Office space trends have been undergoing some major changes in recent years. The changes are a major break with traditional offices, which have been left behind for more flexible and sustainable design elements.

These new trends in office design are driven by the need to care for the humans who work there. Office designs that work with humans and accommodate their needs are the driving force behind the new trends in office design.

Office design looks to create an environment where employees are supported and considered. No longer are the right tech tools the major factor in making employees more productive. It now takes a combination of caring for the health and wellbeing of the employees with tech to bring about the type of productivity needed in businesses across the board.

In this article, we’ll review the innovative trends offices are taking to create an inspiring, healthy environment for everyone in the office.

Macro Design Trends

1). Dynamic Flexibility: back in the day, workspaces were functional and drab. Every aspect of the office was geared toward functionality and productivity. Today’s trends take a completely new tack in office design. While design elements, office furniture and equipment are still functional, they’re now made to be more flexible. The trend is toward dynamic spaces that are multi-purpose to meet the needs of employees.

Dynamic flexibility makes use of lightweight, ergonomic, moveable, multi-functional elements. Not only are these elements perfect for open space offices, they’re adaptable for almost any type of space. The aim of this design trend is to get the most value out of any type of workspace.

With this in mind, meeting rooms are not only meeting rooms. They can also be transformed into a studio for creating audio, or a quiet zone where employees can relax. To achieve these changes, dynamic design makes use of moveable walls and furniture, adjustable lighting and more.

2). Wood: sustainability and being eco-friendly are also popular trends for 2020. Metal, concrete, drywall were materials used in traditional offices. The atmosphere they created felt drab, with no sign of natural design elements. This is changing, with natural elements coming to the fore in office design trends. While the use of wood was once seen as expensive, extravagant and a waste of nature, it’s now making a comeback. The wood now used in office design comes from sustainable sources.

Wood is being used in everything from walls, floors, aesthetic elements and more. It adds the natural touch that we crave. Wood creates a warmer ambience, creating a welcoming environment where employees feel more comfortable.

Motifs can be rustic, though modern and even futuristic are also popular. Wood is also being used to create moss walls, used in combination with glass for stunning effects, and even more. Here, think of wooden tree stumps used as a side or coffee table in a grouping where staff can sit and easily collaborate. Plus, in the effort to use sustainable sources, reclaimed wood is also becoming a popular option for use as design elements in office spaces.

3). Inviting spaces: this is a design trend focused on elements that enable employees to work together more effectively. More businesses are increasingly making room for spaces that foster community. These comfortable areas make use of fireplaces, kitchens, comfortable furniture, fitness areas and more.

Not only do these elements boost wellbeing and morale, they also work to improve collaborative relationships and communication. Towards this goal, workspaces will continue to become more inviting and inspiring, laying the groundwork for better employee relationships and increased productivity.

4). Sustainable design: how is it possible to create an environment that includes sustainable elements?  Businesses are increasing their efforts to use reclaimed wood and other materials to use in workspaces. This is only one part of the new sustainability elements of office design.

As companies of all sizes embrace the eco-friendly and sustainability movements, they’re are focusing on environmental conservation, green building materials and more. Designers use sustainable elements to design office spaces that are more harmonious, bringing together natural elements with traditional construction materials. 

Micro Design Trends

1). Monochromatic design elements: monochromatic means one color; designers are taking this concept into the workspace. In the past, monochromatic was seen as boring and functional. There was no beauty or inspiration to be found. However, use of monochromatic colors is taking a new, inspiring direction.

Using only one color can be boring, but when one color is combined with various shades and tones of itself, the vibrancy begins. The effect is uniformity but done in such a way as to create unique spaces filled with life. In fact, designers rely on monochromatic design to increase both creativity and productivity in today’s workspaces. Plus, the effect is one that is more harmonious, and quietly alive.

Shades and tones of the main color may be used as accents around the office space. These may be included in photos and other types of wall art. They can also be included in throw pillows on the couch, or in vases and other room accessories to create an amazing work area, which is soothing, yet alive.

2). Ceiling hanging gardens: designers are increasingly finding creative ways to bring the natural world into the office. Plants do more than just beautify an area, they can also work to keep the air clean and add that needed touch of life in what would otherwise be a sterile place.

With floor space at a premium in many offices, designers have started to use the ceiling to create amazing hanging gardens. If you think about it for a minute, what a thrill it would be to see a waterfall of greenery coming from the ceiling! Hanging ceiling gardens can be made into many different configurations and use many types of plants. These create a vital touch of life in a space that would otherwise remain blank and useless.

3). Modern modular: the open office will continue with us for some time because it works. However, companies have sought out methods to give their employees the privacy they need. This is where modular design comes into play.

Modular design combines with the dynamic spaces trend, where they come together in the form of dynamic workstations (desks and other workspace that can be transformed for another use), pods and personal spaces (something like a cubicle, but better). Everything is functional, but attractive to help employees be active, creative and productive.

4). Comfortable workspaces: this design trend brings in the homey touches that employees love. This may include the use of an area rug in a quiet zone or collaboration area. Designers may bring in throw pillows, flowers, along with baskets made of natural materials. These are the touches of home that create a more welcoming, soothing atmosphere where employees can feel more comfortable as they work.

Summing it up

We’ve taken a look at both the macro and micro office design trends for 2020. These trends will continue to grow in importance, as businesses around the world understand and embrace the fact that employees need to be cared for. Employees thrive in an environment where functionality gives over to multi-functional, welcoming, comfortable workspaces. This contributes to their wellbeing, making them more productive and creative in the long run.