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In today's business world, office interior design of a business is just as important as the products or services that are being offered. Office design can affect productivity and creativity. There are a few key elements to consider when designing a commercial workplace or home office space. First, the layout should be functional and efficient. The space should be designed for teamwork and collaboration. Second, the office should be comfortable and inviting. Employees should feel like they can relax and take a break when needed. Finally, an office should be aesthetically appealing. A nice and clean office will help to inspire employees to work smarter, harder or faster depending on what your goal is.

Below we look at office design ideas that will inspire you and help you to create an awesome workplace for your business and help you push on towards success.

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Office interior design inspiration - sometimes you need it, sometimes you get it

Be green by adding green

There are many reasons why you should add plants and greenery to your office interior design. Not only do they make a work space more visually appealing, but they can also improve air quality, provide a calming effect, and help boost productivity.

Plants are natural air purifiers, removing toxins from the air and releasing oxygen. This is especially important in an office setting, where employees may be susceptible to respiratory problems caused by polluted air. Adding plants to your office decor can help improve air quality and reduce the number of sick days taken by employees.

In addition to their benefits for air quality, plants can also have a calming effect on people. A study by the University of Utah found that workers in a green-plant-filled office reported lower levels of stress and anxiety than those in an office with no plants.

How do you go about it? Buy or hire as many office plants or as much greenery as your space allows. Another great idea is a plant wall or green walls. Not only do they look fantastic and provide the benefits above, they also provide noise absorption which can be handy for more open plan offices.

Office interior with green walls and green planters around the sides of a central void
Green walls, green planters, green with envy?

Use large spaces where you can

In today’s world, there is an increased focus on productivity and maximizing efficiency. Different office layouts can help to achieve this goal, and one popular option is to have large spaces. There are several reasons why this is a good idea.

To start with, large spaces can promote creativity and collaboration. When people are spread out, they have more room to move around and think creatively. Additionally, if they need to collaborate with someone else, it is easier to do so in a large space. This type of layout also helps to minimize distractions, which can be a major issue in smaller offices.

Another benefit of having large spaces is that they can create a sense of openness and professionalism. When employees feel cramped or uncomfortable, it can be difficult for them to focus on their work. By contrast, having ample space can make people feel more relaxed and focused.

Use colour for effect

When it comes to office interior design, colour can be used in a variety of ways to achieve different effects. Here are a few tips for using colour to create a productive and visually pleasing office environment:

1. Use bright colours to create a positive and energetic atmosphere.

2. Use muted colours to create a calming and relaxing atmosphere.

3. Use neutral colours to create a professional and timeless look.

4. Experiment with different combinations of colours to find the right mix for your office.

5. Pay attention to the amount of light in the office, as too much or too little light can affect how colours are perceived.

6. Use complementary colours to create visual interest and add depth to the space.

7. Be mindful of how people’s individual preferences can affect the use of colour in an office design scheme.

Modern industrial style office with plenty of space and height
Large spaces used for best effect with workspace zones

Let there be light!

It has been found that natural light is one of the most important aspects of good office interior design. In fact, studies have shown that employees who have access to natural light are more productive and happier than those who do not. There are several reasons for this.

First, natural light helps to regulate our circadian rhythm, which controls our sleep-wake cycle. When we are exposed to natural light during the day, it helps to keep us awake and alert. This is especially important in offices, where employees often work long hours.

Second, natural light helps to improve our moods. It has been shown that exposure to natural light can help to reduce stress levels and increase productivity.

Third, exposure to natural light is good for our eyesight. It can help to reduce eye fatigue and improve eye health.

So how do you go about it? Find office space with big windows, preferably unshaded and oriented to the best light perspective (in Australia that's north facing). Use glass as a partition or wall material if you have closed rooms near windows so the light flows through unobstrcuted. Consider placing offices and meeting rooms away from windows so staff workstations get the most benefit from natural light.

Modern industrial style office with natural light from large windows
Natural light is a natural winner for any office space

Create zones and functional spaces

Creating zones and separate functional spaces is important in office interior design because it can help to improve productivity and creativity. By having specific areas for different tasks, employees can better focus on their work. This also helps to create a more organized and efficient workspace. Additionally, having a well-designed office space can make employees feel more comfortable and productive, which can lead to a better work environment overall.

Manage noise

Office noise can be a major distraction and cause fatigue, especially in open floor plans. Here are some ways to reduce noise in your office interior design:

1. Use carpeting and acoustic panels to absorb sound.

2. Place desk dividers with noise absorbent materials between workstations to minimize the spread of noise.

3. Install ceiling tiles or baffles to direct sound up and away from workers.

4. Use furniture with soft surfaces to reduce reverberation.

5. Make sure everyone in the office is aware of the guidelines for reducing noise levels.

6. Encourage employees to wear headphones when they need to focus on a task.

7. Plan for regular breaks so people can move around and chatter away without disturbing others.

8. Provide an area where employees can take a break, such as a break room, to ensure they are not sitting in silence.

Office area with lounge chairs in front of a green wall
Flexible work areas allow for people to work differently

Flexible ways of working

When it comes to office interior design, one of the most important considerations is how to provide staff with flexible ways of working. This is important because it helps promote creativity and collaboration, which are essential for a productive office environment. There are many different ways to provide staff with flexible ways of working, but some of the most popular include using open spaces, movable furniture, and break-out areas.

Open spaces are popular because they encourage collaboration and creativity. Movable furniture is also popular because it allows staff to work in a variety of different ways. And break-out areas are popular because they offer a place for staff to take a break from their work and relax.

Ultimately, providing staff with flexible ways of working is an important aspect of office interior design because it helps promote productivity and creativity.

In conclusion, office interior design can play a large role in the productivity and happiness of employees. By following the simple tips above, you can create an office space that is both stylish and functional.

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Julie Evans Design is a Newcastle based interior design studio and creator of beautiful spaces. We service the New South Wales areas of Newcastle, the Hunter Valley, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens. Our goal is to make the potential of your space come to life, so much that it makes your heart sing when you're in it. Check out my interior design services, learn more about me or contact me to have a discussion about your office space and your needs.

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