Make office spaces work with colours and textures
The well-considered use of textures and colours can make or break an office atmosphere. In fact, even though design is known to stimulate productivity and creativity in the workplace, plenty of offices remain dull and grey. We want to see that change.
Brighten the workspace with a touch of colour
Colour is a visual stimulus with subconscious effects on our brains and the way we work. Therefore, carefully integrating the right colours into your workspace design can encourage employees as well as elevate their spirits and emotions. The positive impact can even go so far as to improve overall attitude and outlook on life.
So, office flooring design isn’t just fun; it can also be put to practical use. By determining the office colour scheme carefully, it’s possible to create an ambience within the workplace that keeps employees stimulated and motivated, but also relaxed and calm. The result? Higher productivity and a happy office atmosphere! Here are some of the basics to play around with in office flooring solutions:
- Brighter colours, such as reds and oranges, help incorporate dynamism into the office that will raise the overall energy of the team.
- Cooler tones such as blues and greens on the other hand, are recognised as relaxing colours that will help keep employees composed.
- Finally, yellow is an optimistic colour that can help stimulate creativity.
Texture: the missing piece of the design puzzleThe role of texture in interior design is often overlooked. However, putting texture to good use has the power to transform the entire look and feel of an office. The way a wall or floor feels impacts how employees experience the room just as much as the way those same elements look. And it’s not just about touch, but about the perception of touch as well. Even though you’re not physically touching anything, you can still imagine how a particular type of fabric or texture would feel by looking at it.
“Putting texture to good use has the power to transform
the entire look and feel of an office.”
Do you want to experiment with different textures in an office environment? Here are some of our tips:
- To maximise the effects of textures, you can play around with them in a monochromatic environment. Using contrasting or even luxurious textures allows you to bring a single colour to life and create a harmonious workspace. After all, just because you’re working with one colour doesn’t mean it should feel boring, right?
- In multicoloured offices, texture is a great way to clearly distinguish between rooms or designated spaces. One way of introducing this is via differently textured flooring solutions, such as two types of textured carpet tiles or carpet tiles and LVT. The result is a fun and flowing room with clearly defined subspaces that each have their own purpose.
The IVC example: Saongroup
A great example of inspiring workplace ambiance is the Dublin office of HR company Saongroup. The installation saw over 1,000m² of IVC floors - both carpet tiles and LVT - used throughtout working zones and common areas, using bold patterns and textures to separate areas.
Specified by the talented Dublin-based interior design firm Think Contemporary, the flooring scheme builds on a base of Shared Path carpet tiles from the Art Style collection. On this textured grey canvas, Colorbeat and Street Thread carpet tiles add a touch of colour. Meanwhile, the kitchen area is defined by the use of Moduleo 55 Wood LVT flooring.