Going green: Five office design trends to watch this year

Going green: Five office design trends to watch this year

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Although office workers spend a large proportion of their time indoors when at work, companies do not always place a high priority on the design and interior features of their offices.

Lobbies and meeting rooms typically get the most attention because they are used to impress clients or customers, while the more functional workspaces can often be ignored. Research has shown that United Kingdom office workers’ productivity is so poor that they only spend three days out of five actually working.

Companies can improve the design of their office space to maximize the positive benefits this could deliver. Here are five office design trends to consider this year, from Kenneth Freeman, head of innovation at Ambius.

It’s all about the green

Adding a splash of color can be an inexpensive way to brighten up an office space and can stimulate creativity and productivity. Color matching expert Pantone has declared that the color of 2017 is a shade of green. The particular shade is called “Greenery,” and we expect this color will be used often in office design this year.

Studies have shown that office plants can increase productivity by 15 percent, and Pantone’s color of the year suggests that the benefits of greenery are going to become more widely understood and feature in more offices in the year ahead.

Air plants and succulents

Succulents are looking particularly popular. Their interesting shapes make them pleasing to the eye, and they would not look out of place in almost any office design. They also have other benefits when used in offices, as they are robust and live long.

Adoption of the WELL Building Standard

As more and more employers understand the impact a building has on their employees’ well-being and productivity, we anticipate more companies will strive to meet the WELL Building Standard. This standard is a certification to support health and wellbeing and recognizes the value of design in workplaces. It covers concepts such as air, light, comfort and mind – all of which can be positively impacted by greenery.

Flexible design

A well-designed workplace should be able to accommodate the evolving requirements of the employees within it. Whilst flexible working such as hot-desking is not a new concept, we expect it to increase in popularity this year. Installing modular soft seating and workbenches, desk pods, meet-point tables and breakout furniture, are just a few great ways to make your office more adaptable.


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Topics: Architectural Firms, Building Owners and Managers, Consulting - Green & Sustainable Strategies and Solutions, Interior Design, Interiors, Office Buildings

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