Hello cold days!! Hot chocolate, cold nights, stars, frosty mornings and warm hearts. Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire or barbeque stand. And what better way to embrace this winter season than doing it the hygee way. Hygge (pronounced hooga) is the Danish version of coziness that’s all about enjoying life’s simple pleasures with friends and family. It is also embodied in their décor with a strong emphasis on creating a peaceful, serene space that is free of clutter. Now thanks to the Danish, your home just got super cosy. Here are some of our favourite winter hygee tips to keep your family snug at little or no cost, while still enjoying the simple things in life.
- Make Door-Draft Guards
A common place for drafts to enter your house are underneath doors. Covering your door with a simple towel or blanket laid at the foot of a door can stop warm air from leaking out and cold air from seeping in, keeping your house toasty warm. Take a walk around your house looking for signs of noticeable door drafts both inside and outside your house. Also, making your own DIY draft guard could save you a lot of dollars. All you need is basic sewing supplies lying around and if you don’t sew you can simply cover your door with a thick blanket.
- Move Your Sofa
Having your sofa real close to the heater my feel amazing, but it prevents heat that could be warming your living room from circulating. Not only that, it can damage your sofas too. Moving your sofa away from the heater or fireplace, will let you get the most out of your heat source. Hot air can circulate freely.
- Use A Rug
Wooden and tiled floors can make a room icy cold. Putting a warm rug or area carpets down can combat that problem and help retain heat in your home. The rug can also serve as style feature that outlives the winter.
- Close Doors to Unused Rooms
We recommend closing doors to rooms you’re not using. It helps to lessen the amount of space in your home to heat, allowing warmer air to stay in the rooms you are using.
- Keep Throw Blankets and Lap Rugs
Keeping a throw blanket over the back of your sofa can improve your comfort levels while you’re watching TV without turning up the radiator. Throw rugs can be wrapped around cold feet helping you stay warm and cosy. Hygge can also be achieved with woollen socks, hats and thick winter jumpers.
- Be sociable.
Hygge is all about the warmth of friendship, laughter, conversation, life. Make a date and meet with friends, don’t become isolated – have coffee in the afternoon together, barbeque outside with friends and family. Beat the winter blues by spending more time with your loved ones.
- Create A Comfortable Atmosphere.
Coziness is prime when it comes to hygge decor. One way to do this is by decorating with fuzzy pillows and soft comforters. Cuddle up on the couch with layers of fancy blankets and pillows to make sure your home stays cozy all winter long.
By Tapiwa Mhlanga