We saw plenty of exciting developments in the office design world in 2017, from customisable furniture to integrated technology. Following on from what was a groundbreaking year, we look set to see even more progressive and cutting edge office design trends in 2018.
Whether you’re considering a complete design overhaul or just want to make a few changes to boost productivity, you’ll find plenty of inspiration here. Read on to discover our top 7 office design trends for 2018!
To facilitate ABW, staff aren’t assigned a desk or workstation, but provided with a variety of work ‘zones’. These zones are designed to allow employees to undertake specific tasks, whether it be individual or collaborative work, creative thinking or making a private phone call.
With the benefits activity zones bring, including increased productivity and greater staff satisfaction, there is no doubt they will grow in popularity in 2018.
Industrial workspace design is continuing to grow in popularity due its raw, urban and edgy aesthetic qualities. Key elements of the industrial design include brick walls, hanging pendant lights, graffiti signage and exposed ceilings.
While not every company goes all-out industrial, some elements have found their way into more conventional workplace designs. Pendant lights, for example, have gone through a surge in popularity due to their versatility. Some companies even go for brick-effect wallpaper to add a little more aesthetic interest to their interiors.
When it comes to workplace communication, walls can be an inconvenience. For the simple reason that they put barriers between departments, more businesses are now tearing them down to adopt a communication-friendly open plan layout.
If you’re looking to maintain a departmental feel but share in the spoils of open communication, there is a compromise. For example, companies are now using screens, glass partitions, storage solutions and/or furniture as department dividers.
Rap’s recent trip to the 100% Design show in London highlighted that meeting pods are by no means a passing fad. There were a number of new, cutting edge designs which left a lasting impression on our designers, both in terms of their aesthetic qualities and practicality.
Among the most inventive designs was a pod with lockable wheels, integrated power sockets and removable walls. Another significant design was a glass meeting pod which could block out sound.
With companies going to great lengths to create a more collaborative working environment, we predict that meeting pods will be one of the most popular office design trends in 2018.
While last year saw plenty of businesses embracing biophilia – where natural elements are brought into the office – this year they look to go a step further. Expect to see companies applying the idea of ‘green’ to more of their processes, from sourcing local food to introducing eco-friendly web hosting.
In terms of interior design, here are a few things that will help you to create an eco-friendly office:
Restored Furniture – Not only is restoring old furniture better for the environment, but can help to achieve and industrial / urban look.
LED Lighting – It is a long-known fact that LED lights consume less electricity, which helps to reduce your carbon footprint.
Dual Flush Toilets – Introducing these toilets is a great way to save water and, in turn, lower the impact on the environment.
In addition to these, the biophilic looks set to be popular again in 2018. Consider teaming walls of green foliage and office plants with the above to really instill a green ethos!
When choosing a colour, it’s important to think about how it reflects your company identity. One way to do this is to pick a scheme that matches your company brand colours. For example, Rap’s office fit out of London housing association Family Mosaic included their green a purple scheme throughout – from the chairs to the carpet.
Whatever colour you choose, think about combining it with a neutral shade like white. This will avoid overkill and create a bright, balanced aesthetic.
Wishing You a Successful 2018!
So there you have it: seven great office design trends to give you food for thought for your workplace transformation. By embracing new trends like these, you can do wonders for your business in terms of productivity, staff satisfaction levels and brand development.
For more inspirational design ideas that can help to move your company forward, don’t forget to check out our blogs and case studies.
Have our office design trends inspired you to make changes to your workplace?
If you’re thinking of a fit out or refurbishment in 2018, then make sure you get in touch with Rap Interiors! Rap’s office interior designers has been transforming spaces with modern designs for nearly three decades, helping companies to grow their brand and enhance their reputation.
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