It’s safe to say that COVID-19 played a role in the transformation of office spaces. While many people are working remotely, there are those who have returned to the office to discover space with a much different look.
From aesthetics to acoustics, designers and companies are always exploring options to create enviable workspaces. Here are the design elements we believe will trend in 2022 and beyond.
1. Biophilic design principles
Biophilia is known to increase people’s productivity and focus through a connection with nature. Natural light, vegetation, living / green walls, natural textures and materials, open spaces, and nature views are proven to be emotionally and intellectually satisfying. Even images and the use of color that evoke nature are touches that are appreciated and promote healthy work environments.
2. Grandmillenial style
Breathing new life into old things brings a sense of familiarity and comfort. Timeless, feminine touches such as traditional floral patterns, chintz, fringe, ruffles, embroidery, and pattern-on-pattern fabrics are what come to mind when we think about grandmillenial design. While these things are commonly seen in residential design, we suspect we’ll see watered-down elements in commercial projects, using warm color palettes and simplified versions of the patterns. Watch for these nostalgic touches combined with modern spins will continue to come on the scene.
Podcasts. Zoom calls. The technology is here, so we now need appropriately designed spaces to support these needful tasks and to minimize distractions. Take for example the podcast room on the right. It has an acoustic panel that doubles as this company’s logo. More and more floor coverings, furnishings, wallcoverings, door sealants, and lighting products are designed with acoustics in mind. These noise reducing solutions that were once considered a luxury will likely become a design staple in select spaces.
4. Resimercial vibes
Companies will continue to turn to vibrant and “resimercial” (residential + commercial) vibes. During the pandemic many people became accustomed to working in their kitchens, living rooms, and bedrooms. Comfortable settings as well as choices in where people can do their work are becoming increasingly important. That’s why people are gravitating toward hybrid spaces that range from private phone booths to huddle rooms to flexible, open concept layouts that accommodate large gatherings. We predict “home-like” décor such as throw pillows and table lights will become increasingly popular in offices.
5. Community centric touches
Adding pieces with local flair can build community relationships, boost spirit, and complement work culture. Community-centric art, décor, sculptures, and furniture separate the mundane offices from the exciting ones. Local or regional touches are conversation starters and lend themselves to unique and inviting work environments.
From the magic of outdoors to technology-related design elements, these trends create aesthetically appealing work environments while promoting productivity and reducing stress. They are the design elements that make corporate office spaces work and shape a company’s identity.