Office Design Trends 2016
The start of a new year means a whole new set of trends in office design. After some research, we’ve compiled a simple list of go-to ideas that you can incorporate into your workspace.
- Bringing the outdoors in.
Nature is having a serious moment in design, continuing the idea of making your office feel like home. The benefits of including plant life in your work environment are endless – they can reduce stress by nearly 40%, as well as improving the productivity of employees. If it’s impractical to have live plants in your office, using fabrics or materials that have floral patterns and natural colours is the next best thing.
- Organising your office by colour.
Colour has a massive impact on mood and productivity, so dedicating certain colours to certain spaces can really boost happiness and creativity. For example, cool and calm colours like blues and whites would work well in a meeting space, where tensions can sometimes run high, and more relaxed spaces could have brighter colours to spark ideas. These colours can be incorporated through feature walls or in subtler ways, like lighting or desk stationary. A space free from clutter is instantly a more comfortable place to be, and a load of loose wires doesn’t give that impression. Lots of manufacturers are taking the time to develop new solutions to this problem, including desk-tops that slide in and out, allowing extension cables to be hidden in trays below, unseen. Other solutions are available, in the form of tubing that fixes to a monitor, and contains the wires from the monitor, keyboard, and anything else you might have attached.
- The end of permanent layouts.
Traditional office spaces, planned in advance with permanent layouts, are giving way to the requirements of ever-evolving work landscapes. Modular desks and storage can be moved, stacked and mixed, providing a variety of combinations for a dynamic and collaborative workspace.
- Community tables.
Lots of people are looking for more interaction at work, and community tables have been a symbol of family and alliance for a long time. These qualities are now becoming more important and relevant in work environments, and long tables & benches are becoming increasingly popular as a place of collaboration. This concept applies to breakout areas too, where staff can eat lunch together, and let off some steam with their colleagues.
- Designated lounge areas.
This trend is again following the theme of making the office feel more like home. Gone are the stiff wooden chairs & plastic cups of water found in receptions areas of days gone by, and soft furnishings are in. Comfortable armchairs & sofas piled with throw cushions are commonplace, and are often joined by a fancy coffee machine. Visitors are treated like royalty these days, giving off an immediate good impression when they walk through the door. Something that appears to be sticking around is the need for a private meeting room for quiet work and more formal conversations. The trend of an office being a home from home still applies here, with soft furnishings and plant life, but the privacy aspect is still essential for a professional working environment.