Hygge living, a term used in Denmark and Norway, refers to a feeling of coziness and contentment. An emphasis is on mindful living and embracing simple acts that can lead to enjoyment. Instead of always needing new things, we can instead indulge in the conversation of others or the quiet solitude of reading. And while you may think that a rustic house in a rural setting, there is a way to create the art of hygge in condo living.
Fill the room with candles
In addition to lamps, you can pick candles for that soft, welcoming glow. Both large and small candles can contribute to the overall elegance. Furthermore, you can pick candles that have welcoming scents. Place candles at different levels so that some are on coffee tables and some are on wall shelves to provide a more dynamic lighting experience.
Embrace the window seat
Condo living brings a lot of benefits, and among them is the breathtaking views. Instead of hiding these vistas, embrace them. If you can, place a low bench in front of a window. Add over-stuffed pillows and a throw blanket to create a cuddly nook.
Next to your window seat, find a small shelving unit that holds your favorite books and a few picture frames to remind you of fun times. You don’t need a lot, and indeed too much can make the small space feel cluttered.
However, with just a few elements, you can create a comforting space that allows you to relax while also enjoying the beauty of the outside world.
Create a bed with layers of comfort
There’s a certain luxurious feeling of sleeping in on a Saturday morning. There’s nothing you need to do and nowhere you need to be. So, take a few extra hours just for yourself, guilt-free.
Bring elements of hygge into your bedroom. Start with fresh, crisp bed linen. While white is always a peaceful color, you can choose other calming patterns.
Next, find a duvet that is both warm and comfortable. If you live with varying climates, you might want a summer duvet and a winter duvet. Finally, add a throw blanket on top for when you need a bit of extra warmth, or if you just need a bit of covering for a nap.
As for pillows, be selective. Invest in good-quality pillows for sleeping so that you will feel refreshed and energized when you wake up. Then, add a pillow or two for when you want to sit up and read. However, one element of hygge includes minimalism. There’s no point using multiple throw pillows that don’t serve a purpose.
Bring the outside in
One of the trade-offs that come with condo living is the lack of a backyard. However, that doesn’t mean you need to live in a sterile space. There are many options available to bring the outside back inside.
Start with the most obvious location: the balcony. Balconies are the prime area to provide a bit of greenery to your space. You can easily purchase planters that fit on a balcony rail. You can also go up and purchase wall hangers and create a living wall.
Even small balconies can allow you to have your favorite plants and a chair and table to sit and enjoy. Just pay attention to where your balcony faces. If it is south-facing, then you can pick plants that require sunlight. North-facing balconies will do better with shade-loving plants.
Once your balcony is sorted, start with a few well-chosen indoor plants. When you add greenery inside a home, a lot of benefits happen. Not only are they an instant mood booster, but they also help purify the air. If you live near a major city, then this is even more important. This list is a great place to start when looking for plants that keep your air cleaner.
Keep the kitchen as the heart of the home
In most homes, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where food is made and people congregate. However, many people think this isn’t possible in a condo because the kitchen is so small. And yet, there’s no reason why the kitchen can’t still be the heart of your home.
Try your best to keep the kitchen uncluttered. This can be hard in a condo, so get creative with storage solutions. Also take time to decide if each small appliance and dish is really needed. Once you have a more spacious-seeming space, more people will want to gather.
Bar stools are a great way to add easy sitting space, especially if there is a pass-through window from the kitchen to the living room. By providing guests a welcoming space, they will be more likely to stick around to watch you cook and chat during the action.
Keep it simple
Finally, the key to hygge in condo living is by keeping everything simple. You don’t need a lot to create a comforting area that people will want to hang out in. Be selective about everything you bring into your home and only choose what has a purpose.
One of the most useful tasks that will help with minimalism is by periodically going through your possessions. If you haven’t used it in the past year, it’s time to let it go. Think about what will make you enjoy your condo more and what will attract friends to spend more time. Then, work towards those elements.
With just a little bit of effort, you can create an ideal hygge environment that you will love and enjoy.