Gone are the days of sterile, uncomfortable office furniture that sacrificed style for the sake of uniformity. Commercial office design has greatly evolved over the past decade, incorporating ideas for greater worker efficiency and more pleasing aesthetics. Some offices have even taken ideas from the home in order to make employees feel more comfortable, and ultimately, more productive.
Today, interior designers are incorporating features like acoustic tiles, bright colours and more natural lighting to make offices feel more pleasing. Here are 13 ideas for your next office design that will make employees happier and more productive.
1. Innovative Acoustic Ceiling Solutions
This solution neutralises the issue found in a lot of commercial office design: big, open spaces. While open spaces increase worker collaboration and make spaces seem more expansive, they can have negative effects on the atmosphere of the office due to their poor acoustics with sound bouncing off the sleek surfaces. The innovative use of commercial office acoustic tiles dampens the reverberation and ensures a more pleasant experience.
2. Add Colourful Lighting
Beyond just looking exciting, colourful office spaces can inspire and motivate staff. Research from Money magazine shows that blue light increases productivity and alertness, while red light may improve the mood of night shift workers.
3. Experiment With Paint Color
Pops of paint and colour can bring a sense of playfulness to office spaces and lift the spirits of the employees that use it.
4. Or Try a Minimalist Color Scheme
Certain office spaces call for the use of a neutral colour palette. Muted colours can still result in a stylish and functional space.
5. Glass Walls Create Open Separation
To break up a commercial office into distinct areas while still maintaining an open feeling, use glass walls. These can be used for conference rooms, hallways and elevators. Glass lets in light and gives a more collaborative feeling than opaque walls, whilst still blocking sound when privacy is paramount.
In the room above, glass walls were used on both sides to give the small, narrow room a much more expansive feel.
6. Use Unique Lighting
A simple commercial office design idea for a renovation or revamp is to switch up the overhead lighting options. Compared to traditional, stark fluorescent lights, using a mix of recessed and pendant lighting, like in the example above, adds both style and warmth to the office.
7. Install Acoustic Slatted Walls
If you need to improve office acoustics without adding full walls, try installing acoustic slatted panels. These can separate areas while also dampening sound, and can easily be added to existing wall space without the need for major renovations.
The slatted walls in this example add flair to the room while minimizing echoes in the hallway and lobby.
8. Opt for Lighter Furniture
Though many associate comfort with heavy and substantial furniture, this room proves you can still achieve comfort with a lighter look.
Opting for slimmer, sleeker furniture takes up less room in the space to make it feel larger.
9. Go Bold With Architectural Patterns
Adding architectural patterns and detail creates striking focal points while simultaneously enhancing the room’s acoustics.
The pattern above is made from acoustic panels, so it serves both as a decorative and functional element. Artistic elements around the office have been shown to boost productivity, lower stress and increase wellbeing.
10. Add Colour Through Furniture
If the office lease doesn’t allow painting or major architectural additions, consider adding pops of colour through the furniture. Adding a bright accent colour to an otherwise neutral colour scheme gives the space a fun, modern look.
11. Experiment With Open Shelving
Utilising open shelving for easy-to-access binders, reports or office supplies encourages employees to keep an organized and clean office environment and can bring interest to an otherwise uninteresting space.
The example above experiments with a zig-zag shelf unit, adding playfulness to the sleek, modern design.
12. Showcase Artwork
Commercial office spaces are no longer uniform and boring. Modern commercial offices should showcase artwork to inspire creativity and imagination in employees. The artwork gives workers a mental and visual break throughout the workday which can inspire new ideas and increase productivity.
13. Incorporate Natural Materials
Incorporating wood and other natural materials into an office space can influence the well-being of employees, as nature has been shown to have a calming effect on people.
Now that there are so many options for modified and easy-to-clean wood, it’s easier than ever to incorporate natural materials into the workplace.
These 13 commercial office design ideas will not only add to the aesthetics and functionality of your office design but will also lift the spirits and productivity of employees.
To add efficiency and effectiveness to your office design, contact Decor Systems to enlist the experts in acoustic design.