Corporate interior design trends evolve and change constantly. These trends follow a combination of technological advancements, residential trends, and fashion trends. Just like other industry trends, they ebb and flow throughout the years and sometimes previous trends make a comeback a decade or so later. While it’s impossible to pinpoint and name every trend circulating in the corporate interior design world, we can highlight a few trends that we’ve seen gain popularity recently.
Shared Space Furniture
Sharing furniture with other employees sounds forced, but it’s actually a favorable way of breaking down the communication barriers between employees and fostering collaborative work. By providing large lounge spaces and co-working areas in a corporate setting, you can help encourage your team to be more creative and expressive with their work. Shared space furniture is typically found in large lounge areas and includes plush couches, big tables, and desks designed for multiple users.
Open Floor Plan
Gone are the days of small and private cubicles. Open-plan desking has quickly overtaken private cubicle spaces and broken the walls down – literally. By transitioning to open floor plans, collaboration can happen naturally, social relationships can be built, and the corporate community is born. This also opens up the office space to appear bigger, brighter, and more welcoming. Fewer walls can reduce distraction and boost productivity in your employees.
One of the more colorful corporate interior design trends involves pulling in greenery, flowers, and other decor found in nature. The benefit of bringing in plants to a corporate space is more than just the aesthetic appeal, they decrease stress, increase productivity, clean the air, foster creativity, and decrease sickness in the office. A huge part of this trend is the way office spaces are incorporating vertical gardens, biophilic design, and walking paths in and around their building.
Shaking It Up
Bland is no longer the word used to describe the style of trendy business and corporate spaces. Pulling in geometric and abstract patterns is just one of many ways to shake up your corporate space. Monotone color schemes are out and accent walls and geometric shapes are in. They can be incorporated by painting a wall, adding geometric hardware, or upholstered furniture with modern fabric and patterns.
Taking It Home
Many corporate spaces are opting for a homier feel over a cold and conservative feel. Bringing in plush furniture, art that is more personal, and displaying meaningful knickknacks are a few ways to liven up your corporate space and give it more of a personality. As more time is spent in the office, it’s important to make that space more relaxing and informal. An easy way to bring this trend into your corporate space is to choose comfortable and soft lounge furniture with pillows and throws.
Going green is more than throwing trash in the correct waste bin. By recycling materials to create new pieces of furniture or decoration, environmental impact is reduced and beauty is brought back to life. This trend is found in nearly every area of the home and office interior design worlds as it helps prevent the need to purchase all new furniture and give you the opportunity to repurpose furniture you already own. Upcycling older and worn out furniture through restoration must be done properly in order to maintain a professional appearance and produce an ideal outcome.
Storage is vital in every corporate space. Even with the vast majority of information being stored digitally, there are plenty of tangible items that require space in your office. Concealed storage units are ideal for spaces that you want to appear sleek and clean. These units are perfect to store unattractive office supplies and paper products. Storing uniform binders on bookshelves not only leaves them accessible but still maintains a professional appearance. Consistency in your storage systems such as utilizing the same color or size produces uniformity and cleanliness.
Make It Metal
Some trends seem to contradict others. We see a trend of bringing in soft colors, textures, and shapes but we also see another trend of geometric and metal furniture being highly popular in the corporate world as well. There must be a balance here of incorporating metal and metallics without making the office seem cold. A simple way we bring metal into the office is by using metal legs on coffee tables and other furniture pieces but with more unique and attractive colors such as gold and bronze.
Light and neutral colors are still a wonderful way to bring a homey and comforting feel to the office. However, by incorporating a statement color or piece, you can instantly update the entire feel of the space. A brightly colored couch with small decor accents of that same color is a quick way to jump in on this trend without changing too much. Jewel-tone greens, blues, and reds are also gaining popularity as they are strikingly beautiful and a wonderful focal point.
Pairing textures can be tricky. Combining very different textures can produce a beautiful and unique look or it can look funky in a negative way. Interior designers have an eye for which textures, colors, and patterns to combine and will be your best friend as you implement this trend into your office space.
Bringing New Trends to Your Office
As with all corporate interior design trends, you’ll need to choose which one or two to incorporate. You can’t bring them all into your office space but when you narrow down which best fit your business model, Wehrli Furniture can help you design your perfect furniture to refresh your corporate space. Our professional furniture services include restoration, painting, upholstery, and custom design. We’d be happy to help you come up with your dream piece of furniture to add to your space as you implement one or more of the 2019 corporate interior design trends. Contact us today to begin your project and check out our recently completed work for inspiration.