Long gone are the days when commercial spaces were expected to drab, basic, and generic. Today’s commercial interiors are meant to be comfortable, inviting, and even inspiring environments. Part of the way to create such spaces is to incorporate interior design trends into your plans as you rethink your indoor work and business areas.
1. Color and Texture
The right colors in commercial spaces can set an appropriate tone. For instance, waiting areas tend to become more relaxing places with calming tones like shades of green and taupe. Hues such as warm apricot, gray, and purple are more inviting than basic white. Botanical yellow, on the other hand, can suggest sustainability and enhance natural lighting. Geometric patterns are also showing up more.
2. Creative Lighting Solutions
Because more work spaces are open design, lighting needs to be more adaptive and less “in your face” or distracting. Sculptural forms and individual fixtures are replacing standard overhead lighting. Such selections produce less glare while still providing access to appropriate indoor illumination. LED lighting, in particular, can produce similar effects while also providing much-appreciated energy efficiency.
3. Cozy, Retro Furniture Selections
When seating areas are needed in commercial spaces, it doesn’t just have to be a few rows of chairs and maybe a table or two. Areas where people will be waiting or sitting to talk business can become cozy with the right furniture selections. This means sofas and even large sectionals and odd-shaped chairs can be effectively worked into places where people will be sitting. In some commercial spaces, there has been a resurgence of postmodern furniture from decades past.
4. Recycled Materials Repurposed
One of the more interesting trends in commercial interior design is the growing use or recycled products in various design elements. Recycled plastics, for example, can be reused for work tables. Similar materials can be used again for tiles and panels or as art pieces. The recycling concept can be applied to various woods and metals. There’s one restaurant that used recycled water bottles for pendant lighting, so the possibilities are nearly limitless.
These are just some of the concepts already being embraced by many commercial interior designers. While trends like the ones mentioned here are worth considering, ultimately you want commercial spaces that are going to be both functional and welcoming. Fortunately, there are many cost-effective ways to get these results.