Exploring the Latest Trends in Interior Design

Exploring the Latest Trends in Interior Design

As we settle into 2024, several exciting trends are making waves in the realm of interior design. While trends constantly come and go throughout the cycle, it’s important to determine which trends prompt style and functionality before jumping on the bandwagon. There will always be new trends on opposite sides of the spectrum (think minimalism versus maximalism), and with so many options it can be hard to pick a direction. At the end of the day, it’s best to prioritize design aspects that best serve your business and integrate them into your current office space. 

Let’s explore some common design elements, which trends are hot and happening this year, and how you can pull inspiration to build a workspace that promotes productivity and excitement.

Common Interior Design Terms to Know

You can’t communicate what you want if you don’t know the terms. Let’s learn how to speak the language of design! Below are some common terms used in interior design:

  • Resimercial is the combination of a residential feel and commercial office functionality. Staff want to be in a space they feel comfortable, this is the rave to attract people into the office space. This can be achieved with social hubs with food, bar stools, counters and lounge areas that feel like home.
  • Balance is achieving visual harmony by distributing the right visual weight around a room to establish a sense of stability. Balance includes color, materials selected or the arrangement of furniture, contrast and symmetry to create a harmonious space. Establishing balance will make the space more inviting and visually appealing. 
  • Contrast can be achieved by placing two or more elements with opposing characteristics together in a space. It can be accomplished using a variety of design aspects, such as color, shape, size, material, texture or style.
  • Scale refers to how well your pieces fit in your space. It ensures that the size of objects within a space is proportionate to the size of the room, preventing elements from overwhelming or underwhelming the space.
  • Proportion refers to how well certain pieces fit together. This ensures that the size and scale of objects within a space relate to or complement each other in a pleasing manner.
    • Scale and proportion are especially important when adding accessories and finishing touches. A general guideline is to keep items no taller or wider than one-third the length or height of the piece they will sit on. Additionally, the rule of thirds is a classic method when grouping items together—and if there are more than three items, commit to odd-numbered groupings. Following this results in a really natural rhythm and flow.

Now that we have a foundational understanding of these terms, let’s explore how they manifest in the latest interior design trends for 2024.

Color Contrast

Color theory plays a huge role in setting the mood and ambiance of a space. In 2024, we’re seeing a trend towards bold color contrasts. Think vibrant jewel tones juxtaposed against neutral backgrounds. Experimenting with contrasting colors adds depth and visual interest to any room. Keep in mind that there are psychological effects of color as well—ranging from stimulating to calming colors. Whether you prefer cool or warm tones, we recommend incorporating neutral colors as well to balance out the space.

Modern Finishes: Ergonomic Furniture that Suits Everyone

Modern finishes are all about fusing style with functionality and sustainability. This year, ergonomic office furniture takes center stage, providing comfort without compromising on design. Consider adjustable chairs and desks that accommodate a wide variety of bodies for maximum comfort and to prevent workplace-related injuries.

A Focus on Wellbeing

With a heightened emphasis on holistic wellness, interior design aspects that promote physical and mental wellbeing are growing in popularity. Biophilic design principles, which incorporate elements of nature into the built environment, are gaining popularity. From incorporating natural materials and textures to creating spaces that encourage relaxation and stress reduction, the focus is on designing environments that nurture and revitalize others. Creating a homey feel by incorporating cozy textures, warm lighting and personalized touches adds a sense of comfort and belonging to the space.

It’s also important that your office space feels psychologically safe to those who enter it—especially those who occupy it daily. In order to establish this feeling of safety, you must determine your team’s wants and needs. At Relocation Strategies, we utilize our proprietary Workplace Productivity Analysis® to assess workplace changes prior to making any big decisions.

Reservable Spaces for Hybrid Work

As the lines between work and home continue to blur, interior design is adapting to accommodate the needs of hybrid work models. For those on a hybrid schedule, reservable spaces can minimize the confusion and anxiety around where to sit—especially in most cases when hybrid employees are sharing desks or cubicles. In addition, it’s ideal to incorporate spaces for employees to group up and collaborate, too. The key is a balance between privacy and open-concept spaces to suit multiple needs at once.

Reimagine Your Workspace with Relo Design

2024 brings a plethora of exciting trends in interior design, from bold contrasts to modern finishes and spaces designed to support hybrid work models. By incorporating these trends into your own spaces, you can create environments that are not only visually stunning but also functional and conducive to your team’s overall wellbeing. 

Ready to reimagine your workspace? Reach out to Relo Design and discover how our services can help you create a workspace your staff will love.

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