January 12, 2021

5 Inspiring Office Renovation Ideas for 2021

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There’s no better time to generate office renovation ideas than the new year. With new design trends to follow, and new energy to bring into your work, take advantage of this moment to come up with and review ideas for your next office renovation or build-out. 

As a design-led integrated project delivery firm, Formcraft values design. Our designers are highly trained and stay up-to-date with design trends that will help you attract and retain new talent.

Customers are at the forefront of our design-led projects. Our designers get to know your company personally so that our team can deliver one-of-a-kind design solutions. 

If you’re looking to update your office in 2021, take a look at these 5 design trends to inform your office renovation ideas. 

As always, when you’re ready to renovate your workspace or build a brand-new office, Formcraft is your go-to design-build firm. We’ll help you plan, design, and build your dream office.  Get in touch with today to talk about your next project.


Office Renovation Ideas that Inspire Productivity


1. Blend Work Space with Living Space

The first trend that will be popular in 2021 is designing office space so that there is a cohesive blend of work space and living space. This “Home Environment” trend is important now more than ever. As non-essential workers worked from home during the coronavirus pandemic, many enjoyed the familiarity and comfort of their home office. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, remote work was a rising trend and attracted great talent to flexible companies. This office design idea helps employees feel calm and confident in the office.

When your employees are happy and confident in their office, they will be more productive. Incorporate the hybrid living and working design into your office by increasing natural light and adding accents of color. Put effort into furniture selection to make sure you have cohesive space. Think natural wood elements, plush couches with accent pillows, and docking stations so that your employees can move about the office as they would their house. 

2. Add Acoustic Furniture

Having personal space, plus sound control in a shared office environment? If this sounds too good to be true, then you haven’t discovered the 2021 design trend of acoustic furniture. As more and more office employees come into the office, boost confidence and productivity by offering acoustic office furniture in your open-floor plan space. 

Acoustic furniture, such as office phone booths, pod chairs, private booths, and sound-absorbing furniture helps to mitigate chatter and help employees zone into their work. Pod chairs and private booths especially help with social distancing because they are built for the individual. This intimate space is great for focusing and avoiding distractions. 

Finally, acoustic furniture is also high-tech and modern in design, so bring this futuristic element into your office in 2021.


Office Renovation Ideas that Inspire Collaboration


3. Incorporate Team-Building Elements

Next up in the top 5 inspiring office renovation ideas, is the design trend of “team building”. Known by many businesses as an HR tactic, team building also inspires office design in 2021. Think brainstorming areas such as open rooms with whiteboards for note taking and exchanging ideas. Also areas for employees to blow off steam, such as game rooms with table football or darts. 

Our customer, Entech, a software company based in Malvern, Pa., wanted their space to reflect their company culture and attract future clients. We built them an open concept space with high-tech elements. But we also incorporated a pingpong table, a team-building element that inspires collaboration, and shows how the company is playful and flexible. Read more about our Entech project.

4. Create an Agile Workspace

An agile workspace is very similar to the open-concept workspace. It is a rising design trend in 2021 for office renovation for many reasons. Agile workspaces rely on “zones” for people to accomplish different types of work (brainstorming, regenerating, concentrating, etc.). Employees can easily move from one place to another in the office, especially if all employees have laptops. This is great for collaboration because employees don’t have to rely on a shared conference room to take meetings, when they can go to a zone with high-top tables and meet. 

Decide what types of zones you want to incorporate into your office and add your own design spin on them. For example, your “quiet zone” will have a different look and feel than your “brainstorming zone”. Define your zones so that your team can easily flow from space to space and get the most out of each. 


Office Renovation Ideas that Help You Go Green


5. Use Biophilic Design

For a while now, Formcraft’s team of designers have been experts in biophilic design. While sustainable design is more commonly talked about, biophilic design is a continuously rising design trend. Biophilic design blends design, nature, and well-being. Biophilic spaces inspire health and wellness. Healthier employees are not only happier, but they have been known to stay at companies longer. Show your employees that you value their health and well being by using biophilic design.

Biophilic design makes office space warm and inviting. Use elements of greenery, natural analogues, and dedicated break areas to regenerate. Place high importance on improved air quality and lighting.

First, greenery shows that you care about the environment and sustainability. Second, plants improve air quality by purifying the air. Greenery has also been known to reduce stress. In our corporate office, we incorporated elements of biophilic design. Take a look at our improvements

If you’re not sure what design trends you’d like to see in your office in 2021, our design experts are here to help. Get in touch with today to talk about your next project.