What Goes Into the Interior Design for Office Spaces

In the days of increased work-from-home shifts, employers continue to look for ways to entice employees back into the office. From the elements necessary for increased productivity to adhering to employees’ everyday needs, you’ll find that the modern office space interior is often decked with design applications that serve a multi-faceted purpose.

As such, a great amount of strategy and planning, both for aesthetic value and practical needs, goes into interior office space design. PureAlchemy offers innovative designs for office buildouts, office remodels, and more. This blog post will cover the basics of today’s interior office design trends.  

What Is Office Space Design?

You’ve heard of interior design. Office Space Design is a specialized subset of Interior design that focuses on the specific needs of the business project entity. The difference between interior office space design and interior design is in the design choices’ intent and strategy.

Residential Interior Design

At home, you’re likely to go with colors, lighting, and furniture that offer your home visual and practical comforts; a home designed for rest and an environment to wrap your family memories around.

Office Interior Design

With an office, design decisions come from a different place. Designers consider certain ergonomic principles that inform spatial elements. In an office design, you may still consider comfort as with a home design, but for the purpose of the employee’s psychological needs. Happier employees equate to greater productivity

So, why is the interior design of an office space so important? Read on to find out.

The Visuals That Make a Difference

When you and your designer work together to realize the perfect interior design, your employees’ well-being should be at the forefront.  


Lighting installations have varying degrees of impact on employees. Higher color temperatures, measured at 4,600K (Kelvin) or higher, are blue-white in tone. This degree of lighting has been known for improving employee alertness, mood, and productivity.

Warmer-colored lighting, less than 3,000K, comes off a bit yellowish and creates a sense of comfort and relaxation for employees.

The ideal office space interior design will incorporate a healthy blend of lighting from the color temperature spectrum. You would install warmer colors in break rooms, for example, and cooler colors in conference rooms or brainstorming spaces.


Working in tandem with good lighting is the color palette applied to your interior office design. While the color of furniture, walls, and floors may have a similar influence as the color of your lighting, there are some more complex issues at play. For example, an over-abundance of blue or purple colors may evoke sadness or indifference in employees. An overuse of warm colors like red or yellow can even evoke anger or hostility. Of course, too much of any color is jarring to the eye. 

In general, the color choices will ideally mesh with lighting and spatial dimensions to create a natural depth in your employee’s work life, providing a seamless experience from one room to the next.

Branding Elements

All this is moot if the designer isn’t also incorporating branding elements into the office space. Branded themes applied throughout an office space, utilizing company colors and expressing company values visually, will show that employers are proud of their brand. Branding in offices also helps exhibit a unique cultural space for guests or new employees; it lets them know who you are and can establish a sense of togetherness in its uniformity.

Learn More With an Office Space Design Consultation

PureAlchemy Design transforms ordinary spaces into inspiring workspaces and branded environments. We seek to elevate employee well-being and help foster healthy workplace relationships through intentional design choices that consider, first and foremost, the human experience.

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