Sustainable Interior Design for Businesses

Today’s world is becoming more aware of the need to become sustainable. Toward this end, people around the globe are adapting ways to make their lives more environmentally friendly. The same applies to businesses, whether they’re searching for a new office or are looking to revamp their current office.

The trouble is that offices are known for being very wasteful. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. Whether the office is small or large, creating a sustainable office is not only key to protecting the environment but also beneficial for businesses.  With sustainability in mind, more businesses are looking for ways to create a sustainable interior. 

In this article, we’ll look at simple ways businesses can make their interiors more sustainable. Let’s get started!

 

What is Sustainability? 

Before starting on creating a sustainable interior design, it’s necessary to understand what sustainability means. There are many different terms and concepts that apply to being eco-friendly, that it can be challenging to develop actionable goals for office design. Here are five key areas that need to be considered to make an office interior more sustainable: 

  1. Initial environmental impact: the cost of new items
  2. Energy efficiency: how much energy it can save over time
  3. Waste reduction: how little waste is produced
  4. Longevity: the potential lifespan of the design
  5. Personal health: how it contributes to the health of employees

These are the five goals that must be achieved to make an office interior more sustainable. The goal is to meet all five requirements for a truly sustainable interior. 

In the following sections, we’ll look at how to create an interior design that meets the above five requirements. 

Timeless Design

If you’re designing your office interior from scratch, it’s tempting to go with the latest trends. These usually work to create unique, fresh, exciting designs. However, the problem is that these interiors may not be sustainable. 

So, it’s best to start by laying a foundation made of timeless, versatile interior styles. Choosing high-quality, contemporary, classic, or industrial furnishings ensure you won’t need to buy bulky furniture every time it’s necessary to redesign. That reduces your long-term waste. 

In addition, a strong style foundation makes it possible to incorporate the latest trends to create a modern, beautiful office space that can be done quickly and without going over budget. 

 

Light & Open Spaces

One way to maximize your office’s sustainability is to ensure the space is as open as possible, especially near natural light sources. Maximizing natural light also fits requirement #1 for being energy efficient.

Natural light can fill your office interior with bright light during the day. This can save energy by not needing as much artificial light. In addition, natural light brings about employee health and wellbeing. For one thing, employees who have more natural light at work are healthier, and they sleep better. Natural light also reduces eye strain, blurred vision, headaches, and more. These are essential when it comes to creating an interior design that enhances employee health and wellbeing. 

So, be sure to consider the natural light sources available in your office. Take time to ensure these are maximized, with consideration for both space and colors. 

 

Embracing Biophilia

Biophilia has also become extremely popular in office interior design. Biophilia refers to the practice of using living plants and natural elements in office design. Living plants, calm colors, natural light, and natural elements (wood, stone, and more) all bring a touch of nature to the office. 

Research has shown that spending more time in natural spaces can help employee mental health and improve general mood. While this may not be an option for all employees, a biophilic interior is one of the best ways to bring nature into the office. 

The good news is that biophilic design is also sustainable and being around natural elements also raises awareness of sustainability, the environment, and more. This helps to bolster an eco-friendly attitude across the company. 

 

Minimalism

Another sustainable interior design concept is going minimalistic with office design. The concept works by creating a sense of calm and enhancing focus without having too many things around the office space. Minimalism is also a sustainable concept as long as it is practiced sustainably. 

Going with a more minimalist interior design also causes the company to reduce the number of new furnishings it buys and thereby reducing potential waste. Similar to biophilia, going with a minimalistic interior design can also raise environmental mindfulness among employees. This also fulfills requirement #1 by not buying more furniture unless it’s absolutely necessary. 

 

Recycling & Upcycling

Businesses that choose to become more eco-conscious also practice recycling and upcycling. Recycling is something that most businesses have been doing for some time. Upcycling is a little different and is a newer concept. It’s less common, but this method can have a dramatic effect on sustainable interior design. 

Rather than buying new furniture, consider whether it’s possible to use what’s already available. Many furnishings can be repaired and transformed with some paint and polish. Not only will the office become more sustainable, but the look will be more eclectic. 

It will probably be necessary to buy a few new pieces of furniture. When buying new items, consider how the pieces can be transformed in the future when styles change. The goal is to ensure these pieces can be upcycled to fit future trends and styles. 

 

Use Outdoor Spaces

Sustainable design isn’t only about your company’s interior design. It can also include the use of outdoor spaces. Does your business have some outdoor space? If so, consider how it could be used to fit the requirements above. Outdoor spaces are also beneficial to employee health and wellbeing. 

For instance, if you have a garden, consider how much water it uses. Choose plants that are native to your region and don’t require much water to survive.

 

Summing It Up

With a few considerations during your office design phase, your office interior can easily become more sustainable and comfortable and become a healthier, happier place for employees. You’ll also reap the benefits of reducing waste & energy use and saving money at the same time.

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