The beginning of a new year prompts reflection for us all, both personally and professionally. We take a look back at the top 5 design trends that we’ve seen in office fitouts in the last 12 months.
Keeping things neat
People are increasingly aware that a cluttered or messy workspace can hinder productivity and creativity. More and more businesses are seeking modern solutions to make their workspace look pristine, and more importantly easy to keep that way; nobody wants to lose time to cleaning up around the office.
The number one way that companies are changing to make their offices look neater is by hiding cables. Cords are long, messy, tangle easy and ugly to look at. Office fitouts that include a solution to exposed cables make a space look instantly fresher and more organised.
Bringing nature indoors
Corporate fitouts no longer follow the rulebook written in decades gone by that state everything must be grey, white or black, and a cold place to be. Staff spend a significant portion of their time in the office and want to be surrounded by a design that is welcoming and warm.
In 2015 we saw more people opt for natural, cosier options for furniture, flooring and wall dividers. Timber, polished concrete, plants and fabrics are all making an appearance in recent office fitout designs around Perth.
Not being afraid of colour
Following along the lines of making a welcoming space that avoids drenching an office in black, white and anything in between, colour is a popular choice for offices in the past year. Pops of bold colour and interesting art pieces create vibrancy and make a space more encouraging of creativity, engagement and collaboration.
As we discussed towards the end of last year, standing desks are growing in popularity around the world due to the reported health benefits that they bring, combatting the problems that a sedentary lifestyle can cause. Read more about standing desks and how to incorporate them into your office fitout here.
As less creative industries move away from the widely popular ‘open plan office’ and back to more private fitout alternatives, glass is gaining a loyal fan base. Glass walls used in the perfect balance keep an office looking spacious and open without compromising on privacy and personal space.
Individual offices with correctly used glass walls allow for open communication and casual conversations when it demands, but also provide the separation that is sometimes necessary in office life.
If you’re planning an office relocation or office fitout in 2016 and want to keep up with the trends while keeping true to your work culture and unique needs, talk to the team at Perth Citi Fitout. Contact Perth Citi Fitout here or on 08 9249 1347.