Interior design trend predictions for summer 2019Published 30.05.19
Whilst some interior trends are in and out within a year, others remain within the design industry for a long period of time. So far, 2019 has continued to see an influx of nature inspired design; from indoor plants to natural lighting, biophilia has really gained recognition thanks to its positive effects on employee productivity and happiness.
The 21st century has seen a huge shift in office design, with much more focus being placed on aesthetics and functionality than in the previous decade. With office design evolving faster than ever, what can we expect to see as we edge further into the year?
As humans, our connection with nature is undeniable, with an increased exposure to natural elements being highly beneficial to our physical and mental health. Biophilic design has seen a huge increase in 2019, with many employers opting for indoor plants, large windows, recycled materials and wooden textures to stimulate the senses and improve air quality. This is only expected to increase throughout the year, and is not only great for human health, happiness and productivity levels, but also fits perfectly in-line with the increased awareness of living a more sustainable lifestyle.
Scandinavian inspired design
Scandi-inspired design isn’t expected to shift any time soon. The streamlined nature of its aesthetics seem to be extremely satisfying to us, with clean lines, geometric patterns and minimalism helping to create a calm, relaxing space that clears the mind. Neutral colours are at the core of Scandi design, which is ideal for the workplace – as employers can easily incorporate their brand colours. Scandinavian design is loved by many in the UK for its ability to both incorporate natural, organic elements and create a stress-free environment, whilst still allowing the designer to add character and personality.
As we edge further into the 21st century, offices are becoming increasingly more like a home environment. Coffee and tea points are evolving into on-site bars and cafes, with many workplaces incorporating spaces for relaxation and games. As we approach the half-way point of 2019, many workplaces are expected to design spaces for meditation, yoga, massage therapy and even virtual reality gaming spaces. The workspace is now designed to inspire creativity and innovation, with a view to instil happiness and productivity through designs that resemble the home.
Sustainability is the way forward, both inside and outside the office. Provenance has become something of a trend in itself, with consumers being drawn towards products that have been locally sourced. In the workplace, many employers are sourcing materials from local businesses as part of their office design – from indoor plants to locally made ceramics and artwork.
It seems that employers are edging away from synthetic, artificial materials for their workplace design, and instead making the most of their natural surroundings whilst focusing on employee wellbeing. This is a highly positive move in the world of business, and can only be great news for the future of our planet.
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