Let’s face it: Winter has finally arrived in Door County (and it came in like a lion). With shorter days, bitterly cold temperatures and bone-chilling winds it can be a struggle to stay positive, even indoors. The Danes know this all to well; they have been practicing hygge for centuries to keep their spirits up during their long, cold winters. Hygge (pronounced Hoo-Ga), comes from the Norwegian word meaning well-being and first appeared in Danish writings in the 19th century and has since evolved into the cultural idea known in Denmark today. We have four ways you can foster an uplifting ambiance in your home this winter.
1. Let There Be Light, Low Light
A warm glow is the best way to achieve a cozy setting. Turn off the overhead lighting and turn on your floor and table lamps, add a few candles too, if you don’t like the idea of open flame we recommend Luminara candles – we have them in stock at Nature Works.
2. Mind Your Materials
For a naturally feel-good atmosphere we recommend sticking with organic materials like wood, ceramic, or stone;ones that offer a naturally warm feeling.
Fill your home with inviting accessories. Toss an extra throw pillow on your sofa and make sure there is a soft blanket within arms reach.
4. Go Green
Houseplants are a great way to add a life and positive energy to your place. They can instantly make a dark corner brighter and they also purify the air inside your home. Garlands are also an easy way to bring some life to a room and they’re also festive.