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Office Interior Design Trends 2020

The year 2020 is undoubtedly set to bring some fresh changes to the world of interior design, both within commercial and personal spaces. In the last couple of decades, office interior design has been gaining momentum, with companies such as Google and Innocent blazing the trail in creating welcoming workplaces that inspire workers to feel happy and productive at work.

Although initially associated with tech companies and small startups, the awareness of a well-designed office space has risen dramatically, after being linked to increased productivity and wellness among employees. These trend-setting companies are now inspiring organisations of all sizes and sectors to make changes to the design of their interior workspaces, making work something that is enjoyed, rather than just tolerated.

It is also filtering down into the ever more common home office, as more and more people move towards making their living from home or remotely, rather than in one set office location. Granted, some of these tips will apply more to the traditional office environment than the home office setup, but we’re sure that wherever you work, you’ll be able to glean some useful tips from our article and subsequent interview with ThirdWay Interiors.

Much like home interior design, office interior design has its own set of trends that can change as the years roll past. Here, we’ll be taking a look at what we can expect to be significant in 2020 and how you can implement it into your office workspace.

Office space with mac on a table and table football game

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Nurturing of Nature

As a nation of nature-lovers, it’s no surprise that house plants have become a part of our DNA, giving us both the satisfaction of indoor foliage and the associated wellbeing benefits. While having plants in the home is nothing new, greenery is being seen more and more frequently in offices, with the trend becoming increasingly prevalent over the last decade or two.

There is an array of indoor plants that work perfectly within an office environment, from small potted succulents to larger office-friendly trees. However, what we’re seeing most of is somewhere in between, with trailing hanging plants, often perched on tables or shelves used as decoration and space dividers.

Even if you are a remote worker, or are a freelancer with your own space at home, then nature is something that can breath life into your dedicated work space. Simple succulents can be a great and small way to add a splash of colour to your space while wreaking all the benefits of having nature in the office, such as cleaner air and increased productivity. You could go a step further by adding small office trees or decorative hanging plants to create a truly green workspace.

Home work station with computer and plants
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Why not bring out the best of your natural surroundings by using minimal-style fixtures such as our glass range? With a range of shapes, sizes and colours to choose from, along with a selection of bulbs, there is something to suit all interiors. You could even opt for an exposed bulb or modern chandelier style lighting arrangement!

Office space with high bar and hanging lights

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Making the Best of Both Worlds

The modern open office plan is a massive swing away from the cubicle style that was popular in the 70s and 80s; partitioning employees to limit distraction and office noise pollution. However, in the late 20th century, open offices began becoming popular after businesses started to consider all of the perceived negatives of an office environment as positives. This change then led to the now-common, much more playful open office style, with workspaces being kitted out with table tennis or pool tables, a selection of furniture arrangements and multiple breakout spaces for informal meetings.

As with many changes, the grass can almost always seem greener on the other side, with some interior experts now saying that the trend has gone too far in the informal direction, becoming distracting and potentially harming productivity. This means that 2020 will likely be the year that businesses look to strike the ever-so-delicate balance of collaboration and autonomy. As different people work differently, having spaces that cater to both private, individual workers and community-focused team members will be one of the prevailing trends this year.

Natural lighting is important for an office environment and artificial lighting should ideally be used to complement it, rather than replace it. Our large retro pendant can be a great addition to your work space, allowing the light to cascade across the room, without shining too harshly on the area. For more natural or authentic offices, industrial lighting can be great way to bring out the best of the space, highlighting the features such as exposed brick or natural wood furniture.

Hanging ceiling lights in an office space

Retro Large Pendant - 17 Inch – Black, £89, by Industville (Image supplied by @thisisthirdway)

Privacy When Necessary

Seconding this desire for a range of spaces is the increased requirement for privacy. Whether you’re operating in a co-working space, or in an open-plan office, shielding important or personal data is more critical than ever. This doesn’t mean that grey cubicles will be coming back any time soon, as single-person work stations by no means have to be boring. Pods, booths and high-backed furniture will likely be seen more readily in offices, providing salvation for those employees that just want to get their heads down.

For offices that are looking to implement a warming, intimate feeling, while allowing people their own space to do work, then our Old Factory Pendants are a great option. A darker colour offering a warm glow, these hanging ceiling fixtures will work well with any style of interior. You can also add a dash of colour with our flex cable. If you want to retain a neutral aesthetic while still displaying brand colours, this is an excellent option.

Interview With ThirdWay Interiors

The ThirdWay team are experts in the field of office interior design, having worked for a range of clients in almost every sector imaginable. Their process is comprehensive, helping clients through every step of the journey, from design to implementation and aftercare. ThirdWay, like us here at Industville, place a high value of importance on getting the right lighting, which was the main topic of conversation when we spoke to them. Find out more about their thoughts on the subject, along with some ideas on upcoming office trends, below:

What stage of the project do you think is the right time to start thinking about lighting?

As soon as possible! Lighting is always such a critical aspect of any project as it has a huge effect on the overall mood of any interior. It’s also really important that the light fittings fit seamlessly into the design concept and enhance the surrounding finishes as opposed to conflicting with them!

What inspires you to design each interior?

I’d say a big chunk of inspiration typically comes from the client you are working with at the time. As designers, we’re always trying to really get under the client’s skin to find out what makes them tick and how they want their space to not only perform, but also make them and their employees feel.

What are the key upcoming office trends?

Sustainability and wellness will continue to be an ever-popular aspect of all built environments, but I think we are about to see a seismic shift in how technology plays a role in relation to these areas of design to ensure that workplaces are intelligent and as adaptable as possible. On a more aesthetic level, trend forecasters are predicting an increase in calming ocean-based tones to encourage mindfulness and inclusivity, which I can imagine will compliment fresh ideas on sustainability very well.

Office environment with black hanging lights

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What changes have you seen in office design and culture through the years

Clients are increasingly wanting their spaces to be as adaptable as possible in order to provide maximum flexibility for their evolving business and staff requirements. The increase in agile and home-based working has also meant that businesses now want far less traditional desk space and more ‘soft’ spaces such as collaboration zones, generous breakout areas, and relaxing quiet rooms which are all to give staff a sense of control and ownership over their working environment.

Office space with small pods and one long table


Why did you choose Industville, what makes it attractive?

ThirdWay has been using Industville for many years as the products are so appealing to a lot of our clients. We regularly design spaces within very industrial-looking buildings, so the products are often really sympathetic to the existing surroundings, which is great. We have also found the lead times to be super quick, and the price point is always good value.

You have used various of our lighting in office spaces, how versatile in your opinion is Industville lighting?

We love Industville as the product range is so timeless and adaptable to lots of different environments. The range of finishes are classic and provide great options that complement most design palettes.

Large industrial hanging ceiling lights

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What role does decorative lighting play in office design?

Decorative lighting can make or break a project in many ways as it has such an impact on how occupants feel within a space. I think many clients initially view decorative lighting as a bit of a luxury item, but it is certainly missed within spaces that provide no relief from the typical bright linear lights that are often too intense when staff need a break!

What is your favourite light from our range and why?

I love the Sleek Flat Pendant in the Brass finish as it’s so elegant and is perfect for dropping into cosy booth seats or glamorous coffee bars!

If you’re looking to transform your office space, whether working as a freelancer from home, or in a company office environment, make sure you get the perfect lighting! Our range of vintage light bulbs can make the ideal subtle additions to your working space, which can be complemented by shades and pendants of different shapes and sizes!

If you’re stuck for interior inspiration, look no further than our Instagram account! Updated daily with some of our favourite interior designs, you’ll have no trouble finding styles that you’ll love! You can also find out more about our work with businesses on our projects page, as we’ve worked with brands such as Tissot, Brewdog and Superdry.

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