10 ways to improve your office interior design for 2020
After recovering from the January Blues and reportedly the most ‘depressing day of the year’ January 20th the so-called Blue Monday here are a few trends that Select Interiors Ltd believes will enhance your working environment should you wish to spruce up your workspace.
1. GRAFFITI IN THE MIX
The trend takes its cue from brutalism, the urban cityscape & from groundbreaking art as the cover image above by the late Jean Baptiste Basquiat. The trend is being used on furniture and walls to give an urban edge of cool to the workspace. Feature walls & furniture can be sprayed with brightly coloured freehand tags and marking reminiscent of city graffiti to evoke street culture and cool.
Fashion designer Virgil Abloh has created graffiti-covered furniture and displayed it in a Paris gallery commented about the collection as a “reflection of our generation”, the designs have been spray-painted with the designer’s brightly coloured free-hand markings
These images are by and of the most well-known proponent of ‘graffiti’ as art, the late Jean Baptiste Basquiat. His paintings are worth millions, painter & graffiti artist and best known for his primitive style and collaborating with pop artist Andy Warhol. You may not have the budget to buy one of his masterpieces, but you can have a bespoke design in your office incorporating your corporate colours for as little as £1,000.00, contact the select design team for a quote & design proposal email@example.com
The sofa in a Reception for a social media & IT company that combines the trend for burnt Orange & velvet plus the ‘home In the office’
Velvet may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s touchy-feely deep feel of luxury is on trend again. It’s the perfect blend of luxury, comfort & tactility. When most people think of velvet, they’re often thinking about the old red velvet upholstery of Granny’s settee. Interior design firms are specifying tactile velvets as a preferred design option, particularly for chairs & sofas. The colour options are myriad, vibrant Blues, Pinks, with burnt Orange being the top tip for staying ahead of the crowd. We at Select are glad velvet is back as we never really went off the luxury, comfort, shadowy depths caused by pile direction and the comfort!See scheme left for Lucid Group that combines the trend for Velvet, Biophilia and strong Geometric splashbacks
Timber herringbone floor in CBRE offices in London, beautiful, visually stimulating, warm, inviting movement & paired with another of our top 10 trend tips ‘home in the office’ trend
Herringbone LVT, carpet tiles and timber have been on an upward trend for years now, so much so that you can find this geometric patterned anything, anywhere. The only problem with geometric patterns being so popular is that it’s on everything–cups, notebooks, wallpaper, couches, bedding, art, floors & light fixtures. It’s so easy to overdo it, but don’t expect this fad to fade away anytime soon. That’s why 2020 is all about geometric balance. You can still make a statement with bold and vibrant, warm inviting herringbone flooring. Stick with more classic plain velvet or plain wool mix for chairs and upholstery.
See scheme above by Select Interiors Ltd utilising herringbone carpet tiles to good effect with 3 other design trends – lighting and partitions tracks in Black, planting scheme (Biophilic Design) and bespoke raw metal shelving
5. CRITTALL CELL SCREENS & PARTITIONS
Crittall style glazing & doors were originally designed & developed in 1884 by Essex ironmonger Francis Henry Crittall, they were first manufactured in the UK in 1889. The term is often used in a general way to refer to black steel-framed windows & screens/partitions and are oh so cool for 2020. The slimline Black section are elegant and add a stylish airy feel to any office, though more costly than standard seamless toughened glass they are infinitely more stylish and are you not worth it?
A recent installation of bespoke crittall style partitions with double sliding doors for Architects Levitt Bernstein in Allied London’s ultra-hip Bonded Warehouse development in St Johns Manchester by Select Interiors Ltd (bottom right).
7. TRACK & INDUSTRIAL LIGHTING
Yes, Cat II luminaires are designed for office use but they are pedestrian compared to vintage or replica industrial units as illustrated below. Not all of you will have the luxury of high ceilings, however, you can still introduce track lighting preferably in Black to give flexibility, mood and as accent lighting if fitted with dimmer switches.
See example, right, Black industrial light fittings and Black tubular pendants in the Boardroom, designed by crack Architects Levitt Bernstein and fitted out by Select Interiors in the uber cool Bonded Warehouse by Allied London
See mood board designs for Wellness Trading using soft Pinks and textured Grey soft fabrics
Interior design firms are pushing feminine tones straight through 2019 and into 2020 with variations of soft earthy colours. These tones are all about varying shades of pink, but they’re more subtle. Blush, millennial Pink, Bronze, Taupe, and peacock Blue as contrast work together and paired with Grey is a classic combination
9. BOTANICAL PATTERNS
Floral & botanical fabrics and wallpaper are another retro turned-contemporary trend to look for in 2020. Floral wallpapers & fabrics have been around for centuries. The latest are large format to make a ‘statement’. Interior furnishings incorporate floral patterns of different sizes and colour patterns with a strong emphasis for larger scale botanical patterns as feature walls and backdrops. There is a strong attraction to vibrant colours like Greens, Mustard, hints of Pink and contrasting darker colours that will make your walls distinctive & to pop with colour.
See example, bottom right, where botanical curtains have been used in a scheme for Gourmet Coffee Co. The space can be quickly divided with curtains that provide flexibility, beauty and acoustic baffles for the Co-worker space and coffee shop
Using the trends
We at Select Interiors Manchester know it makes sense to create office environments that not only make the most efficient use of space but that incorporate a sense of fun and unique bespoke elements to every scheme
Talk to the experts about how an engaging fit out can improve productivity and well-being to help attract & retain motivated staff call the Select Interiors design team on 0161 445 4040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We at Select Interiors Manchester Makers & Creators of unique interiors at competitive prices. We design and create environments that not only make the most efficient use of space but that incorporate a sense of fun and unique, bespoke elements to every scheme<
Talk to the experts about how we can improve your office, restaurant, cafe or retail space, call the Select Interiors design team on 0161 445 4040.