What Office Design Can Learn From The Home

For many of us, the office is where we spend most our week. A home from home where, as well as working, we eat, drink, chat with friends, catch up on the news and even fit in a bit of online shopping.

It’s little wonder then that many companies are now taking inspiration from home interiors when it comes to designing their office spaces. There’s more to it than a coat of paint and the odd pot plant though. By creating a more pleasant work environment, studies have shown that employees are happier, healthier and more productive. It’s also easier to attract and retain the best talent, which can help boost the bottom line.

So what can we learn from our homes? It’s little wonder then that many companies are now taking inspiration from home interiors when it comes to designing their office spaces. There’s more to it than a coat of paint and the odd pot plant though. By creating a more pleasant work

Along with fridges, microwaves and seating areas, many companies are now laying on everything from fruit baskets and breakfast cereals to pastries and upmarket coffee. As well as rewarding the early risers, this also draws people to the kitchen to build social bonds and collaborate in a more relaxed setting.

SET THE TONE

Just as in the home, each area needs fixtures, fittings and furniture, while colours and textures help create the right mood. Cosy, cushion-covered sofas are great for informal one-to-ones, but might prove a little too comfy and soporific for long, group sessions. A sleek breakfast bar with high stools can work well for team meetings but someone in search of silence and focus might prefer a more practical work pod with an ergonomic seat and a desk. By mixing and matching colours, textures and styles, staff can instinctively realise what each unique space is designed to do.