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How to Hygge at Work

Hygge at Work: Turn Your Office Into a Cozy Place will teach you how to incorporate the hygge concept wherever you go. Work can sometimes feel like a not-so-hygge place, but by making a few changes, you can transform your working area.

If you’re looking for more ways to add hygge to your life, 31 Hygge Home Decor Ideas and How to Hygge Your Vehicle to get you started on the path to cozy living.  

How to Hygge at Work - Vintage Phone with a Vase of Flowers

Hygge is a Danish concept that is the art of creating intimacy with your home, yourself and friends. There are homes you walk into that you feel an instant warmth, and then there are others that leave you cold. Adding hygge elements to the workplace will help create that cozy environment you crave.

Creating a Cozy Life Group

Since you love hygge, I’m guessing you like all things cozy living. I created a Facebook group called Creating a Cozy Life with over 64,000 like-minded souls.

It’s a group where we share recipes, pictures of things that leave you in awe, and ideas on how to make your life just a little bit more snug.  Join here to be part of the virtual cozy cabin.

How do you pronounce Hygge?

Hygge is not pronounced the way you think it is. “Hoo-gah” is the correct way to say it. If you want even more clarification there are Youtube videos that will help you out. Here’s one that nails it!

Since we spend so many of our waking hours working, why not make the most out of it by thoughtfully enhancing your experience there?

Here are the Embrace Hygge at Work: Turn Your Office Into a Cozy Place Ideas:

Hygge at Work Tip #1 – Create a hygge at work beverage station

You drink beverages throughout the day, why not add rich elements like loose-leaf tea, homemade hot cocoa mix, and marshmallows, sun-brewed iced herbal tea, and fruit-infused water part of your experience?

Skip the plain water and give your taste buds a treat with simple beverages that make them happy.  Keep an electric tea kettle to make hot tea in minutes.

Keeping grandma’s teacup and saucer on your desk will remind you of simpler times and warm memories.

Hygge at Work Tip #2 – Add hygge by bringing in natural elements

Bring nature indoors with a terrarium, succulents, driftwood, and a bowl of shells or pebbles.

As a bonus for hygge-ness, you can place little reminders on your desk like a stone from your lake cabin or a shell from your last trip to Hawaii.

 Hygge at Work Tip #3 – Add coziness

Temperatures in offices change with the wind. Sometimes you’re too cold, and sometimes you’re too warm. Be prepared with items such a poncho or throw for when you feel a chill or a small desktop fan when it’s too warm.

If you have a home office, adding an electric fireplace will be both beautiful and keep you toasty warm at the same time.

Hygge at Work Tip #4 – Hygge holiday celebrations

Honor the holidays by celebrating each one with decor for your cubicle or office. Simply adding a strand of garland will cheer your spirits.

You can also have a small tree you keep on your desk and decorate it with miniature ornaments to reflect each holiday.  

Holiday wreaths are also a fun way to decorate your office.  

Hygge at Work Tip #5 – Fun offfice supplies will make your cubicle way more bearable

There’s no rule that says you have to use cheap pens to work. I used to put up with writing with any old pen that I found, but I finally decided that I was worthy of writing with smooth pens that I love.

You can also bring in special notebooks or planners to help create an office space that’s more ‘you.’ For a bit of whimsy, why not buy fun file folders like these blank ones that will smile at you every time you reach for them?

Hygge at Work Tip #6 – Hygge lunchtime ideas

You’re entitled to lunch after an eight-hour shift, why not make the most of it?

Nourish your body with a homemade lunch from home. I love the concept of a bento box, so make sure your taste buds are delighted with a variety of flavors that include sweet, salty, sour and savory. Make sure you have a cool lunch box that either delights you or is functional.

Who says you have to be chained to your desk while you eat your lunch? Get outdoors and enjoy your break outside if you’re able to. By removing yourself from your office, you know there won’t be any interruptions.

Listening to podcasts during lunch will get you motivated to accomplish your big goals.  You could also bring knitting or a novel to work and enjoy your break with something pleasurable.

Hygge at Work Tip #7 – Cozy lighting for work

Bad lighting doesn’t have to happen. Adding an antique desk lamp will warm up any office, and flickering battery-operated candles can add that cozy element you crave.

Hygge at Work Tip #8 – seasonal celebrations

Every season comes bearing gifts. Make sure you celebrate those offerings by bringing some of the bounties to your workplace.


Arrange tulips or daffodils in a vase.

Strawberries, a fresh spinach salad or marinated asparagus, could be added to your lunch box.


Roses floating in a dish of water on top of your desk would be beautiful and soothing.

Cherry pie or peach cobbler would make anyone happy at lunchtime.


Dahlias and Gerbera daisies would brighten up any office.

Slices of apples and caramel dip or heating up a sweet potato with loads of butter and brown sugar sound like they would hit the spot.


Forced paperwhites or a Christmas cactus are simply stunning.

Persimmons and a kale salad are just some of the ideas for a delicious winter lunch.

Hygge at Work Tip #9 – Cozy accents

Adding simple elements to your office that makes you happy is a perfect way to soften up a hard space.

Some of the nice touches you can add are:

Framed artwork

Bud vase with a single flower or bring in a bouquet of flowers every week

LED candles flickering throughout the day

Salt lamp like this one that will help soothe your stress

Family photos

Wall calendar with pictures you love

Cozy rug under your desk

Slippers to keep your feet snug

Nice paperweight

Special mouse pad

Enchanting screen saver

Lucky bamboo plant

Fairy lights strung up

Beautiful music playing softly

A picture of yourself when you were young

Good chocolate bar

Facial spritz

Jar of sweets

A small teddy bear or a felt fox

Cushion for your chair

Baskets to hold your supplies

Little shelves to hold trinkets

Hang a small quilt

Poster of where you want to travel to

String of butterflies

Photos of your garden

List of what you’re grateful for

Inspirational sayings

Your favorite hand lotion

An essential oil diffuser

Heart notes

are just some of the things you can include.

Hygge at Work Tip #10 – Add a hygge water feature

There’s something about water that makes us happy,  Add a water feature to your desk like a small fish tank or a tabletop fountain to bring flow to your space.

Hygge at Work Tip #11 – Hygge gatherings

Foster a happy environment with your co-workers by starting a Friday potluck lunch or bring in homemade cookies for the next team meeting.

 Place a fresh fruit bowl on your desk and whenever someone stops by, invite them to take a piece of fruit to-go.

You could also write a nice thank you note for the cleaning crew, letting them know you appreciate the work they do.

We’ve reached the end of Embrace Hygge at Work: Turn Your Office Into a Cozy Place.  I hope you got a few new ideas on how to bring hygge into the workplace.

Let me know in the comments below how you like to show off your hygge side at work.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday 26th of February 2019

I was doing hygge even before I knew what it was. I do almost all of the above in my office. I have seasonal wreath on my door year round. I also seasonally decorate two small shelves above my monitor and I decorate the top my credenza with a seasonal garland with little white lights as well on white lights on a large artificial plant in the corner. I have a salt lamp, real plants and an essential oil diffuser that I also enjoy. With so much of our life spent at work why not make it enjoyable. I work in a school and that can be stressful. I can't tell you how many comments I've gotten about how peaceful my office is.


Friday 3rd of May 2019

I have the exact same experience. I work at a school as well and my co-workers refer to my office as the 'zen space' :) Almost daily I have a teacher come in and plop down in a chair for a breather. Especially this time of year.


Sunday 20th of January 2019

This is a wonderful hygge post. I got so many great ideas


Friday 25th of January 2019

Hello Marcia! I'm so glad you liked it! Thank you for letting me know. Kelly


Wednesday 12th of December 2018

Yes agreed for hygge .hoga h

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