5 Ways to Bring Hygge to the Workplace

Hygge (pronounced “HUE-guh”) is more of a feeling than a physical look. This defining characteristic of Danish culture is all about cultivating contentment and it is all the rage right now. We translate this into interiors by creating an environment that promotes comfort, connection, and well-being.

Why do you keep seeing Hygge everywhere?

The recent popularity with this trend goes hand-in-hand with the “resimercial” fad in commercial interiors – companies are craving more personalized and inviting spaces. They want to reflect their culture in their environment and use this as a tool to attract/retain talent. Being mindful of hygge in your environment can make a world of difference!

1. Incorporate different textures and materials in your space.

Wood tones, faux fur, and tactile fabrics are great textural elements to introduce into your space. A trend we are seeing a lot: layering two different rugs. It creates interest and elevates the coziness of a room

2. ​ Creating little moments of respite within the workplace is important.

Introduce a coffee bar or a dedicated group space to encourage gathering and conversation. Also, providing phone rooms or “escapes” helps for clarity-of-mind and focus. #thatssohygge

3. ​ Introduce more casual, comforting elements in the workplace.

Opt for more enveloping furniture and softer sits. The blending of residential styles with contract grade quality has opened doors for more comfortable and stylish options. Blankets and pillows do a lot to cozy up a space!

4. Bring the outdoors in.

We cannot emphasize the importance of greenery enough! Plants liven up and energize a space. Studies have shown that plants in the workplace can reduce stress, increase productivity, clean your air, and help reduce noise levels.

5. Be intentional with lighting.

Natural light is wonderful (and encouraged) but don’t be afraid to mix it up. Candles are a favorite of hygge enthusiasts, but we know that’s not realistic for the workplace. Try incorporating lamps, dimmable lights, or more stylized light fixtures. Bright, fluorescent overhead lighting is so not hygge.

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Get hygge with it.

Consult with one of our expert designers about creating your own hyggelit haven.