There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic created a shift in the interior design of office spaces, and although it forced many people to work from home, we have continued to see new office interior design trends emerge.
We are seeing more and more office spaces focusing on safety and comfort when it comes to their interior design, but not shying away from bright colours, different textures, and other fun design elements.
Our team at Janks Design Group has selected 5 office interior design trends that are sure to transform your commercial office space, making it a safe, productive and healthy working environment.
1. FLEXIBLE, POD-STYLE LAYOUTS
In recent years, companies and even universities have embraced the concept of a pod-style layout, and they are sure to re-surface in 2022. A pod-style design offers employees privacy and will help create a quieter and more focused office space.
The great thing about a pod-style workplace is that you can maintain an open-office environment while also having smaller, private areas for employees to do their work or make phone calls without being interrupted.
It’s is also increasingly beneficial to have separate spaces due to the pandemic, allowing your employees to maintain a safe distance from each other. This office interior design trend offers greater flexibility in a crowded workplace and is sure to be a favourite among staff who would prefer to work in a quiet setting.
In a large office setting, you can mix both communal areas with private individual workspaces, in order to accommodate meetings and other company events.
2. NATURAL LIGHTING
There’s nothing more uninviting than a dark office with cold fluorescent lighting. This is why our second trend is incorporating natural lighting into your office interior.
If natural lighting isn’t a viable option for the interior design of your office, you can consider installing LED lighting. While LED lighting may be slightly more expensive than fluorescent lighting, they are likely to save your company money in the long term. LED lights have a longer lifespan than fluorescent lights and don’t use excess energy.
LED lighting has also been found to be beneficial to the health of employees. Some studies have shown that fluorescent lights are more likely to trigger symptoms of migraines. However, with LED lights you have the option to dim them depending on the time of day and season.
The colour and temperature of office lighting are equally as important. In general, warmer tones of yellow and orange tend to be relaxing, whereas cooler colours of blue and white are good for working and concentrating.
If possible, the lighting temperature and colour should vary based on the time of day. In the morning, the light should ideally be brighter and cooler, to help employees stay alert and concentrate. As the day goes on, the lighting should be warmer, helping employees to wind down.
3. WALL GRAPHICS
Wall graphics are a great addition to an office as they can be used to bring out your brand identity while also adding a design element to your space.
Wall graphics can be used as background images, logos, or fixtures in specific areas. From mural wallpaper to small wall decals, they can be used to complement the office interior design.
They also have the power to influence the workplace culture and to create positive feelings among employees. They help set the mood for your workplace and help build a strong connection with your employees. They can create an environment built on teamwork and loyalty that will foster employee satisfaction and retention.
Your company can create a brand image that is positive, professional and welcoming by decorating your office walls with wall graphics that reflect your company’s culture. Use bright colours to attract employees’ attention and reinforce the message that your company values hard work.
Current trends in office interior design show that more and more office spaces are incorporating a variety of textures and organic elements into their interior design. The combination of abstract elements and textures such as wood, stone, and fabric help create a welcoming and sophisticated office environment.
Texture helps create depth and dimension to a space, which can make small spaces feel big. It will also have a role in the feeling that the space invokes. For example, if you want a polished, modern-looking office, go for smooth textures like marble and glass but if you want a more cozy, earthy feel to your interiors, wood and other rough natural textures are the way to go.
Texture also works well with colour. If you want to stick to a colour palette but are worried it will look too monochromatic, you can use texture to create contrast while maintaining harmony with colours.
All elements within the interior of your office play a role in its acoustics. Our interior designers at Janks Design Group believe that the acoustics of a space is very important, even more so when it is an office. Many products on the market today are designed for sound reduction, but still complement the overall design theme. You can find textures, furnishings, wallcoverings and even lighting products designed with acoustics in mind.
Sound-reduction efforts, however, start from the ground up. While carpet is a good sound absorption solution, it can hold moisture, dirt, bacteria, mildew and mould. Good quality flooring is quieter to walk on and aids in muffling the environmental noise that can occur in offices.
If you are getting ready to design or redesign your office’s interior space, you can reach out to an interior designer at Janks Design Group. We can provide you with an experienced interior designer for your office and bring your vision to life.