As many of us return to commercial spaces, we are beginning to see concepts of home and comfort shift over into corporate space design as firms work to create attractive spaces for their people.

Creating feelings of “home” and “coziness” in the workplace could get people to want to come into the office – and make them want to stay longer!

What is Hygge?

Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is the Danish concept of creating joy and coziness in life’s everyday moments. Hygge can range from emotional responses to nurturing elements in the environment, ranging from the layout of your space to its furnishings and people.

While hygge is really a feeling and philosophy, there are tangible components that seem to align with this sense of comfort and happiness.

Six easy ways to improve the Hygge in your space

There are several elements that can help create a sense of Hygge in a space:

  • Soft Lighting: Warm soft lighting and/or fixtures that create a sense of home.
  • Cozy Furniture: Whether it’s a couch clients can sink into or a chair where they feel comfortable putting their feet up, furniture that invites clients and customers to stay in comfort for a while are at the heart of hygge design.
  • Neutral tones: Neutral, calming tones add a sense of ease and consistency to a space.
  • Soft and Lush Textiles: Texture is such an important element of hygge, which you see anywhere from soft upholstery to extra throw pillows and blankets.
  • Bring in the Biophilia: Incorporate biophilia in the form of succulents, driftwood, bowls of pebbles or shells, and terrariums. Even better if you have a view of a garden or another natural spot. You can also place plants in or next to bookshelves, for an especially cozy look.
  • Offer different spaces: A big part of hygge is face-to-face interactions. At Monarch, we suggest creating an office that provides staff with collaborative spaces, areas for private conversations as well as desk space for more focused work.

Hygge is a great way for fostering this sense of comfort and wellbeing in the workplace.

If you do wish to implement hygge design into your office construction or renovation, consider giving us at Monarch a shout. We would love to hear your ideas!

Until next time,

Brian + Ben


Excited to explore the concept of hygge through your workspace design? Reach out to us for a consultation.