No longer are office buildings the boring, fluorescently illuminated spaces filled with rows of impersonal cubicles.
Ok, so some offices are still like that, but the trend in today’s corporate environment is to create workspaces that reflect the changing tastes and values of the companies and younger employees working in them. Here are some trends you’re likely to see in office buildings in 2018 and beyond:
1. Going green: Although companies have already been getting more “green” with vine walls, rooftop gardens, and natural wood elements, you will be seeing more environmentally friendly applications throughout businesses. More companies will turn to powering the building with renewable energy sources, air purification systems, using locally sourced food in dining spaces and indoor “parks” or green spaces.
2. More inclusion, accessibility: More companies are researching new methods of making their workspaces suit all types of people and employees. You will find more attempts to create individualized work environments featuring adjustable height desks, quiet floors for a less hectic environment and adaptive chairs.
3. Go bold with color: Pantone’s 2018 trend palettes feature a number of color combinations to be on the lookout for in the modern office space. Bold companies may opt for a blend of blues and oranges, while neutral metallic colors are popular for businesses seeking a polished, modern atmosphere. A little color can go a long way in most interiors: choose your bright colors in smaller doses, such as chair fabrics, accent walls or filing cabinets.
4. Getting well: Companies competing for the most talented millennials want to offer benefits appealing to the health-conscious generation. Gyms, recreation programs, standing desks and healthy meal and snack options are becoming more commonplace.
5. Increasing flexibility: Today’s workers are used to spaces that invite collaboration with their peers. Office spaces are more open than in the past, with private rooms available for more intense work.
6. More textures: More businesses are incorporating different textures into their offices, leaving behind the old tile and drywall look. Today, you’ll see more concrete and brick walls, shag carpets, and distressed wood furniture to make the office seem like more of a “hangout” space than somewhere you simply work.