Office Design Trends: Bringing the Outdoors In

Chris Grenville
5th May 2017

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When considering UK office design, there has been a growing trend over the past few years that is going from strength to strength: the use of the outdoors within the office. There have been many studies over the years which have identified a link between employee’s productivity rates and their contact with natural elements within their working environment.

The good news is that this is a simple trend to incorporate into the workplace. Let us take you through 5 quick and easy ways in which you can bring the outside in to the office.

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There is so much versatility available in this area as patterns can be as bold or as subtle as you wish, and as bright or as understated as suits your workplace.

Reclaimed Wood

Using reclaimed wood for furniture such as desks, tables and cabinets are all ways to incorporate it into the office. Not quite what you’re looking for? Then perhaps a reclaimed wooden wall installation would better match your office style. Alternately, using it for artwork on display is an easy and effortless way to give a nod to this trend.

Exposed Concrete Flooring

Polished concrete is a flooring option in UK office design which is growing in popularity, as not only can it have a beautiful finish but it is also a durable surface which is easy to keep clean. It can even be customised with text and images such as those used in company logos. Concrete flooring is a practical way to bring the outdoors into the office.

Flora and Fauna in Fabrics

Fabrics are an effortless way to bring a trend into the workplace and nature is easy to represent with flora and fauna prints. There is so much versatility available in this area as patterns can be as bold or as subtle as you wish, and as bright or as understated as suits your workplace. Used for blinds or upholstery, this is a wonderful way to introduce a little nature into the office.

Natural Scene Artwork

However, if wood on the walls, concrete on the floor, and fauna on your sofa are a step to far for your office design, then think instead about what you put on the walls. Artwork – be it original or prints – are an easy way to bring the outdoors inside.

Use of Plants

Finally, we have the easiest way to bring the outdoors into the office and that is by using plants. The most effective way to brighten any working environment; living plants are proven to be the best way to enhance productivity. This is particularly true if workers can see one from their desk or working space.

Whichever way you choose to bring the outdoors into the office, this trend gives a natural and comfortable feel to any working environment. Not only does it bring a bright and natural feel to the office but it can also help to increase memory, enhance productivity and overall makes for a happier workplace.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s maybe time to add a little of the outdoors to your office.