Top 10 Commercial Interior Design Trends for 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted millions of employees to call their homes their offices. The challenges of managing fully remote or hybrid workforces  have many companies looking for ways to entice them back to the workplace and keep them there. Meanwhile, many employees prefer the structure and community atmosphere that a workplace can provide, but they’re not keen on giving up the comforts of home.

Commercial interior design trends reflect these challenges. See what’s new in corporate design and how businesses are leveraging furniture solutions and other design elements to create an inviting and productive atmosphere.


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1. Resimmercial Furnishings

“Resimmercial” is a buzz word being used to reference today’s corporate interiors, nodding at the fusion of residential and commercial design concepts. Employees have become accustomed to working from their sofas, lounge chairs, kitchen tables, or other home office setups. Recreating this comfort level and accommodating work setting choices that feel more homelike is critical to entice them back and to attract and retain workers.

We are used to workstations that cater to the majority of the group. Now, many organizations are shifting to personalized spaces where multiple people can feel comfortable, creating “me” space rather than “we” space. Businesses should expect increasing pressure to reconfigure their work environments and provide choices that are as comfortable and inviting as their employees’ homes.


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2. Warmer Colors

After years of looking at light gray walls, flooring, and cabinetry, designers are using richer, warmer neutrals to help create a more relaxed, cozy, and inviting atmosphere. Even when gray is used, it won’t be the cold, sterile look that’s been so popular in the past. Pops of color are being added, including hues of gold, sage green, faded indigo, and desert tones, whether as accent pieces or accessories.


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3. Natural Elements

Nature-inspired themes will continue to be popular in 2022. Light-colored and rustic wood finishes add a soft, natural feel to an office setting. Accent walls, furnishings, flooring, cabinetry, and more are often constructed of look-alike vinyl or composite materials that are easy to clean and durable enough for commercial applications. It’s out with dust-magnet fake plants and in with lush, living greenery that helps to soften a look and also improve air quality.


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4. Geometric Shapes

Plaids, hexagons, diamonds, chevrons, and other geometric shapes help to create a whimsical yet sophisticated look. Expect to see larger patterns used as accents and incorporated into statement pieces, walls, and flooring.


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5. Textured Materials and Finishes

In the last two years, corporations have placed an emphasis on cleanability and infection control, which ushered in a new age of vinyl. But flat, slippery surfaces are on the way out. Advances in commercial fabric technology allow organizations to easily clean surfaces while still enjoying the look and feel of textured upholstery. Visual dimension is being added to more than just furniture. Textured wallcoverings, window treatments, accessories, and more help to bring a homey, eclectic look to the workplace.


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6. Sustainable Design

Reducing their environmental footprint is a major objective for many businesses. Manufacturers of commercial interior furnishings and finishes are increasing their efforts to provide products that support those initiatives. Herman Miller released a new version of their classic Aeron chair made of recycled plastic, helping to eliminate an astonishing 234 metric tons of ocean-bound plastic annually. Another innovator is Interface, a commercial flooring manufacturer that offers carbon-neutral carpet tiles and luxury vinyl products. Pricing for planet-friendly products is becoming more competitive, helping to strengthen their position in the marketplace and make them more accessible for the average business.


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7. Homey Accessories

Pillows, accent rugs, soft draperies, artwork, and plenty of accessories are adorning office spaces these days. Once again, incorporating these types of residential elements into employee workspaces is helping to create a sense of home. Using local artists and photography that represents community is a higher priority, and including branding on etched glass, partitions, and wallcoverings is a growing trend. Strategic placement of artwork and structural decorative elements is an important consideration during the planning phase of a remodeling or construction project, helping to ensure all elements of design are taken into consideration early on.


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8. Sound Softening

Open concept office spaces are still on trend, but controlling sound is critical. Curtains aren’t just being used as decorative accessories; they’re also being used to help dampen sound and create privacy for glass-walled conference rooms, work pods, and other areas. Drapery panels made of commercial-grade fabrics are relatively inexpensive and help to create flexible spaces when placed on tracks for easy opening and closing. Additional sound-dampening features might include decorative acoustical wall or ceiling panels, carpeting, upholstery, and other soft furnishings.


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9. Outdoor Spaces

Outdoor activities have increased considerably in the last two years, including working on a porch, patio, or park bench. Establishments are renovating outdoor spaces as yet another option for employees to work where they feel most productive and can enjoy the fresh air. They’re also great spaces for collaboration and ideation. It’s time to pitch the picnic tables and offer functional and fashionable outdoor spaces for employees.


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10. Natural Lighting

Another opportunity is to bring the outdoors in through natural or auxiliary lighting. Studies suggest that natural light helps to improve productivity and worker satisfaction. There are multiple ways to help increase natural light in addition to replacing windows. Strategically placed mirrors can make a significant impact in an area. The furnishings you choose can also make a difference. Consider including glass tables and lighter wall colors to maintain an airy, light feel. Where you place furnishings is also important, and don’t forget the quickest way to increase the amount of light in your space: keep the windows clean.

For more ideas on how to enhance and improve your business interior to be both functional and fashionable for today’s hybrid work model, download our complimentary guide below.

The talented interior designers and furniture solutions specialists at The Samuels Group are happy to assist in your next project. Reach out to them today to learn how they can help you turn your organization into a place that employees are eager to come to every day.


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