You might have heard of "hygge," but what exactly is it? Well, hygge (pronounced "hue-guh") is a Danish word that refers to a feeling of coziness, comfort, charm, and specialness. While it can refer to all aspects of life, it's recently been used in common parlance to refer to a certain decorative style. If you're trying to hyggeify your bedroom, you've come to the right place.
It's important to remember that you don't need to spend a fortune on designer Scandinavian homeware to make your bedroom feel more hygge. The following tips can help you hyggeify your bedroom on a budget.
It's easy to spend too much on your new hygge obsession if you don't think carefully about the pieces you want or need. Buy too much, and you'll not only blow your budget, you’ll also end up with a room that looks cluttered rather than hygge.
Before you buy anything, consider whether it's beautiful and useful. If it doesn't meet both of those criteria, move on. For your bedroom, focus on cozy additions or anything that creates a comforting ambience. Some of our bedroom favorites include blankets, throws, and pillows for cozying up; fairy lights, candles, and lamps for creating soft lighting; simple plants, such as succulents for adding to your overall wellbeing; and beautiful books for perusing while you get cozy. If you plan out exactly what you need before you buy, you'll end up spending less.
Once you know which items you want, it's time to shop around for a desirable price. Compare retailers, and embrace the "sort low to high" function when you visit online stores. Sure, you could spend hundreds of dollars on a high-end blanket, but you can also find plenty of cozy options for less. You don’t need to shell out for fancy fairy lights, either; basic Christmas lights will do the job just as well. Often, the best prices are found online.
If you're following a strict budget, it doesn't hurt to look for used bargains. Thrift stores can be a treasure trove of hygge goodness with blankets, throws, lamps, and vintage decorative pieces that cost a fraction of what you'd pay for something new. Everyone has their own comfort zone when buying used items. Some people don’t want to buy used bedding, for instance, but they would happily buy a used lamp or candle holder. If you stick to used items in good condition and from reputable brands, they can end up lasting longer than items you might have bought new for cheap.
You can take simple steps to hyggeify your bedroom. A large budget isn't a prerequisite.
Lighting is important in a hygge bedroom. Bright overhead lights are far from relaxing, but if you don't want to rely on lamps or other lighting alone, consider installing a dimmer switch on your bedroom light fixture. Dimmer switches cost less than $20, and they're surprisingly easy to fit yourself — an inexpensive route to ambient lighting.
You might be surprised at how many items you already own that can help hyggeify your bedroom. That candlestick or tealight holder that you only use on special occasions could sit on your nightstand to create some cozy mood lighting. Your box of cold-weather blankets might harbor some gems you could layer on your bed or fold over the back of a chair. And if you have a few too many throw pillows on your couch, move them to your bed to create a warm and comfortable nest. Because you don't need any specialist items to make your bedroom hygge, you're likely to find some things lying around that you can use.
Although most people think of a certain decorative style when they think of hygge, there's much more to it than that. No literal translation for “hygge” exists in the English language; it’s a concept that has to do with finding joy in every day while feeling cozy, happy, and safe. Cuddling up with your loved ones on your bed, watching a movie, or drinking cups of tea is arguably more hygge than finding that "perfect" throw. Embracing the concept of hygge is free, and you can't get more of a bargain than that!