The Danish word “hygge” has been the buzzword for a few years now, and it is no longer just the cozy design or decorating concept that people initially thought it was; it truly is a way of life.
Hygge is about finding quality and comfort in all aspects of living. Therefore, even if you are a business owner, it is an idea to consider as a marketing strategy or an element of your brand and operations.
And when it comes to creating hygge in the workplace, which a lot of business owners are working on these days, there are a lot of approaches that you can take. Danes always start off with lighting. They cannot emphasize enough how important lighting is for hygge because a sense of coziness is simply impossible to achieve without the right lighting and placement.
In addition to lighting, interior fit-outs should be considered as well. Firstly, these address space limitations that affect the aesthetic impact of hygge. And secondly, interior fit-outs also ensure the necessary balance of beauty and function.
For ideas on how to achieve hygge with fit-out solutions, read the tips below.
1. Create enough “room” in the low areas of your office for lighting.
Indirect lighting is a must for hygge. However, in workplaces, most lights are placed overhead. You can create a warmer atmosphere in your office or business establishment by constructing a small space down low or right at a person’s level where lights can be installed. This way, the workplace will feel more inviting and fewer eyes will feel strained at the end of the workday.
2. Build in-the-wall sitting areas.
“Deliberate” holes in the walls intended for sitting are the pinnacle of coziness in a workplace. They are private nooks where employees can work quietly and away from prying eyes. What’s even more hygge about such commercial interior fit-outs is they do not alter the lines of the room much, and everybody knows that Danish design is all about clean and long lines that are pleasing to the eye.
3. Invest in “origami” storage.
The Japanese art of folding paper is an inspiration for smart storage, and it actually helps create a lovely and comfortable space. When there’s smart storage for workplaces, a cozy room never gets cluttered because everything is within easy reach.
Origami storage easily folds away, but at the same time, there are multiple layers to them. Therefore, do not expect a simple rectangular cabinet to just be a hollow space that you can stuff with anything. With origami storage, not only do the doors open and close with great ease, but they have different kinds of shelves, racks, and perhaps even a Lazy Susan inside for the most convenient access to the stored items that you need to use.
‘Want to make your storage cozier? Have lights that automatically turn on and off when you open and close the door built into it. The lights will make it so much easier for you to find what you need, and they will be visually pleasing as well.
4. Install recessed shelves.
Again, these help maintain nice lines throughout the workplace and ensure seamless movement. But apart from this, recessed shelves contribute to a hygge atmosphere by being the perfect places to light up lamps or candles that can provide subdued lighting.
5. Add big windows with seats.
Big windows, picture or vertical sliders, particularly in high-rise offices, let a lot of natural light in that you can control with the help of drapes or blinds. Make these windows cozier with the addition of window seats. These are ideal spots for when workers want to take things slow and observe the world outside because they are almost done with their tasks, which is a very hygge thing to do.
You can even have the seats designed for greater functionality by making them double as additional storage, or even to conceal the room’s HVAC system.
Inspire energy and productivity in the workplace
These are just some of the ways interior fit-outs can create a hygge–inspired office or store.
A warm, inviting, and comfortable atmosphere at work can boost productivity — it’s too hard not to feel happy (a vital driving force behind work engagement) in such a work setting. Thus, if you are looking for a way to improve the workflow in your organization, improve the environment of your workplace by making it hygge.
CEO at Interact Group LLC
Interact Group is a design-led interior fit-out company that aims to set new standards in the UAE interiors market. Driven by their dedication to total customer experience, the company’s mission is to bring truly specialized teams to complex design and fit out challenges, utilizing their unmatched ability to deliver spaces efficiently and above expectation.