The Role of Texture in Workplace Design

2020-02-13T16:25:04+00:00February 13th, 2020|Workplace Design|

When you’re planning an office, there are so many different factors to consider. You have to think about the furniture you need, your budget, your layout, your color scheme, just to name a few. But as you get ready to make a new start in a redesigned office, there’s one more thing worth considering: how you’d like to use texture in your space. 

With so many things to worry about, texture can easily get overlooked during the planning process. But thoughtful use of texture can be a highly effective way to add visual interest to your space. As modern office design trends move toward embracing personality in the workplace, your use of texture can go a long way in creating an aesthetic that is uniquely your own. A uniform, consistent use of texture can make a very bold statement, but don’t be afraid to mix and match. Using a variety of textures can add an extra layer of dimension to your space, regardless of what your style may be. 

White Shortcut Wood with tan seat cushion next to a coffee tableThe upholstered seat of this Shortcut Wood Chair is an inviting addition to this space full of wood textures. 

The resimercial design trend has done a lot to bring comfort to the office and that includes a variety of soft textures. Upholstered surfaces make spaces feel more welcoming, especially when paired with harder textures like wood or metal. Soft upholstery fabrics help make people feel right at home while leather upholstery can be a great way to add a touch of luxury to a space. 

A Campfire Personal Table with a wood veneer shown next to a Campfire Half Lounge with gray upholstery.A Campfire Personal Table, pictured with a wood veneer, adds a contrasting texture to the Campfire Half Lounges upholstered in dark gray and cream fabrics. 

With the growth of biophilic design, natural textures have become a very popular addition to offices all over the world. Biophilic design is all about representing nature in interior design to help fulfill the need people have to feel connected to nature. A wood table, for example, can make a striking addition in a space filled with other types of textures while also adding a touch of warmth to the room. 

Two green Campfire Big Lounges, a Campfire Paper Table, and Campfire Screen create a lounge area.A gray shag rug defines the perimeter for this office lounge, featuring Campfire Big Lounges, a Campfire Paper Table, and Campfire Screen.

When you think about your use of texture around the office, don’t forget to think about the floor. With open offices becoming more common, companies are looking for new ways to create definition for areas like lounges and other collaborative spaces. Adding space definition doesn’t necessarily have to be limited to putting up partitions. For instant space definition, try using rugs that contrast from the rest of the flooring in the area.

Looking for more ways to use texture in your space? Our planning assistance team can help. Schedule a call with our team and our design experts will get to work planning a space your team will love.