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"Offices with high-quality indoor environments, could help employees become more productive, research suggests" The Guardian, Sustainable Business
When you hear the words commercial office design, you probably imagine rows and rows of desks, and you wouldn’t be completely wrong. But since the birth of communal workspaces, people and design have come a long way. With each passing year, new trends are adopted in office spaces globally, leading to exciting design opportunities and workplace experimentation.
2020 into 2021 has been challenging for almost all of us. We saw our homes become our workplace, and many of us have found it tough to stay motivated when our couch is a mere 10 metres away. But most importantly, we all miss the human interaction we once had at the workplace.
Therefore, office design has never played a more integral role in the success of a business as it does today. Creating a beautiful office space has been said to energise and inspire productivity and creativity. They should be environments that support wellbeing and where people feel safe.
Lucky for you, the trend towards office optimisation is forecast to increase exponentially, and we know exactly how to make this a reality. Whether it’s incorporating natural elements and colour, or opening up the space and laying down a Persian or Oriental rug. We want to inspire you to create a workplace that your people are proud to work in.
Here are four ways you can style your office like a boss! Read on to see how to create a productive and inspiring work environment without compromising sleek, high-end decor.
BRING NATURE INTO YOUR WORKSPACE
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Bored PandaIntroducing a touch of the outdoors to an office environment can be very beneficial. Such features can boost productivity, enhance office morale, and improve indoor air quality.
Enter Biophilic Office Design! This term keeps popping up in the office design world, as the benefits of bringing nature into the workplace become more and more widely known.
Biophilia refers to the intuitive connection humans have with nature and our natural surroundings. Biophilic Design takes this connection and works to apply it to spaces where we live, shop, relax and work.
Many offices choose to add a natural touch by using planters to bring some life to indoor spaces. A living green wall made of hanging plants is a great idea to introduce some natural touches to a lobby or meeting room.
OPEN THE SPACE UP
A happy team is a productive team. An open workspace can break down barriers which may be put up through use of walls to segment teams - allowing everyone to intermingle, no matter how junior or senior their position.
It is known that collaboration comes more naturally in a workplace where there are no barriers. Open plan offices foster team spirit and create a social space as opposed to a closed-off individual space.
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Colour plays a significant role in how your business is perceived. First impressions count; use bold, vivid colours to create a grand first impression that screams confidence and style.
If you’re a startup seeking to connect with a youthful audience or a soliciting firm striving to strengthen client confidence, study colour meanings to help you attract and connect to your ideal customer.
The truth is, colour can transform a space - it has a direct impact on productivity, performance, and comfortability. Colour creates a visual experience that subconsciously affects the brain, and therefore, how we work.
Bright colours help incorporate dynamism into the office that will raise the overall energy of the team. Whereas cool colours are relaxing colours that will help keep employees composed.
DEFINE ZONES WITH RUGS
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A Persian or Oriental rug can be the key to transforming your office space to reflect your work, personal style or company ethos. Whether it's breakout planning areas, time-out chill zones, or strategy corners, a rug can help define functional zones within an open plan office.
So what do you think? Roll out those Persian and Oriental rugs and style that office like a boss. We have selected three of our favourite contemporary rugs that we feel work well in an office environment.