The Tiny Homeowner’s Guide to Hygge in 5 Simple Steps

Coziness is a prize that everyone is after. There’s one trend that will get you behind comfort any time of the year. The Danish way of life called “hygge” prizes companionship, contentment, simplicity and of course — coziness.

Pronounced “hoo-gah”, this form of mindful living is often attributed to the Scandinavian region’s high ranking in the World Happiness Report each year. While the report is based on a number of factors ranging from the state of political affairs to the role of digital media within society, perhaps most impactful in the study is a country’s sense of community.

Last year, Scandi nations took the top five spots with Finland ranking first, followed by Denmark, Norway, Iceland and the Netherlands respectively. Clearly, this region knows what it’s doing when it comes to hygge.

Luckily, this is a trend that is accessible to everyone. When you focus on your mindset and surroundings rather than the stuff you own, you’re much more likely to partake in hygge. Isn’t that what owning a tiny home is all about anyway?

If you’re unsure of where to start, check out these five simple steps to adding a little more hygge to your tiny lifestyle.

Sit Back and Relax with Cozy Seating

If you don’t already have a built-in couch, fill your tiny home with cozy seating in the perfect size. A hygge lifestyle makes room for quality time in the spaces where you are comfortable. Enhance sofas and chairs to be even more comfy by having an ample amount of throw pillows and blankets to surround yourself.

Additionally, organizing is of utmost importance in a tiny home so find furniture that fits easily in a small space for living areas to be more enjoyable. Use staple pieces like sofas, ottomans or shelving to serve functional purposes. Giving items a distinct, dedicated place to lie while not in use will keep clutter at bay and coziness at the top of your mind.

Play with Light to Find Your Balance

Light is another unexpected yet impactful element to think about when living a hygge life. Fill your home with ambiance by using lanterns, string lights or flameless candles. Recessed lighting is a great way to save space and also makes it easy to adjust the environment and set the mood. Hunkering down for a movie marathon? With a quick flick of a switch, you can create the perfect theater for your new favorite film.

Set the Tone with Subtle, Uplifting Hues

Color is an incredible influence to incorporate into your home. By using tranquil, calming tones you’re more likely to foster a positive atmosphere. Soft earthy tones like grey, taupe and green provide balance while oceanic blue shades supply relaxing vibes.

Think outside the box when it comes to color. The most obvious way to bring it into your space is by painting walls or purchasing accessories in your desired tint. Instead, consider adding color through home necessities like cabinetry or even appliances. Gain some insight from the Lykke house design to get a better sense of your preferred hygge home style.

The Lykke design

“consider adding color through home necessities like cabinetry and appliances.”

Create an Inviting Atmosphere for Friends and Family

Companionship is a hygge principle that is of utmost importance. Ensure your tiny home is ready to entertain friends and family alike to get your daily dose. Host a dinner party, start a book club or throw a game night. No matter which way you celebrate, any gathering you hold is sure to bring people closer together.

With summer upon us, it’s the perfect time to utilize your surrounding area. If you’re looking for new people to interact with, try joining a tiny house community like these on the east coast.

Express Your Gratitude Daily

Contentment is a concept that both tiny home ownership and hygge have in common. Living more authentically is something we can all get behind, so why not start by conveying appreciation for all of the great things life has to offer? Try writing in a journal each morning or night and sharing your thanks with those close to you.

Gratitude is just one way to find your purpose. Remember, sometimes thinking tiny is the best way to live big!


About the author:

Name: Jennifer Woodruff

Bio: Jennifer is a home decor enthusiast that specializes in small, cozy interiors. Her design style is most inspired by natural landscapes and enjoys living mindfully any chances she gets.