Comfortable Employees are Happier and Better Workers Residential and hospitality design elements have influenced workplace design for many years. By blending relaxed furnishings and accessories with traditional workstations and conference rooms to outfit the modern office, a range of different activities and workstyles can be addressed – supporting more satisfied and productive teams. Incorporating residential design elements into workspaces softens the transition as we return to the office – and it doesn’t require a major redesign. Simple swap-outs and creative thinking can take an office from traditional and expected, to comfortable and welcoming, quickly and affordably.
Key Elements of Design-Inspired Spaces
Comfort and Functionality Blend more casual, comfortable spaces and furnishings into traditional workspaces, providing options that support how and where individuals and teams are most productive. Take inspiration from home and hospitality environments to create relaxed touchpoints throughout. Spaces that enable you to reconfigure or support multiple types of work encourage movement and usage.
Thonet - Installations Color and Light Combine color and light to create a sense of welcoming and comfort. Color can not only help define spaces throughout your floorplate, it can instill a sense of calm and relaxation, inspire happiness and promote efficiency. Flooring, pillows, upholstery, and art are simple and affordable ways to bring color into an environment.
When considering lighting options, warmer yellow or orange lights tend to be better for tranquility, whereas cooler blue and white lights are good for concentrated work. Natural light improves mood and increases productivity and overall wellness.
KFI Studios – Umage Lighting Accessories and Art Accessories like pillows, rugs, lamps, and art balance the overall feeling of a space and make it more inviting. Incorporating artwork throughout adds to the overall look and feel, and can also serve to define and inspire.
Great American Art – Inspiration Galleries Natural Elements and Materials Natural elements make a space feel more relaxed. Plants and other biophilia elements bring the outside in and can have a positive impact on air quality. Incorporate natural materials like woods, leathers, and rattans. Sunlight and fresh air also help create a sense of connection with nature and instill a sense of calm.
in2design – Bloom Planters Well-designed spaces incorporating elements of comfort, color, and nature help balance the overall floorplate while providing inviting options for where and how you get your best work done. These features don’t have to be expensive or difficult to achieve and, with a little imagination and inspiration, your workspace will welcome
employees back to the office comfortably.
Articles on Design-Inspired Spaces
Read articles from industry experts, influencers, and publications you might be interested in…
Art in the Workplace: Why You Need It. How to Choose It. - Work Design Magazine
Design Conscious Coworking Spaces - Wallpaper
The Rise of Resimercial Design - Coalesse Blog
Workspace Design for Productivity - Business.com
Home Office Décor Ideas - Real Simple
Visit our Pinpoint Platform to see more design-inspired spaces and supporting products from INDEAL Brands. Attend this month's INdustry INsights virtual sessions to hear from featured INDEAL Brands. Share this Space Solution feature with your team: https://www.indeal.org/post/design-inspired-spaces or sign up for the INdustry INsights Newsletter. Share your Design-Inspired Spaces with us on our Instagram page, or see spaces that inspire us on our Mortarr profile.
Coming Next month
Collaborative and Team Spaces Explore fresh ideas for supporting single collaboration sessions, or longer-term
team spaces as the world returns to work.