There are no signs of the agile office design slowing down. With the revelation that open-plan offices are not conducive to productivity and the ideal environment of the modern workforce, interior office designers are developing innovative solutions to deliver flexible, all-action offices.
Office design trends that are emerging at the moment will continue into 2020 and beyond. Firms have a focus on health and wellbeing, flexible workstations and increasing productivity. But what design elements will be the top trends in 2020?
Provide distraction-free corners
According to an article in Forbes, the hottest trend in office designs “right now” are the sound-proof phone booths, cubby holes and themed meeting rooms.
Today’s employees want mobility and flexibility in the workplace. This includes areas where they can thrive in a collaborative process, huddle rooms for brainstorming sessions and distraction-free rooms for when they need to focus.
Install an accent wall
Accent walls are an easy and inexpensive way to create an inspirational corner of the office and add some flair to your decor. Depending on the nature of your business, you can make it as funky and innovative as you like.
The key thing to remember when creating accent walls is not to overload it with distracting features or wallpaper with haphazard patterns. Chic and sophisticated is the best approach. You should also consider using natural materials such as wood or glass.
Create collaborative areas
Installing a variety of collaborative workspaces is becoming a priority for businesses. Design concepts typically include a mixture of small nooks or “huddle rooms” and shared common spaces other than traditional meeting rooms.
An emerging trend is to install recreational areas in which employees have an opportunity to momentarily switch off and recharge. Recreational spaces help employees to bond with their colleagues and nurture relationships which can enhance collaborative projects.
Add inspirational art
Whilst artwork in the office environment is not new, a relevant trend for 2020 will see business owners replacing tired corporate art and outdated pictures with profound images that evoke emotion, motivate staff and inspire innovative individuals.
Artwork in an office has been shown to provoke thought and reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Good quality art also improves the aesthetics of your office environment and projects a positive image of your brand.
Investing in artwork does not have to be expensive. Your first consideration should be finding images that provide a social, political and economic view into the lives of your customers.
Biophilic office designs
A study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health shows that bringing nature into the workplace improves physical health, mental wellbeing, staff morale, productivity and staff retention.
Biophilic design incorporates elements from nature, such as plants, water features and natural lighting. However, the concept does involve more than adding a few potted plants and natural oak desks just because they are in vogue.
Leading interior designers will tell you that biophilic designs should strengthen the connection with nature by installing as many aspects of the outdoors as possible.
Allowing more natural light to flood in, providing views of nature, including natural materials, textures and patterns are all relevant to enhancing health and wellbeing. And don’t forget simple features such as sea shells and stones. They have a positive psychological impact as well.