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Achieving ‘Hygge’ in Your Rustic Home

Finding Comfort and Enjoyment Through ‘Hygge’

Denmark is consistently named one of the happiest countries on the planet, and it’s not an accident, either. The Danish people follow a concept called “hygge” (hoo-gah) that enables one to find comfort and enjoyment in the everyday, soothing things we find in life. These are almost always the inexpensive things and moments that we cherish most.

Winter is a particularly popular time to practice hygge because so much of it revolves around being warm, cozy, and comfortable. Sitting down in front of the fire with a hot cup of cocoa while wearing your favorite sweater and slippers is the perfect example. The feeling you get in this kind of moment is essentially what hygge is all about.

But, did you know that you can achieve throughout your entire home? Here are some tips to achieve hygge in your rustic home this winter.

Turn the Bright Lights Off

Bright lights can be jarring to the eyes, so they naturally go against the feeling you are trying to achieve. Keep your bright overhead lights off unless you’re having dinner, and instead use warmer lights like table lamps, candles, and of course, the fireplace.

DeClutter

It will be virtually impossible to achieve hygge in a room that is perpetually messy and disorganized. So, be sure and tidy your home up and put everything in its proper place. Further, you can take the opportunity to remove any items that do not bring you intense feelings of joy.

Surround Yourself With Things You Love

In hygge, you want to be surrounded by the things you love the most, but the concept of hygge doesn’t necessarily fit squarely with consumerism. This means that everything you surround yourself with needs to be meaningful to you and/or to tell a story.

Things like family heirlooms, gifts from loved ones, memorable vacation souvenirs, and other such personal items will help you get the feeling you’re going for. Remember, just because you own something doesn’t mean you love it – so take inventory of your possessions and keep only what serves you around.

Feature Soft Textures

With hygge, you need to be cozy and comfortable in every room of this house, which means that soft textures work always best. Have plenty of pillows, blankets, throws, rugs, and other soft textured items at the ready, whether you’re in the living room or the bedroom.

Bring the Outdoors Inside

A hygge home features plenty of natural materials, like wood, leather, and stone. In a rustic home, you will already be most of the way there – all you’ll have to do is to find additional ways to bring nature inside.

For instance, gather fallen pine tree limbs and make a wreath, collect fallen leaves and sticks and some stones to make a centerpiece. Find a handsome branch and prop it up in an empty corner – you’re only limited by your imagination.

Enjoy Meals Together With Loved Ones

Among the Danish, gathering family and friends around a large wooden table, sitting on wood chairs, and enjoying a big meal together is a hallmark of hygge. The wood table and chairs bring the natural element to the mix, while the meal and loved ones add the sense of warmth and comfort that is key to the concept. Dinner is a great time to put away the electronic devices, so you can focus on the act of eating together.

Log Furniture Place Can Help You Bring Hygge to Your Home

Log Furniture Place is a natural fit for those looking to achieve hygge in their households. All our products are made using locally sourced natural materials, which complement hygge philosophy perfectly.

If you want more hygge in your rustic home, then shop our inventory online and we think you’ll love the selection and prices for our natural wood products. We work tirelessly to ensure your complete satisfaction, and we back up that commitment with a solid warranty. Contact us today if you have any questions regarding our process and/or customization options.