The Hygge Checklist: 10 Tips for a Cozy Winter


With the approach of the dark and gloomy weather, we are starting to look for ways to make our homes cozier this winter. And who knows better than the Nordic people?

During the winter months they often see only a few hours a day of sunlight. This is why they have come up with different ways to help them live through the darkness. One of the most popular ones is hygge culture.

What is Hygge?

In essence, hygge means creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere at home. It is all about the warmth of candlelight and having pleasant company. Hygge also embraces the art of creating intimacy. Happiness during the winter months largely stems from coziness and well-being.

If you want to preserve the nice atmosphere and pleasure in your home during the gloomy dark weather, check out our hygge checklist!

10 Tips for a Hygge Winter

Here are our 10 best tips for a hygge winter.

Get the Right Lighting

Getting the right lighting in your home is crucial for creating a cozy atmosphere. Decorate your home space with warmer lights and white bulbs. You can also add some fairy lights to your home decor to make the atmosphere more magical with the approach of Christmas. To make your home more pleasant, you can add some candlelight and a wood burner.

Check out the Scandinavian lighting collections on our website!

The Hygge Checklist

Create a Hygge Corner

Creating a Hygge corner in your home is definitely something that makes the atmosphere cozier and nicer. You can throw your favorite blankets, cushions, add some lighting or whatever else you see fit. This can be your space to relax around the holidays and “enjoy” the gloomy weather from the comfort of your home. You can stay at this corner and spend your time reading, journaling or simply relaxing and reflecting on yourself. Staying with your own thoughts has a positive effect on your mentality especially in such dark times.

Check out what types of Scandinavian accessories you can add to your cozy hygge corner!

Start a Gratitude Journal

In order for you to feel the coziness in your home, you need to also release the tension from the inside. Take some time to sit in your hygge corner and journal. This is how you can reflect on your experiences and let the hygge lifestyle in. You will allow the calmness and pleasure from the atmosphere of your home enter your body and make you feel relaxed!

Use Scents to Freshen Up Your Home

Using natural scents in your home to make the atmosphere fresh and relaxing is definitely a must. Essential oils increase coziness and largely improve your mood. Also, using scents that remind you of a pleasant experience or an approaching holiday is great to create a festive atmosphere at home. This is how you can create the Christmas vibe at your home!


Create a winter reading list with your favorite books and new ones you would like to explore. Once you make yourself feel cozy at the hygge corner, you will be surprised at how many books you can actually get through!

Get Your Coffee 

Believe it or not, the Danish people are Europe’s heaviest coffee drinkers! This is why adding a warm cup of coffee to your routine in the hygge corner will largely increase the good mood and will help you enjoy your time. Of course, if you are not into coffee, you can always go for another hot drink that will make the atmosphere cozier. All these hot drinks largely fit into the hygge style - they even have coffee Kaffehygee!

Organize a Movie Night

You probably can’t think of anything cozier than a good movie, nice company and some hot drinks! Invite your friends this winter and spend some time together to feel the spirit of hygge. The atmosphere will be filled with coziness and good spirit!

Light Candles

Candlelights can definitely brighten up the atmosphere and make your home cozier this winter. They are one of the crucial components of the hygge checklist. This is the way you embrace coziness and safety. 

However, if you are worried about the chemicals and pesticide in candles, you can try a healthier alternative which is a Himalayan salt lamp. No matter what you choose, make sure that you enjoy the moment!

Design Letters Light Candles

Create a Simple Tradition

Creating a tradition that you and your friends or family know about will make you feel closer. You can organize some gatherings once or twice a month to catch up and just recreate the cozy vibe. In this way you will create memories and foster social connection. Such a simple tradition will bring you closer to your hygge lifestyle.

Warm Up Your Blanket

Since hygge is created by coziness, you can warm your socks, blanket and pajamas before going to bed. This is how you can really feel the warmth and let the hygge style inside your home during the winter holidays!

Check out some of our cozy bedding collections to pick your hygge corner accessories.

Rhythm Throw by Muuto

Embracing the hygge lifestyle and implementing it into your design can make your home cozier and warmer. This is why this checklist helps you figure out what you are missing and make it a part of your everyday life during the winter months. This is the only way for you to stay relaxed and keep the warmth in your home!

If you are looking for more design ideas, check out our 15 Scandinavian living room ideas!

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