What you can expect to see from commercial interior design in 2022
It’s been two years since the remote work trend saw a massive explosion. While many businesses continue to reopen their offices to some degree, it’s hard to disagree that these two years have dramatically changed the approach many are now taking to offices. Commercial interior design reflects this, leaning into many of the feel-good aspects of a home office, while taking advantage of the communal space that a corporate office provides.
With that in mind, we take a look at many commercial office trends that designers already see emerging or expect to see more of in 2022.
Coworking spaces take shape
As the mindset of an office shifts from a task-focused space to a community-focused space, the design will also change to accommodate this. We’ve already started to see these changes happening in the reduction of cubicles in many offices and the introduction of more common and collaboration-focused areas.
Businesses know they need a reason for employees to come into the office, and the convenience of a home environment is hard to compete with for many people. Instead, the design of these spaces will begin to trace function rather than form, aiming to make the most of work/life balance, thereby reducing stress and increasing productivity for those who do.
“The office is increasingly turning into a private café,” says Katie Mills, professional interior designer and managing editor at Poshh in an article with Commercial Café. More open space and a greater variety of seating and desk options will be the way forward as people adopt a more out-and-back attitude. A greater mix of community-focused, multifunctional spaces will also begin to emerge, mimicking a telecommuting-type environment.
The rise of commercial design
For those new to the concept of resimercial, it is a design philosophy that combines aspects of commercial and residential spaces to create a more comfortable feel. So it makes sense that after two years of working from home, the office is trying to adapt to have more home elements inside.
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As people began to work remotely, more and more began to carve out their own little spaces in their homes to make them as healthy and productive as possible. A lot of that involved making (or at least trying to make) those home offices much more comfortable and quieter, and now that expectation is being brought to the fore in the main office for those days when people have to go to work .
Being able to replicate that level of comfort will be key to enticing employees back into the office. Having more open spaces, as we saw earlier, will help with this, but the materials used in the design of the space will also play a major role in developing a more residential feel.
Budget constraints will certainly be a limiting factor, but there are plenty of design options at all price points. For some inexpensive solutions, simply adding curvature in furniture will add a more homey feel to the central office, and the same goes for colors. At the higher end, acoustic panels and fabrics will also help replicate the home environment.
Sustainability continues to be paramount
There are a variety of reasons why green won’t go out of style in the office. For one thing, many employees see sustainability as a key differentiator when deciding who to work for. It will be something that, overall, will contribute to a healthier work environment, as individuals take pride in the efforts made by their office to help preserve the environment.
In addition, energy efficiency remains an important tool for reducing costs, especially as utility prices are rising. These sustainability measures can also contribute to the development of greater resilience within the office, leaving less pressure on the work in the event of an outage, especially with buildings that use solar energy in tandem with storage units. of energy.
As these considerations continue to enter the mix, expect to see more alternative and sustainable materials used in offices that aim to mimic less durable elements like marble and limestone.
Biophilia spreads its roots
It becomes much harder to consider sustainability as a commercial interior design trend without also including biophilia in the mix. Much more than just adding plants to a space (although that is always an acceptable and welcome addition), biophilia is about adding more natural elements into the built environment.
In the office, this can mean something as simple as improving the lighting inside the office or something as complex as creating dedicated outdoor spaces such as gardens. Materials also come into play, with wood and stone listening to both the warmth and coolness of nature.
Even color plays a role in biophilic design. Expect to see the traditional beige and cream of office spaces gradually replaced by blues and greens in the future. More natural designs, such as grasscloth or floral patterns, will also gain popularity as popular wallcovering options.
Design Choices united under the banner of mental health and wellness
Even before the pandemic, companies were starting to take stock of employee health and wellness. Today, this concern remains more prescient than ever, with many companies seeking to transform their workspaces into wellness-focused spaces, and this is what most of the trends listed here contribute to.
By incorporating more common spaces, creating a warmer environment, and fostering closer connections with people and the environment, these commercial office design trends rely more on health and well-being than ever before. employees. Flexibility and functionality will reign in office design in the future, and the most successful spaces will be those that stray farthest from the way an office is traditionally designed.
This article originally appeared on our sister site DesignWell365.com.