Patterns and textures can play an important role in bringing an office to life. In this blog post, we share our tips for introducing pattern and texture into your office.
The popularity of patterns and textures in office design has grown over the years. In previous decades, offices were designed purely for functionality with little thought given to how design could enhance the employee experience. But now, as we learn more about the importance of office design and fitout, patterns are textures are being used more and more.
Pattern and textures can create an environment that is visually appealing, welcoming and dynamic. They are also great way to showcase and enhance the unique brand and culture of an organisation. Another great thing about patterns and textures is that they can be a relatively cost-effective way of updating your office. Textures also have the added benefit of helping to manage office acoustics. You can create an additional layer of sound control on a budget with plush rugs, fluffy cushions and soft seating.
Working with patterns and textures can be tricky. It’s hard to know what works well together and what clashes – but don’t be put off. You can bring more pattern and texture into your office by following these useful principles to get you started:
Most importantly, any pattern or texture additions should stay true to your brand and culture. It doesn’t matter how carefully planned an office design is – if it doesn’t represent your business it just won’t work.
Pattern and texture look set to be huge for office design in 2023 and beyond. Here are just some of the ways you can get ahead of the trend:
Oversized is in – both in fashion and in interiors! Large-scale murals, for example, are a fantastic way to inject colour and personality into your office. This design and fitout project we delivered for One Manchester has a stunning hand-drawn mural by a local artist covering many of the walls. The mural compliments the company’s recent rebrand and demonstrates just how important the city of Manchester is to the organisation.
Big, bold typography is another great way to add visual interest without a huge commitment. Peel-and-stick options are cost-effective and allow you to experiment as they can be relatively easily removed. Typography also has the added benefit being great for wayfinding!
Another trend that isn’t going anywhere is the use of natural textures such as wood and stone. Introducing wood panelling or stripping walls back to expose brickwork, for example, can help to create a warm, rustic aesthetic.
Biophilic design is another great way to add texture. Install living walls and introduce plants and other greenery to transform your office space into a wellbeing haven. Don’t forget about your textiles too. Linen, cotton and bamboo fabrics can bring an office to life and make the space feel closer to nature.
Retro is back. Geometric patterns such as triangles, chevrons and herringbone are huge in interior design right now. These patterns are incredibly versatile and can be used pretty much anywhere – from walls, to floors, to furniture.
Abstract shapes and floral patterns are also making a comeback. They can be used to add a sense of movement and depth in a space. The trick with any bold pattern is to use it strategically so as not to overwhelm. Contain your pattern in one area with a feature wall or introduce decorative cushions for a subtle pop.
If you’re still not sure if pattern and texture is right for your office, an experienced office design and fitout company or interior designer will be able to advise. Take a look at our recent projects for inspiration and start to get a feel for what you’re drawn to – then get in touch for an informal chat about how we can help.