Monthly Archives: February 2018

Blending Home and Office

Workplace Trends 2018 | Bringing Home To Work

There has been a trend in office design to make the work place less formal and to blend aspects we would usually expect to have in our home environment into the work space. This continues to be an integral aspect of workplace trends in 2018 making offices a more appealing environment for all to spend time in.

How To Include Home-Like Elements Into Workplace Design

When we think of traditional office spaces, we’re likely to imagine open spaces, cubicles, large meeting rooms and tiny communal kitchens. None of these areas are places we would chose to relax and maybe watch a film or read a book. When you get home at the end of a hard days work you’re more likely to want to plonk yourself down on a comfy settee, or sit in your cosy kitchen with a cuppa. The trend towards blending the home and the office has the underlying ethos of making the work place more relaxing. Sure you’re not there to chill and watch a movie, but the more you feel comfortable in any given environment, the more you will be able to offer.

We’ve come up with 6 ideas of how to bring elements of the home into your work spaces:

6 Ways To Blend Home and Office

Office Furniture: At home you will have a range of furniture that will be chosen both on design and colour, and on function. We can’t have an office that only has settees to sit on as this doesn’t do well for your productivity if you’re trying to work on your computer - but office furniture can still be stylish, functional and ergonomic, and enhance and complement the overall aesthetic of your work space.

Relaxed Seating Areas: Studies have shown that you are less productive if you spend your entire day sat at your desk, and more productive if you take a break. Having comfortable, welcoming break out areas where staff can take five minutes out will help them remain focused as well as encourage collaboration and mingling amongst employees.

Decent Kitchens: We’ve dedicated a whole blog post to office kitchens before as we feel passionately about this aspect of commercial design. Too often the office kitchen is an after thought, stuffed into a room barely bigger than a cupboard and full of mugs that are breading new life. The health and well being of staff is paramount in increasing engagement and productivity and where better to start than with an office kitchen that people want to spend time in?

Office Gardens: You may be restricted by external space, but office design trends are embracing the “green” office internally as well. Adding plants within the premises softens the space as well as bringing the benefit of improving employee performance on memory retention and other basic tests that studies have shown to be substantially improved with office plants.

Softer Lighting: Whilst we need decent lighting levels in order to work and not cause eye strain, having variable lighting levels is beneficial for all staff. Think of your office lighting design in terms of layers. Your main overhead lighting will provide the base, your individual task lighting gives you independent functionality and accent lighting adds an air of ambience.

Choice Of Space: The more people have choice, the more they are able to find the right working situation for the project they are currently engaged in. Sometimes we need a quiet spot alone with our work, others we need to collaborate in a dynamic environment, or we need to have groups working together. Co-working spaces have become increasingly popular, and the basis of this setup can be incorporated within more static business premises.

Here at 20six we are enthused by the workplace trends we’re seeing in 2018 and are very pleased to be working on some great projects this year.

Office Colours For 2018

For any commercial interior design process colour will be part of the discussion. Ideally this will match your branding but with the need to keep your working environment looking fresh and modern, incorporating the latest colours will help to keep your business work place ahead of the competition.

What Is The Office Colour For 2018?

The official line is that "PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet,  is the colour of the Year 2018." Whilst going purple might not please everyone there are ways of including the latest splash of colour in a variety of ways that can blend with your existing set up.

5 Ways to Introduce Pantone's Colour of the Year 'Ultra Violet' into your Office

Reception Area: First impressions really count, so you can make the office reception area work in your favour by adding the latest design ideas and colours. Whether it be the seating fabrics, paintings on the walls or a splash of colour in the curtains, shutters or blinds, this is a simple way to add ultra violet into your office reception.

Office Flooring: If your work space has tired looking carpets, you could replace using this season's colour. Or think long term for your office floor options - rather than replacing with one block of colour, carpet tiles can be added, changed and removed as the trending colours dictate.

Office Lighting: As well as being a major factor in work place productivity, office lighting has a large role to play in getting your commercial design looking tip top. From the humble lamp shade through to smart bulbs that can be changed by voice command, there are numerous options for colour here.

Office Partitioning: There are a vast array of options for dividing up commercial interiors, and office partitions can be customised with images and colours to enhance your office's look.

Office Accessories: From bins to desk tidys, flora to storage units, there are a plethora of items around any working environment that can be customised to reflect the latest trends in colour.

We know that purple isn't everyone's cup of tea but we hope that the ideas for enhancing your commercial interiors to reflect the latest in design trends will be useful whether you want to update now, or should you prefer to wait until the 2019 colour of the year is announced. In addition, they can all be used to customise any work space with any colour of your choice at any time that you're ready for an office refit.


Deskercise? How To Workout At Your Desk

Sitting in our Sussex offices in mid February, we have been talking about New Year’s resolutions; who made them, and who stuck to them. In the gyms that we frequent,  there was a huge increase in people using the equipment in January - but by the start of February they all seemed to vanish.

One common reason for failing in the keep fit resolution stakes is lack of time. We all have so much work to get through that taking time out to get to the gym, change, workout, and get back from the gym can take up too much of your working day.

So how do we find the work/exercise balance?

We’ve come up with ten workable ideas for exercising at (or just by) your desk.

10 Deskercises - How To Workout At Your Desk

Tippy Tappy: A simple way to keep those legs moving even whilst you’re sat at your desk is by speedily tapping your toes on the floor. This is achievable whilst you’re catching up with emails, or reading your daily updates so make sure you add reminders to get regular tippy tappy toes.

Standing Desks: At 20sixltd we all have desks that we can alter at the touch of a button from sitting to standing. Prolonged periods of sitting are linked to increased risk for diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease, whereas standing significantly increases your daily caloric expenditure. Alternate between sitting and standing whenever you can.

Legs of Steel: Take a break from your office desk and lean against the nearest solid wall. Stand straight with your back against the wall, bend the knees and slide your back down the wall until the thighs are parallel to the floor. Sit and hold for 30-60 seconds, then stand up again - but do remember to breathe!

Nobody Needs To Know: There are some desk excercises that you can do that nobody else in the office will be aware of. Toning your bottom muscles is as simple as squeezing your buttocks, hold for 5-10 seconds, and then release. Make sure you add as many reps as you feel comfortable with and as above, at regular intervals.

Get Your Prayers Answered: A good exercise for your arms that will leave others in the office wondering what you are praying for. Seated upright with feet flat on the floor, bring your palms together in front of your chest and push both hands together as hard as you can until you feel the arm muscles contract. Hold the prayer hands pushed together for 20 seconds. Release and repeat the sequence until you feel enough of the burn.

The Shoulder Shrug: Best done at your desk and not in board (or is that bored?) meetings, just raise both shoulders up toward your ears, hold for 5 seconds, then relax. Repeat for 15 reps.

Hold On Tight: Your head weighs a lot and your poor neck has to carry its weight, so this a great way of strengthening the neck. Hold your head in your hands and press your palms into your forehead as if trying to push the head backward. Resist the motion by engaging the neck muscles. Then clasp your hands behind the back of the head and try to push the head backward, resisting the motion with your hands. Slowly release, rest, and repeat 5 times each.

Office Desk Jiggle: If your Office chair moves let it help your body move too. Sitting upright and with the feet hovering over the floor, hold the edge of your desk with your fingers and thumb. Next, use the core to swivel the chair from side to side. Swish back and forth for 15 rounds.

Nobody Needs Know (Part Two): Another silent deskercise, this one works your core. Simply take a deep breath and tighten the abdominal muscles, bringing them in towards the spine as you exhale. Stay squeezed for 5-10 seconds and release. Repeat for 12-15 reps.

Roll On Summer: It may seem a long way off but if you’d rather not see your tummy rolls when you look down you need to get working now. Place both of your elbows on your thighs, then try to curl the chest in towards the legs while resisting the movement with the arms. Hold for 10 seconds, release, and repeat times 10.

The more we move, the better we feel - and the better we feel, the more productive we can become. So if you’ve had to give up on your fitness promises because of work commitments, try incorporating these ten deskercises into every working day and feel better for it.

(We should point out that whilst we are experts in Office fit outs we are not experts in fitness itself. These are just ideas for getting you moving at your desk; if in any doubt please seek a real fitness expert’s advice) 


Types Of Office Chair

One Chair Fits All?

There has been a lot of talk in the world of office design about the importance of creating work spaces that people actively look forward to being in. Competition for top talent across a variety of market sectors mean that more companies are realising how important the design of the working environment is.

And getting the design right necessitates getting the office furniture right.

Four Types Of Office Chair

We feel that there are four key areas where your office chair will make an impact on your work space.

First Impressions: Upon arrival, what does your client first see? A reception area will generally be staffed and may have client seating areas as well. That initial impression of your work space can be enhanced by having fixtures, fittings and furniture to give the wow factor.

The Nitty Gritty: We know the health implications for sitting down too long, and we understand the importance of ergonomic furniture. The hours that you spend sat at your desk add up over the weeks, months, years – having a properly designed office chair can have a significant, positive impact on your overall wellbeing.

Meetings: “Are you sitting comfortably? Good, then I will begin”. This may be a saying of old, but it still rings very true. Communication is hindered if you’re not sitting comfortably, and if you want your employees and your clients to really hear the messages that you are conveying a comfortable seat is essential.

Break Out: It’s not all sitting at your desk working – we need time out to eat, refresh, chat and mingle. Having seating that is fit for purpose wherever you and your employees are in the building will go a long way towards a happy work space.

Having sourced and supplied office chairs and other office furniture to a wide range of different businesses, we know how to find you the best solutions to your work place furnishings. Get in touch with one of friendly team and see how we can make the difference to your commercial interior design.