Hello & welcome back! We’re starting this manifesto series off with atmosphere.
Hygge is not complete without candles. Danish people have the strongest association between candles and Hygge so there’s a small likelihood that you enter a danish home without candles burning. In addition, they prefer soothing pools of light versus one prominent light fixture, i.e. a string of lights or soft bulbs. “A flickering fire can instantly make any space feel intimate. If you don't have a fireplace in your home, create that warm and cozy vibe by arranging candles of different sizes and shapes into a cluster”, Kayleigh Tanner at Hello Hygge. A few ideas on how to create this lovely atmosphere include: fairy lights, candles, limited overheard lighting, and dimmers; Jessica at Curbly has a slew of great ideas in her Lighting Tricks post. Alexandra and Koen at Hygge Life in Colorado wrote, “Make your home a hygge haven. Light candles throughout the day, pile the couch with pillows and blankets and put on your favorite music. If you have a fireplace, use it throughout the day” on their blog post - How to Hygge at Home. Danes love lighting candles and cuddling up by a fire with a hot beverage in hand. I think this is the best way to spend your time, but I may be biased… I started a company on the hunt for this feeling and spreading that love to others.
Let us know how you create a Hygge atmosphere in the comments below!
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