With it being the end of September, there’s a good chance you have all your boxes unpacked in your new place and you’re starting to get settled. However, being unpacked isn’t the same as being settled. Just because your things are in place doesn’t mean you’ve had a chance to make it feel like home.
Hygge (pronounced Hoo-ga), the newest trend for home decor, is a Danish and Norwegian word to describe a feeling of coziness combined with wellness and contentment. To ensure you have a warm home that you look forward coming back to at the end of a long day, we’ve gathered the best tips from the Hygge lifestyle to help you create a cozy living space, whether you’re living in student halls or a rented flat.
- Mood lighting. Nothing is more uncomfortable than the harsh yellow-tinted ceiling lighting in your new place, which always seems to be either too bright or too dull. Instead of even turning this on, why not invest in other lighting to brighten your space and keep things cozy? Fairy lights are a go-to solution for mood lighting, available for just a few pounds at Primark or Amazon. However, for those who don’t support the fairy light trend, a large lamp can brighten up a space just as well, and RGB lights are perfect for anyone wanting to change the actual colour of their lighting with the quick click of a remote control.
- Rug. It’s out with the bland burgundy carpeting your landlord picked out, and in with an element Hygge-approved. A rug is the perfect way to make your space feel a bit more cozy, and it will completely change the atmosphere of your room more than you can imagine. Not only does it distract from your otherwise discoloured flooring, but it also sets the tone for a room and makes the space more inviting. After all, if guests come over and you’ve run out of seating, would they rather sit on the off-green carpet of your flat or a soft, comfortable rug?
- Throw blanket. Similar to the thought pattern of rugs, throw blankets are a physical embodiment of Hygge, as they’re an invitation to comfortably snuggle up in your living room and relax. I would recommend finding throw blankets that are soft to the touch, not too expensive if you want them out for guests to use, and relaxing colours, such as pinks and purples or greys and whites. Make sure to designate throw blankets for particular areas of your living space so they can sit as a cozy decoration when you’re not using them.
- Diffusers and candles. We’ve addressed ways to make your space look and feel like home, so it’s equally important that it smells like home, too. Nothing says “welcome home” like opening the door to the scent of freshly baked cookies or clean laundry, and you don’t need either in your home to achieve that. Instead, splash candles or diffusers (depending on preference and whether candles are allowed by your landlord) around your home and feel your shoulders come down when you enter a place that smells good after a long day.
- Plants. Houseplants are another great way to keep your room cozy and help you with adulting. Nothing is more attractive than knowing that your potential crush can keep a living organism alive. Some easy to care for houseplants include snake plants and dragon plants which are also among the list of houseplants that produce the most oxygen. However, if you are looking for something more advanced, then an orchid could be the plant for you. Orchids are beautiful and require very little care, but beware that overwatering can kill them faster than you might think.