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Exploring the Hottest Office Design Trends of 2018

Modern office spaces have greatly changed over the years, featuring designs and styles more inspiring than ever. Each year brings new and exciting design trends to the work environment with the aim of boosting the workplace efficiency and meeting the needs of a business. Dynamic office trends of 2018 will bring happiness, wellness and productivity to the modern office, contributing to the well-being and prosperity of both employees and businesses.

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Biophilic design

Accentuating human connection with nature, biophilic spaces aim to include the natural world into their design. These nature-inspired offices are more than just eco-friendly spaces dotted with greenery. The biophilic design actually uses nature as its framework for the use of different, nature-inspired patterns, textures, plants and natural lighting. While this inspiring design was once nothing more than a concept, now, it’s becoming more and more popular, especially in urban centres and tech hubs.

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Atypical work environment

Since millennials have become the dominant workforce in the business world, they are the ones who dictate the terms and shape the designs of modern offices. And what the millennial generation is looking for is an unconventional work environment. From open-floor plans to co-working spaces and relaxation areas, millennial-inspired offices are fun, exciting, motivating and comfortable, contributing to the general efficiency of their occupants. Owing to millennials, the modern office has become more stimulating, creative and cosy, featuring unusual work areas, comfortable and laid-back lounge rooms and intricate, atypical designs. Such an unorthodox work environment supports dynamics, creativity and a unique culture in the workplace.

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Home-inspired comforts

While some bring work home, others prefer bringing a piece of home to work. Instead of having a stiff, formal design, modern office spaces have a homey atmosphere that contributes to the comfort of employees. Not only do they feel more relaxed at work, but they actually don’t mind staying a few hours longer because their office is their second home. Nowadays, for example, offices in Australia feature playful and home-inspired designs, with comfy furniture like lounge suites in Sydney, cosy fireplaces, exciting bars and kitchens, and even refreshing showers. More and more employees prefer going to the office to working from home because they are more productive while still enjoying homey comforts.

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Style and functionality

Office designs for 2018 are nothing if not chic, bringing concrete as their most popular material option. Soft grey hues of concrete are harmoniously combined with refreshing pops of green and soothing neutrals, creating a unique modern-industrial-inspired offices with the authentic flair of minimalism. However, a beautiful visual appeal isn’t the sole feature of the 2018 work environment. The modern office equally values both aesthetics and functionality, so trends in 2018 are both practical and stylish. For example, the modern office design features delicate design aesthetics, as well as highly functional layouts that contribute to workplace efficiency. No wonder that more and more millennials choose to work in an office space where they have everything they need to succeed.

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All things green

Those offices that prefer keeping the privacy of separated cubicles can opt for a greener design. Green wall dividers are introduced to the modern workplace to provide hard-working employees with more privacy and less noise. What makes them so appealing is their soothing nature and cheerful design that contributes to the general enjoyableness of the workspace. However green walls and green dividers are just a portion of the office greenness. Offices that can’t afford massive green wall installations can introduce hanging baskets and lovely planters to add splashes of green.

Not only does all the greenery liven up the modern office, but it also provides it with numerous benefits, including the increased air quality. Finally, green comes in small doses, too, along with beautiful decorative terrariums. As beautiful accent pieces, terrariums are used to introduce succulent, air and even carnivorous plants while simultaneously elevating the office design. Office designs of 2018 will bring harmony, style and wellness to the workplace, emphasising green trends, chic accents and home-inspired atmosphere.

Author’s Bio: Lana Hawkins is an architecture student and the editor-in-chief on Smooth Decorator.  She enjoys writing about interior decoration and landscaping. Lana is interested in sustainability and green building, and that’s where she gets most of her inspiration.

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