us ever want to leave the house!
The idea in December is to make your house a haven and a hideaway – a protective little bubble from the outside weather, and somewhere you can relax and unwind. The Danes have it right, when they coined the word Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) – a word that is used to describe that special, charming, cosy feeling or moment.
Hygge doesn’t have to be experienced inside your home, but often, the best way to describe the feeling is when you’re at home, all cosy and snug, enjoying a great film, or a good book. Or perhaps playing a board game with friends and enjoying their company.
Whilst there isn’t really one word that Hygge directly translates to, it can be described as a mix of all the following terms:
Cosiness, charm, happiness, ‘contentness’, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, kinship, simpleness, homely and snug.
If you’re looking to put a little bit of magic into your home this Christmas – then taking some inspiration from Hygge is a great place to start. As it’s what the season is all about.
How to give your home a Hygge makeover…
First of all, think about the moments at home that you adore. Once you’ve realised what you love about your home, Hygge is all about enhancing it and really perfecting that cosy moment.
We’ve given you some ideas below:
- Wrapping yourself in a blanket and watching the fire.
- Reading your favourite book under a lampshade.
- Sitting in a cosy room with friends and sharing stories.
- Sitting around the table with friends and playing board games.
- Having an indoor picnic with your children.
- Enjoying a cosy room lit with candles and fairy lights.
- Completing a jigsaw puzzle and drinking hot chocolate.
Now is the time to start prepping your home to help you enjoy all these little moments even better, and with the help of AnyVan we can assist you in delivering the perfect cosy armchair, or the perfect fireplace to its new home for a new lease of life!
Here are some ideas of amazing things to look out for, which will make your home 100% more Hygge!
A Cosy Armchair
The staple of any Hygge enthusiast. A cosy armchair is a crux to feeling cosy. The Danes even have a word for a cosy-place. Hyggekrog is another word and is essentially a nook where you can get cosy – the perfect place to put that armchair you’ve found, and a gorgeous lamp to light up your favourite book.
Here are some gorgeous examples we found on Pinterest:
This first example is all about the rustic charm. A big classic armchair is usually easy to find secondhand, so websites like eBay, Etsy and PreLoved are great (we’ll be on hand to help you get it delivered). It’s also worth checking local charity shops too! If a chair isn’t quite the right colour or texture – reupholstering is a great way to give a chair a new lease of life.
If Hygge is your goal, then make sure you opt for chairs with soft, cosy textures. Adding a shaggy rug over a chair (like this example) can really help add to that wintery, cosy, hygge effect. Who wouldn’t want to cosy up in something that cuddly?
If your home decor style is a little more modern, you might want to go for leather chairs. The great thing about leather is that it actually gets better with age – so finding something second hand is actually a great idea – as the leather will be softer and more worn. To make a leather chair even comfier and hygge, add some big cushions, like the example below.
That unique feeling of hygge could also be created by something completely unique to you. Creating somewhere special for you or your kids to hang out, would make for a lovely cosy feel at home. It’s all about making gorgeous memories and living in the moment!
We found the following examples:
A hammock isn’t just for summer! Putting up a hammock indoors is a gorgeous way to bring a hygge-vibe to your home. A hammock is the kind of thing you simply can’t help loving, they’re so comfy and cosy – and looks so stylish and unique too. You can find bespoke hammocks on Etsy – or you could even DIY your own hammock, using second-hand materials from places like eBay.
If a hammock isn’t quite right for you, try a hanging chair instead. Again, this is something you can DIY yourself – but you may find some great version on eBay or Preloved too. These work great in cottages with beams – as you have a ready-made structure to hang it from and the textures look lovely against the wood.
A Den Area
We all remember being a kid and making a den under the kitchen table or under bedsheets. It’s the ultimate feeling of hygge, being hidden and cosy and protected.
Embrace your inner child, and set up your very own den. It can be a place for sleeping, for relaxing, for reading, or just chilling out! Pop some fairy lights in there and you’re all set to go!
Here are some examples:
What is cosier than a warm fireplace on a cold winter’s night? If you’re not lucky enough to already have a fireplace in your home – you can create the same effect, with a clever bit of DIY.
Using websites like Preloved, Gumtree or eBay, you can find old / used fireplace frames (we’ll help with the delivery!). These can be mounted on to most walls – you don’t need a fire system or chimney to get the visual feel. Once mounted on the wall, you can use stacked logs and candles to give yourself a similar cosy feel, that a real fireplace would give you.
Here’s an example of how it could look:
Last but not least, don’t forget the tiny touches – to finish off your cosy, hygge home! Below are some examples of little touches you can add into the mix.
Candles: Probably the most affordable way to make a big difference. A flickering candle is a perfect way to set a relaxing atmosphere, extra points if it’s a scented candle!
Warm Lighting: Look out for quirky light fittings online, on websites like Preloved and eBay. You can find some great bargains there, and even pick up some vintage pieces.
Cosy Cushions: Add a warm, homely touch to any piece of furniture by adding a soft, snuggly cushion. You can DIY your own cushions, but there are some beautiful ones on websites like eBay and Etsy too!
Choosing your first (or next) Hygge project could be a tricky one, as there are so many incredible tutorials and ideas out there!
If you need a helping hand getting your new projects or materials back home, get in touch with AnyVan today for a free quote!
No matter what you are moving: from a King-Sized bed to a framed picture of the Queen; a Grand Piano to a classic Capri; we’ll take care of it all the way from Penzance to Peterhead and beyond.