In just a few weeks’ time, temperatures will begin to plummet and winter will arrive. As such, it’s the perfect opportunity to think about how to make your living room more hygge with a warming fireplace.
Remember, central heating is a relatively modern invention. Even in the early 1980s, many homes didn’t have it. Instead, properties would have large fireplaces in many rooms, including the bedroom.
The purpose of this post is to show you how to make your fireplace more hygge so that you can enjoy some good old-fashioned Danish coziness, contentment, and warmth, helping you feel relaxed and giving you a sense of togetherness.
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Step 1: Prepare The Fireplace
The first step is to prepare the fireplace, or if you don’t have one, go to a fireplace store. Choose one that’s going to help you tickle your Danish hygge itch.
Ideally, you want something clean and traditional (if you don’t have a hearth already). It should have Scandi vibes but, at the same time, be welcoming and warming, and not too austere.
If you can, choose a log burner-style fireplace. These look beautiful and complement the rest of your interiors beautifully. Alternatively, choose something modern, but ensure you dress it up properly, as we discuss below.
Step 2: Place Lots Of Things Made Of Wood Around Your Fireplace
The second step is to collect things made of wood and place them around your fireplace. Again, the more convincingly you can do this, the more likely your fireplace will give off hygge vibes.
For example, you could create a feature log wall behind a traditional log burner or standalone gas fireplace. This creates a stunning backdrop and lets you show off the log burner, helping it look more beautiful.
You could also include log baskets on either side and even wooden figurines on the mantelpiece. Just ensure that anything you do include isn’t at risk of catching fire itself!
Step 3: Bring In Nature
The next step is to bring in as many calming and relaxing nature features as you can. You want foliage, flowers, twigs, and even mistletoe when the season arrives to make your fireplace feel like the ultimate comfort trip. These decorations can enhance the atmosphere tremendously and make the fireplace feel unique and beautiful.
Step 4: Add A Nearby Bookshelf
Taking a break from the stresses and strains of life is one of the core hygge concepts. Being able to kick back and relax is essential for anyone looking to improve their well-being. That’s why it is such a good idea to add a bookshelf to your fireplace area. Having something you can read is a great option for anyone who loves to relax by getting lost in a good novel.
Step 5: Work On Togetherness
The final step is to work on togetherness. You want your fireplace to bring the whole family together and into the same place for shared fun and enjoyment. You can do this with proper seating, shared throws, and even a strove nearby for after-dinner drinks.
Once everything is in place, you are ready to savor the moment. Find joy in the present, turn off your devices, and forget about your work.