Textiles, colour and materials play a fundamental role in the office and should always be taken into consideration when designing a workspace. We know that texture and colour stimulate the senses and have an effect on humans and their behaviour. However, if you look at many office environments most of them are conspicuously devoid of colour and texture.
We have emerged ourselves in the world of colour and texture to create a list of tips that help create a beautiful and meaningful workspace that keeps people engaged, inspired and refreshed.
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Our senses of sight and touch enrichen our experience. Dark and light, warm and cool or soft and plush fabrics against rough textured wood or stone: The mix or contrast of materials creates energy and interest in the workplace.
People spend more time at work (and at home) interacting with technology. By looking at the natural world for colours, textures and materials we can create a contrast to the flat and smooth surfaces of screens and devices. Interior materials and finishes and especially fabrics can bring a sense of nature, warmth and comfort into a building or office environment.
Textiles play an important role in acoustic treatments that help to balance quiet/private and public areas in an open office environment. Clever use of textile in various ways, in addition to carpet and upholstery, helps to absorb sound in the workplace.
Colour has long been proven to affect people’s mood. Used the right way, colour can contribute to happiness and stimulation of the workforce and therefore it can even increase productivity. Colours can be used to brand the interiors and convey the company’s ethos as well as organise buildings, departments and work areas to distinguish different kinds of use and activities. Of course, people interpret colour individually based on their culture and life experiences, so there are no hard and fast rules. If the workforce likes the way the office looks the choice of colour is probably spot on.