Are you ready to jump on the hygge bandwagon and make your man cave the most comfortable spot on your block? Hygge, pronounced hoo-gah, is the Danish concept of enjoying life’s small pleasures in cozy settings. So, how could you not want to embrace this imported idea right away? Here are some tips to get you started.
Stock Up on Mugs
Embracing hygge means welcoming friendship, warmth and comfort into your home. So what’s cheerier than a mug of your favorite hot beverage for you and all your friends? If you don’t already have a mug collection, look for handcrafted ceramic options, or start collecting souvenir mugs when you travel. These special mugs will make great talking points when you’re sharing hot toddies or cocoa the next time you entertain.
Pile on the Blankets
Hygge is all about being comfy, cozy and cuddled up with your loved ones. And having a supply of warm blankets facilitates this perfectly. So, dig out your favorite hand-knit afghans, fleece throws, or any blankets that have sentimental value to you. Keep them close at hand for snuggling up solo or with a special someone at your next movie night.
Light Lots of Candles
Comfortably basking in the warm glow of candlelight is one of the best examples of practicing hygge. And that means lighting up your man cave with some votives, jar candles, or candlesticks. Choose natural beeswax or soy wax candles that have been locally crafted, if possible. Go for earthy, woody, and masculine scents such as cedar, juniper, sage and sandalwood.
Build a Fire
If your home has a fireplace, you’re already halfway to hygge heaven. Build a roaring fire, invite friends and family over, and spend the evening talking, laughing, and enjoying each other’s company. If the weather’s warm enough and you have a yard with a fire pit, take the hygge party outside under the stars.
However, don’t sweat it if building a fire isn’t an option. A fireplace is simply a focal point around which friends and family gather. You can substitute it with a coffee table, some cornhole boards, or even a gaming console. The idea is to create a space that’s warm, inviting, and conducive to conversing with your favorite people.
Cherish the Good Stuff
A surefire way to incorporate hygge into your man cave is to cherish the people you love and the things in your life that make you feel most at home. It might sound a little mushy, but treasuring the simple stuff is the ultimate path to hygge happiness.
Whether it’s a man cave or your living room, you can practice hygge with ease. Just follow these tips, and soon you’ll be more comfortable and cozy.