New office space planning is the perfect time to consider your workplace’s relationship with nature. It’s been proven that offices that include a touch of nature boost the moods of employees, improve workflow, job satisfaction, and – let’s face it – makes your office look better!
1. Natural Light
Ensure you partner with an office fit-out company that realises the importance of natural light. Fact: natural light makes a much bigger difference than many people might think. While it’s possible that your workplace is positioned somewhere that doesn’t get a lot of sun, it’s unlikely that there are no windows at all. Often, you can maximise how effective a window is just by moving around a few pieces of furniture to catch the light better.
Having a well-lit space makes the office interior refurbishment much lighter and breezier, and has been linked to better sleep and overall health, which translates into better performance at work.
2. Indoor greenery
Most office designs by DB Interiors in Auckland include some sort of greenery. Everyone appreciates a little tasteful greenery here and there, and a popular aesthetic that’s gathered a lot of steam over the last few years is hanging plants. Rather than taking up floor space with large pots, hanging planters can give your office a fresh, modern feel. Even faux plants can work wonders, and at the very least it won’t do your space any harm! Your staff might even like to be able to green their own desks with smaller, personal planters.
3. Outdoor areas
Make sure the office fit-out company you engage with realises it is important to have somewhere to go and stretch your legs during the course of a workday. Sitting in front of a computer for eight hours a day has been shown to have negative health effects, and this can get in the way of productivity.
Creating outdoor spaces is the perfect way to give your staff somewhere green and relaxing to unwind between tasks. Many interior design companies – including ourselves – also offer landscaping for outdoor areas connected to commercial sites.
Another smart way to integrate nature into your office is to let it form the basis of your workspace infrastructure. Instead of plastic furniture such as desks, bring in a nicely finished wooden alternative. Natural building materials can be used in all sorts of places around your office to bring in a soulful element to a traditional corporate space – not to mention natural materials can look amazing if used well.
Get your team involved! If they like the idea of having a larger focus on nature in the workplace, there are a number of things they can organise amongst themselves or contribute toward.
Recycling policies and environmental initiatives can actually end up being a great way to build team morale. And if you’ve been considering getting shower facilities for your office, it could be an idea to also invest in bike storage so your staff can cycle into work in the morning. This is especially great if your staff are already interested in cycling, as a nice bike can make a nice piece of wall décor while in storage.
If that doesn’t prove the right angle for you and your team, there’s always other ideas, like a company vegetable garden.
Modern biophilic design
As the office design industry continues to evolve, there is a growing focus on biophilic architecture – biophilia being a name for the theory that humans innately seek out connections to nature. Modern biophilic design is moving towards integrating natural elements directly into the building blocks of a space, rather than leaning on adding plant-based elements after the fact.
At its most extreme, this could include concepts such as building structures around live trees and making them a focal point of the workplace, rather than trying to bring potted trees inside a structure that isn’t designed to accommodate them. Obviously, this isn’t widespread yet, but it’s an idea to keep in mind as technology continues to progress!
Today, modern biophilic designs tend to focus on using natural resources in construction, and ensuring that they are sourced and produced in natural, sustainable ways.
Interested in an office upgrade?
If you’re planning a relocation or renovation for your commercial office, it could be the perfect opportunity to green your office, and transform it into more than just a workplace. For the best advice on interior design from wellington to Auckland, talk to DB Interiors. With over five decades experience, we can help you plan and create the office you’ve been dreaming over.