A design trend becoming increasingly popular this past year is home elements within a workplace. Why is that so? These home elements contribute to a person’s overall comfort, productivity, and wellbeing. Keep in mind that the more you feel ‘at home’ , the more open to inspiration you will become. Incorporating these elements need not be a daunting task and here's how:
No one would recommend sitting on a sofa, stool, or lounge chair for an entire workday yet the relaxed postures these types of seating allow can provide a necessary change of pace. Employees who have become accustomed to using a comfortable chair or sofa at home can have the same options back at the office. Besides the soft comfy furnishing, choosing a round table over a square one, for instance, can allow better flow of communication across the room and foster healthy interaction among employees - much like round dining tables that benefit family time at home.
The type of lighting you pick can determine the ambience of your workspace. Consider the choice of colour temperature of your light. A relaxing and down-to-earth vibe can be created with warm lighting along with a splash of thematic elements to pull off the right look. For example, the lights we incorporated in this space immediately gives off a “birds flocking in unison” vibe portraying the idea of teamwork for the employees!
A breakout area is a space where people can freely mingle, socialise, and ideate. Commonly seen in start ups or creative workspaces, the breakout area has become a norm in recent years with companies praising the benefits that it brings such as encouraging a relaxing environment, developing closer collaboration and enhancing employee's experience at work. With a breakout area, employees can mingle and let loose which certainly breaks the monotony of work and makes it feel more like home.
Nothing says home kitchen like a well stocked pantry with cabinets filled with dry goods, snacks, and pastries combined with the convenience of a multitude of kitchen appliances such as a coffee machine, water dispenser, and microwave to recreate that home kitchen vibe. A common sight in workspaces, the pantry can be so much more than just a place to store food. Adding a long table, a pantry can be a place for employees from various teams and departments to bond with each other over a heartwarming meal.
All in all, there are many elements that go into crafting a workspace that feels like home. From selecting the right furniture down to the food stocked in the pantry. With so many aspects to consider, reach out to our team of experts who will walk you through from A to Z about how to make your workspace a home away from home when you email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We clock in an average of 45 hours per week at work making the office a space we spend a sizeable portion of our lives at. Being able to have a safe space for one to retreat to makes all the difference in our experience of and at work. Here's our advice on how to establish comfortable areas that support your and your teams' days at work.