Office Interiors: Top Tips for 2020
There’s a reason why the world’s most innovative companies from Google to Facebook and Pixar, are investing big money in the interior design of their major offices.
Not only can the design of your working space have a dramatic effect on the way clients and colleagues perceive your business. It will also affect the productivity, morale, and general well-being of your employees.
It’s an investment in the quality of your working life and the future of your business. So the interior design of your office space is definitely something worth giving some serious consideration.
But where do you start? There are so many options, starting with small, aesthetic details, working right up to the structural layout of the space. Some design options will require a bigger budget and proper planning considerations. But there are lots of smaller edits you can make too, which can have a big impact.
8 top tips for your 2020 office interior
So, if you’re looking for some top interior design tips for your office in 2020, check out our list below for 8 top tips, useful ideas and pointers.
1. First Impressions
First impressions are always important. Especially when it comes to visiting clients, important associates, or top talent arriving for an interview.
When they step into your office interior, you want to make an impact with a reception or lobby-area that reflects the character and quality of your business, and leaves visitors with a memorable impression.
Don’t be afraid to go big here. Some stylish brand indicators, images, bold colours, or tasteful images that represent your business will present a confident impression.
Keep the space clean, uncluttered, and brightly lit, and make sure there is some comfortable seating to perch on whilst they wait to meet you.
A statement rug can really brighten up dull carpets, whilst plants and fresh flowers can help keep the space feeling crisp.
2. Statement Pieces and Talking Points
Wall art, unique sculptures, or statement pieces that sync with the character of your business can be great talking points to incorporate throughout the office.
Try and avoid generic images or art pieces that look drab don’t inspire much conversation. Instead, why not add a little texture to the space with some three-dimensional wall-art or sculptures, or include some stylish shelving with some eye-catching features.
And where possible, it’s always a good idea to link statement pieces back to the business. You could even commision something to commemorate a big moment in the office’s history, or to symbolically represent achievements.
3. Reflect Your Brand
Reflecting your brand through your interior design is important for a number of reasons. Generally speaking, consistency with your branding is crucial, and this should absolutely shine through the design of your office.
When you think of Facebook, you think of a modern company delivering a service to a young audience, you think of minimalism, and of connectivity – or at least, this is the consistent message channelled through the company’s branding.
The interior design of a tech start-up business for example, should reflect these principles. Bright, modern spaces, filled with intriguing statement pieces and high-tech toys, with an open-plan layout to encourage conversation and collaboration.
Think about the sector you are working in, the clients you want to impress, and the sort of working atmosphere you want to project. Are you looking for something more modest? Perhaps privacy and comfort are more important to your clients. Maybe you want to engage with cutting-age technology, or cultural trends.
Whatever it is, don’t lose track of your brand’s character when designing your office space.
4. In-Built Inspiration
Interior design can – and should be – inspirational for the people using the space. Your employees may spend more time at the office than they do at home, and their surroundings will affect how they think and feel on a daily basis.
There are a couple of key things to consider here. Variation in the layout of the office will allow for different sorts of spaces for different tasks. If meetings are a big part of office life, it’s good to have options – quieter, closed rooms that allow for privacy can be great for focus, but if used repetitively they can become claustrophobic and even dampen enthusiasm.
So incorporating more open-plan, comfortable, and informal spaces to hold meetings is a great way to provide some variation and keep the creative juices flowing. Including images, toys, interesting objects or technology to inspire ideas can help keep the conversation flowing.
Don’t underestimate the effects of physical movement for creative inspiration. Creating an office space that allows for free-movement or physical activity can really boost energy levels and inspire left-field thinking.
5. Comfort and Privacy
Comfortable, happy employees work more efficiently. Your office needs space for productive working, but giving the staff spaces to hang out, chill out, eat, rest, and think in comfort will help them produce their best work.
This is particularly important for lunch and break-times. There’s no better way to refresh than a relaxing conversion over lunch in a space built for purpose.
Private, cosy spaces can be great to de-stress before a meeting or after a difficult morning, and allow for smaller groups to splinter off on new projects. And sometimes, it’s nice to take a phone call or go over some notes in an out-of-the-way nook, where you won’t be bothered.
Similarly, personal desk space should be a homebase for every employee. Make sure there is room to personalise and be comfortable, and to find some privacy when necessary.
6. Luscious Lighting
Research shows that lighting has a big effect on the atmosphere of a space and how we feel within it. An adequate amount of light can improve mood and energy levels, while poor lighting contributes to low-mood and other deficiencies in the body.
Fluorescent tubes have long been the bulb of choice for offices as they are cheap to buy and fit, and can light large areas. But common problems with fluorescent tubes include flickering and bulbs becoming dimmer with age, meaning the quality of light can be inconsistent.
A popular alternative to fluorescent tubes, with stronger environmental credentials, is the LED light. LEDs are a more expensive investment, but in the long term they are more cost-effective than fluorescent lighting and provide a much better quality of light.
However, by far the best way to keep an office feeling fresh and appropriately lit is with natural lighting, helping people feel connected to the outside world whilst being able to work comfortably. Employees who have more exposure to natural light sleep longer, exercise more, and have a better quality of life.
Daylight integrated lighting control systems can regulate the level of artificial light in response to the level of natural light in a space. This means that the artificial light will be automatically dimmed in accordance with the level of natural light present.
7. Plant Life
There are very few things you can add to an office that are affordable, aesthetically pleasing, good for productivity, and health-booting all at once. But bringing some greenery indoors can do just that.
Plants and flowers are a great way to make a stuffy office space feel fresher, brighter and more homely. Certain indoor plants can also have a significant effect on air purity, increasing oxygen levels, reducing stress, and improving focus. In fact, having a plant in a room for just one day can remove up to 87% of toxins.
When choosing a plant for your workspace, make sure it’s suitable for the area — you don’t want a high-maintenance plant that grows too quickly, or anything that needs loads of natural light.
Some great green options for your office include: the Rubber Tree Plant (good for removing pollutants and very low-maintenance), English Ivy (pretty and excellent for improving the negative effects of poor air circulation) Aloe Vera (an air purifying classic and natural first aid kit!).
And for areas with poorer light: a Peace Lily (pretty white flowers, grow quickly without much effort), Palor Palms (purifies the air and looks beautiful as it does it), and the Jade Plant (resilient, low-maintenance and quirky).
With the effects of global warming becoming ever more apparent, our impact on the environment is more of a focus than ever. Taking the environment into account when designing your office space promotes a good ethos for the company, and can help everyone feel responsible and connected.
Whether it’s reducing the amount of unnecessary waste produced in the office or incorporating natural features into the design of the space, there’s no shortage of small but impactful ways that you can create a workplace that has a less damaging effect on the environment.
Where possible, use organic and natural materials like wood, stone, cork, exposed brick, woven material, ceramics and pottery for essential items like furniture, surfaces and decoration. Natural light or LED bulbs can reduce energy usage, whilst motion-activated light switches will ensure lights aren’t left on unnecessarily.
That’s your starter…
And there we have it! Whether you’re looking for small tweaks to bring some personality to your office space, or bigger interior design ideas to turn your work-space into its very best self, use these tips and tricks to get started.
Of course, seeing and realising the potential of your workspace, is not something we are all good at or want to spend our time doing. However, we are and we do!
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