As modern offices promote more remote work, businesses that take these extra steps to cater to their employees gain the upper hand. Creating a new atmosphere for a business is as important as designing the brand itself. In today’s business world, a good office design is crucial for the employees of the company as well as for the clients or clients who may visit there on a daily basis. Not only does the average employee spend more time in the workplace than at home, the office environment also helps set the tone that could ultimately lead to a business’s failure or success. Below is an inside look into how interior design can help in providing a comfortable workplace. Here are some of the office interior design ideas . 

1) Industrial Office Design

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Lumière Cinema in Maastricht_© Kleon3. (2017). Lumière Cinema in Maastricht. [Photograph]
The concept of clearly unfinished wooden furniture, brick walls that exude a very raw appeal, large open spaces mostly uncovered, and hardly any large furniture. It’s designed for clients how off-the-cuff they are compared to their competitors.

2) Open Floor Plan | Office Interior Design Ideas

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©The advantages and disadvantages of the open plan office (2019) Design Nation.

The open office breaks down both literal and figurative barriers. Creating more views in multiple spaces encourages collaboration, allows for easier floor plan changes if necessary, and costs less to design because fewer dividing walls need to be built. The open layout combined with a friendly company culture facilitates communication within the office to ensure your employees feel comfortable communicating with each other.

3) Eye-Catching Office Entrance

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The entrance should evoke an atmosphere of welcome, invitation and calm. Light is also the basis for the success of the entry space.

While layout of entrance may seem like a more subtle aspect of design, the placement of elements creates meaning through hierarchy, emphasis, and size.

4) Color Psychology

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Changes in the office environment can free employees from work stress and have a new perspective on the job at hand. Changing the colour of the wall paint can help in achieving it. This change helps separate the space from the rest of the office and creates a unique space for employees to feel like they are escaping stress without ever leaving the office.

5) Glass Doors and Walls | Office Interior Design Ideas

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The use of glass for interior office doors and partitions ensures a bold and unique interior design, while also offering a refreshing change of style compared to traditional walls and barriers.

Not only do glass partitions make a space look fancy, but they make physical barriers less restrictive and more transparent. An additional advantage of glass walls separating the two parts of the space is the sound-insulating structure of the glass.

6) Local Style Creates a Sense of Place in the Office

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Studio Lotus designs luxury hotel interiors in Indian Himalayas using traditional materials and references (2020) De51gn.

The way the community respects history and builds there’s a lot of variation on it. In some communities it may involve preserved intact historic districts very little; elsewhere the original building still exists, it may need to keep those remaining structures and filling gaps with new buildings to copy or echo the original architecture.

Incorporate tributes to local landmarks in the design and source local materials.

7) Touches of Home

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Feeling at home can help everyone relax and work in peace with less stress. Comfortable seating around the table makes brainstorming new ideas with colleagues more fun and inviting. Elements like wood panelling, stone trim, fireplaces, and more on the walls and ceiling are both charming and peaceful.

8) Multifunctional Space

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© Eicher, J. (2019) Shifts in workplace design, Portella. Portella Custom Steel Doors and Windows.

The ability to transform a place from a focused work area to a collaborative area helps employees protect their privacy and get work done without distraction. An area can be used as a space for two colleagues to work together comfortably, as a spiritual retreat, as a place to hold small informal departmental meetings, with just a few seats or sofas around the table with some privacy, such as a rug that defines a space, or a divider like a green wall between it and the next space.

9) Integrate Modern Furniture

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© Use office color psychology to inspire employees (2021) Modern Office Furniture. StrongProject.

In the modern workplace environment, furniture plays an important role in the ambience of the workplace, providing a safe and relaxing atmosphere and a feeling of comfort for all occupants of the office. The importance of office furniture goes beyond comfort. The role of furniture in worker productivity and the efficient functioning of the workplace is broader than we think. Lightweight seating in the lounge area will make the space easily accessible to everyone. 

10) Creative Dividers | Office Interior Design Ideas

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©Office partitions – how to create privacy in an open office space (2020) 2020. 2020 Spaces.

Another innovative solution for offices that want to maintain an open-plan look and feel is portable partitions. You can quickly and easily set up and store these dividers as needed. Combine them with soundproof panelling and you’ll be ready for confidential meetings in no time.

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Akshita Gahlaut is an architect based in Delhi who strongly believes in the ability of the architecture and research combined with design thinking. She is an avid learner who has a penchant for understanding different fields within the architecture and aspires to promote sustainable development.