Hygge at Home: How to Create a Cozy Winter Hideaway in Delaware

Hygge—a Danish concept encompassing a feeling of quiet comfort—is the perfect inspiration for winter home decor. 

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The Danish concept of hygge became a staple of American culture and home decor between 2016 and 2017. “Hygge” even landed on Oxford’s 2016 Word of the Year Shortlist. On that list, Oxford describes hygge as:

“A quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).”

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In essence, hygge is about simplicity and comfort. It lends itself well to home decor during Delaware winters, characterized by furs, candles, soft twinkling lights, neutral colors and natural and sustainable materials.

Here are a few tips on how to integrate hygge into your winter decor, as well as shops in Delaware and beyond to find the pieces that work for you.

1. Keep It Cozy

When it comes to hygge, it’s all about cozy textures. Incorporate faux furs, different woven throws, handmade baskets, plants and stone elements for a range of textures.


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Bayside Seed Stitch Throw Blanket | $129 | Pottery Barn
Dream Faux Fur Throw Blanket | $129 | Pottery Barn
Waffle Blanket | $70 | BLÜM
Heart Upholstered Armchair in Camel Teddy Faux Fur| $1,149 | Pottery Barn

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2. Embrace Soft Lighting

From twinkling string lights to plenty of natural candles, soft lighting is essential when it comes to creating the perfect cozy hideaway. A local gift shop like Trolley Square Market or Little Treasure Shoppe are great places to shop for locally made natural candle options. Scents like pine needles, black tea, birch sap or sandalwood add to the ambiance. Twinkling string lights are also a plus.

Curtain Rain String Lights | $89 | Pottery Barn
USB Twinkling Fairy Lights | $7 | Amazon

3. Incorporate Natural Elements

Whether it’s sustainable handmade furniture like the pieces in Hunt & Lane‘s showroom or thrifted pieces, natural and sustainable elements are essential. Local brand BLÜM is a great option when it comes to sustainable home decor, bedding and more. One aspect of hygge is all about connecting with the earth and the people around you. Sustainable materials are a great way to incorporate that ideal into your space.

Sinclair Linen Curtains | $95 | BLÜM
Weathered Handcrafted Terracotta Vases | $59 | Pottery Barn
Fricke Accent Table | Price Upon Request | Kurtz Collection

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4. Create Cozy Corners

Not everyone has the time or money to put into a full home redesign. To embrace hygge decor, consider creating a cozy nooks and corners throughout your home instead of fully redoing the home decor. A cozy chair, soft throw pillows, candles and soft lights can create a cozy reading nook to spend the winter.


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5. Declutter

Hygge is all about embracing simple pleasures. Unfortunately, materialism can get in the way of the comfort this lifestyle promises. Consider spending some time this winter going through your shelves, drawers and closets and donating the extra stuff. Whether it’s filling a bag with clothes or getting rid of some furniture that has been living in storage for a couple years, you’re sure to feel much cozier once you declutter this winter.

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