How to Capture That Holiday Hygge

The shorter days and blustery weather we’re experiencing already feels like a Hallmark movie. With Winter’s arrival, now is the perfect time to make sure your home is cozy and welcoming. When it comes to bringing others into your home via Zoom, you probably want your loved ones to feel the comfort and warmth that the holidays are all about. Holiday hygge (meaning cozy and comfortable vibes) is a charming way to evoke nostalgia and create an inviting space. This all-encompassing sensory aesthetic can be achieved by focusing on your home’s holiday-themed sights, textures, sounds, (and tastes and smells for yourself!). Little details can make all the difference when it comes to the hygge vibe.

Sight

If you don’t already have a lamp next to your favorite cozy spot, then today is the day you change that! The goal here is strictly mood lighting—we aren’t looking to illuminate the whole room. Go for lower watt bulbs, just enough to create a “bring that book and snuggle up here” vibe. String up some fairy lights around your window or a focal point in your room. Light those candles and enjoy the ambiance. Grab a good book, and you’re all set for a night in.

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Smell

Lighting a fire when the wintry weather hits is idyllic. However, the smell and feeling of a fresh fire can also be achieved through other means if you don’t have a fireplace in your space. Essential oil diffusers, candles, and reed diffusers are something one can never have enough of! They really set the mood and can add as much or as little fragrance as you like. Scents that trigger positive emotions and make you feel instantly comfortable when you walk in a room are the goal. Winter scents such as cinnamon, peppermint, clove, and balsam are a great place to start.

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Touch

Drape a cozy blanket in a chunky knit or faux fur over your favorite chair. Plush textures and soft fabrics encourage relaxation. Weighted blankets are extra-cozy and are scientifically designed to make you relax. Update your throw pillows in some wintry-inspired heavy fabrics such as velvet or flannel. Don’t forget to throw on your favorite joggers or a soft sherpa shirt jacket.

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Sound

Set the mood with inviting music. Tell Alexa to play some autumn jazz or instrumental Christmas music. Or go old-school nostalgic and spin a vintage record. If you don’t already have a record collection, it’s never too late to start one. Get that guitar that’s been sitting in your closet since college. Start playing the piano in the corner again. Relaxing music, an interesting podcast, or just listening to the crackling fire can be the perfect sonic backdrop for your cozy home.

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Taste

Comfort food is the perfect choice when the weather turns frigid and you want to stay in. Have those groceries delivered and whip up something satisfying for dinner. Turn your bar cart into a holiday-themed hot chocolate bar or a Christmas cocktail cart. Load up a candy dish with dark chocolates, almonds, and cinnamon trail mix for snacking.

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