Office Flooring and Layout Re-Defined
The last two years have redefined our office space — at least for the foreseeable future, perhaps forever. Many people continue to work from home, others have returned to the office, even if only for a few days a week and many spaces have changed dramatically. Current office design and office flooring trends emphasize safety and comfort and other elements such as color, textures, and sustainability, which will continue.
Designers and businesses are always looking for ways to maintain a healthy and happy working environment while improving productivity, from acoustics and greenery in design to a greater emphasis on safe, protected work-spaces.
Is your office space in line with these trends? Here are ten trendy ways to update your office and possibly increase productivity.
- Work from “home” feel – The concept of workplace design and aesthetics has altered as more people continue to work from home. The goal for office workers is to give comfort and safety on all levels and make employees feel at ease as if they were at home. Changing the flooring in the office is one way to make it feel more “homey” right away. You may change the texture from industrial to more appealing with design and fluidity.
- Flexible Layout – Open-office environments also contain smaller, private sections and “pod areas” with enough workspace, seating, and outlet access for employees to make phone calls, engage in video conferences, or conduct research. Over the years, many firms have embraced open concept office design, and today more than ever, flexible workplaces and “pod-style” layouts are critical. While concrete is still very popular, the requirement for smooth textures underfoot is becoming more prevalent. Carpet floor tiles can help define space without cutting off the open concept, but they can also help attract attention to a calmer work area or designate a client lounge area.
- Sanitize and Maintain – Businesses and organizations reconsider their office space’s interior design and layout to provide a safe and secure environment. While touchpoints (such as doorknobs and elevator buttons) remain the focus, many businesses choose hard surfaces and design components that are easy to clean, disinfect, and maintain. Signs of social separation, hand sanitizing stations, and room capacity limits are also significant office features that help employees feel safe.
Aesthetics in the Mix
- Color – Your office’s color scheme can significantly impact your employees’ overall mood, productivity, and motivation. The color of your flooring determines how warm or frigid a room appears. Reds, oranges, and yellows offer warmth, whereas blues, greens, and purples represent cold and tranquillity. The color of the floor has a significant impact on how large or small a room appears. Many businesses choose colors that are representative of their brand. Because you’ll want your company’s brand to be visible to clients, it can be displayed at the reception area more boldly than elsewhere.
- Lighting – What role does lighting have in your life? Whether in an industrial or office setting, proper illumination makes all labor tasks easier. Appropriate lighting, devoid of glare and shadows, can help prevent eye fatigue and headaches while also improving the visibility of moving machinery and other job hazards. The appearance of your office flooring and other furnishings is greatly influenced by lighting. Lighting and flooring are two parts of restorations and new construction that are frequently overlooked; nonetheless, your space will only look its best if it has a foundation of lighting and flooring to build on.
- Green options – Concrete is a natural and easy-to-recycle office flooring solution. Rocks, clay, sand, and other naturally existing materials make up the structure. One of the most beautiful and long-lasting surfaces available is concrete flooring that looks like wood. Talking to a professional is the best way to research office flooring options.
- Wall Coverings – Your commercial structure will look better with wall-coverings. To deliver a meaningful customer service experience, your organization must set itself apart from the competitors. The most affordable and long-lasting solution is wall-covering. It leaves a lasting impression on visitors, ensuring that they remember your products, services, and location over those across the street.
- Mix it Up – Combining contemporary and traditional design elements – an intriguing combination of the past and present Retro and geometric patterns, such as chevron and herringbone, are popular among designers. Geometric patterns can also be used in larger spaces, such as floors and walls, including bold splashes of color to subtle gray and ivory tones. Even flooring can be a mix of old and new.
- Texture – Your use of texture may go a long way toward creating an image that is distinctively your own as modern office design trends shift toward embracing personality in the workplace. A consistent, uniform application of texture may make a significant impact. Consider the floor when thinking about how you use texture in the office. As open offices become increasingly widespread, companies are looking for innovative ways to define areas like lounges and other collaborative spaces.
Last But Not Least – Consider Office Flooring Acoustics
- Acoustics – The size, shape, and other items in the room, as well as their connections, all influence the room’s acoustic performance. Inflexible flooring materials such as concrete, porcelain, and ceramic can negatively influence the workplace because of the significant amount of noise pollution they produce. While carpet can help reduce noise, engineered hardwood and LVT flooring are more versatile due to their ease of maintenance and variety of design alternatives.
Call Cutting Edge Office Flooring
Contact Cutting Edge Flooring to talk about any of these ten trendy ways to update your office or something entirely different. Our goal is to help you get your office or any other flooring project completed in a way that will exceed your expectations. You can also visit our showroom at the Prescott Gateway Mall – 3250 Gateway Blvd Suite 206 in Prescott, Arizona. You can also call us at 1.928.713.0495. We look forward to working with you on your project.