How to Refresh your Office Design for a more Inspirational Space
Collaboration is key to making progress, but with the increase of technology and more dispersed workers, how can we create an office that is a welcoming and lively place to be? Design an inspirational office space with these tips.
Pick the right color
Let the office speak for itself: your values, brand and company culture should be apparent in the colors you choose. Insight into the study of color psychology can help you decide what shade to paint your walls and what color the couch should be in the lounge. For example, blue calms, red ignites and purple combines the stability of blue and energy of red. Humans have a strong psychological connection to color, making it critical in any design project. Colors affect your mood and impact how you view your workspace, so take the time to research the perfect shade.
Designing with a pattern or texture can provide intrigue and a source of comfort in an otherwise standard office space. A rug, custom art or throw pillows can easily be added for some differentiation. Furniture pieces can also be designed with textures — customizable tables allow for endless design possibilities.
Just be careful picking the pattern ― it can be a distraction if it’s not the right fit. We recommend talking to one of turnstone’s space planning experts to help you decide. Our experts can help you find the exact shade to boost productivity and your mood. We can even match your desk to your favorite sweater!
Establish a focal point
When it comes to enticing and engaging workers, including a focal point is a necessity. It grounds the room while tying everything together. Keep the area uncluttered to boost focus. Large tables for collaboration and socialization act as anchors to draw in workers and call for attention. Utilizing color, size or a pattern is another easy way to establish the focal point for times when you have something important to share or need to gather a group. A whiteboard displays progress and team goals; using it as a focal point emphasizes the importance of collaboration and visibility, building on company culture.
Small details can make a big difference, too. Hanging pictures on the walls, placing books on a shelf or putting flowers in a vase can add a little something special that turns into a smile or an idea. Get to know the people in the office and find out what inspires them and makes them happy, then incorporate those items into the design of the space to add a personal flair to an empty table or wall. It can be as simple as a toy sailboat, a favorite book or a picture of a beloved beach. If you’re looking for a more subtle display, attached office storage units can hold a piece of home to foster authenticity and individualization.
Sometimes windows aren’t a strong enough connection to nature. Breathe some life into the office by adopting an office plant! Research by the Steelcase team suggests that biophilia, the theory that there is an instinctive bond between humans and nature, is key to workers’ well being. Adding a little piece of nature will make the office more homey and relaxed ― not to mention the respiratory and restorative benefits. Green is a natural color that often has a calming, stress-reducing effect, so purify your air with some potted english ivy, pothos or aloe plant.
Acknowledge all personality types
Recognizing that people work in different ways is crucial for a successful office environment. Some people need a place to refresh and reenergize alone after speaking to a large group, and others need a place to bounce ideas and talk freely. Make it easier to collaborate even if they’re not in the same room by adding screens for video chat. Offering an options to stand and work with standing height desks or get more comfortable with lounge seating lets workers choose the posture that is best for them. Adding screens allows workers to work in privacy, while more social settings like a community table encourages socialization for more extroverted workers. Including different places to work to address those needs will lead to happier and more efficient workers in a livelier environment.