Building a commercial interior — no matter what kind of business it’s for — can be both exciting and a little bit daunting. Not only are you personalizing for the client, but also for the customers or employees that will utilize the space. From offices to more public-facing spaces, there are so many design trends that 2022 has to offer, and you can explore any number of them as you look into the spaces you build in the new year.
Of course, every build and client is different, but here are some of the top design trends for commercial interiors this year that you can try out and make totally your own.
Of course, clean lines and blank slates can be great for certain projects, but there’s something special about sharp, geometric shapes that can truly make a space stand out from the rest. You can even use patterns and unique shapes to direct the eye or direct foot traffic within the building if that’s what you’re after.
You may be used to using lighter, brighter colors, which have long been popular in commercial spaces, but dark neutrals are quickly becoming a trend in 2022. Not only do they have a calming effect on the space and the people within it, but they can also create a stylish balance, especially with natural light. Even in a more industrial setting, the tones in materials like chrome can fit effortlessly with darker hues.
Even though plenty of settings involve operating for comfort in some regard, 2022 has seen a rise in the priority of comfort in the workplace. From temperature controls to comfortable seating, the comfort of a commercial space is more important than ever. Perhaps this is a result of the rise in remote work or simply a shift in priorities, but making comfort one of the main design factors can be a great move for everyone.
If you have sustainability on your mind, you’re in luck, because so do so many other people in building and design. Sustainability has only become more important and popular in recent years, and there isn’t much sign of that stopping. That’s why recycled materials are becoming so popular, specifically this coming year. Everything from wood to metal and beyond can be recycled — and it gives off a unique and defined look!
Even though many commercial spaces rely on giving people the privacy that they need, 2022 has seen a rise in the value of communal spaces. The reason why commercial spaces exist, especially things like offices and workspaces, is for the purpose of collaboration and community. Therefore, open floor plans make a lot of sense for the new year.
Being able to introduce things like design specificity and brand identity into a space has always been valuable, but 2022 might see even more of an uptick in that regard. Obviously, this will vary widely from business to business, but there are absolutely plenty of spaces that reflect the identity of the company, and it makes everything feel more centered and driven.
Although dark neutrals have already been mentioned once here, there’s even more color on the horizon for 2022. Although many people think of commercial spaces as being entirely neutral and blank, this new year could be the time to challenge that idea. Plenty of businesses and brands have begun to introduce spaces that embolden their identity using color. If your business is all about pink, for example, casting a light pink on the walls could be a great choice.
There are so many design trends that are coming into the workplace this year. From dark neutrals to pops of color, the time is now to take the best ideas out there and turn them into something that reflects your brand and your space’s purpose perfectly.