4 Upcoming Interior Design Trends for the Office Space
As you design or renovate your office, consider ever-evolving workspace. Here are a few upcoming interior design trends that experts predict will imminently make a significant impact.
As with any other field, the interior design industry is continually embracing new trends. Not only are office designers consistently coming up with new ideas, but they also have to be on the lookout for interior design trends in other industries that they can replicate in their sphere.
With the changing times, some of the upcoming trends you’ll see today lean towards making the office spaces more modern and bold—while others have a bias towards making the spaces more homely and inclusive for the employees. Either way, upcoming trends will change the face of interior design in office spaces, moving them from traditional, bland designs to well thought out and personified designs.
1. Vegan, organic, and recycled fabric
Sustainable fabrics, which are either organic, vegan, or recycled, are expected to make considerable waves in the interior design community. There will be the use of more animal-friendly, low emission, and sustainable fabrics in place of synthetic materials.
Organic furniture fabrics are made from plant fibers and are durable alternatives to synthetic materials. Most of them are also non-allergenic and bio-degradable. Some of these fabrics that you should consider include hemp, linen, jute, organic cotton, bamboo, muslin, calico, and ramie.
Vegan furniture fabrics are any fabrics designed without the skin, feathers, or hair of any living beings, excluding suede, leather, fur, and wool. Regardless, this does not mean that synthetic fabrics like acrylic, nylon, and polyester are vegan. And while the recycled fabric sources may be endless, they significantly contribute to eco-consciousness.
Some options for these include substituting ivory and marble with recycled plastics to bring out terrazzo effects. Else, you can opt for products made of recycled material –giving fabrics a new lease of life rather than disposing of them.
2. Bold, clashing, color palettes
In terms of color, you should expect the emergence of bold and clashing/daring contrasts to take the lead in the upcoming interior design trends. These will include bright hues. Whereas in the past, interior designs for offices have accommodated safe colors, it’s now time to break boundaries and challenge tradition and to indulge in whatever gives the space its intended character.
Thus, expect soft, organic features with some hard elements to feature in many designs shortly. While bold colors will be a hit, they will also be incorporated with caution because office spaces are brand ambassadors of the owner’s brand identity. The colors and layouts, therefore, need to remain legit to the brand of the office users.
3. Environments designed with physical and mental diversity in mind
With the diversity in the modern workforce, there has been a continuous demand for more inclusivity in workplaces. Designers and business owners are no longer ignoring both mental and physical diversity.
Besides being a legal obligation, inclusivity is also a moral obligation that ensures employees feel safe when navigating the work environment. Some characteristics of inclusivity and diversity include being sensitive to mental health issues, considerations for physical disability, supporting participation and collaboration, and acknowledging fluidity in personal identity.
Remember, the physical environment has a strong influence on behavior, attitude, and the wellbeing of employees. The office design should positively promote and communicate brand values and culture. A company that embraces and caters to diversity in the workplace appears to embrace inclusivity and is, therefore, perceived to be forward-thinking.
4. (Even) more work-life integration
It is clear that professional and personal lives are becoming more intertwined by the day and that people are spending more time working than ever. With workspace design trends set to continue, you should embrace this culture shift and proactively react to it by introducing things like rejuvenation zones, game rooms, gym facilities, homely kitchens, work cafes, and social spaces.
Workspaces that have a feel of a home away from home keep employees happy and comfortable—thereby promoting creativity and productivity. With the continued blurring between work and personal life, more businesses will embrace this trend that is spreading quickly in different industries.
Like any other positive trend, the above progressions can be incorporated to any desired degree as long as they do not take away the brand appeal. Yet, you don’t have to do everything at once. Only embrace what works for you. But don’t be afraid to challenge the norm and to go with the changing times. It is all worth it.
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