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.

Wood and Commercial Design

Commercial design has been getting greener for several years now with the trending buzz word being that of biophilic design. Making your working environment a healthier, more natural space can only be good for employees and the environment.

So how can you achieve a greener, healthier, more biophilic work space?

Using Wood To Achieve Biophilic Work Spaces

We’re not sure of the exact numbers in the UK (we’re taking a gamble and guessing it’s not too dissimilar) but in the US it is estimated that the average person spends 90% of their time indoors – that’s a huge amount of your life.  Surely then, this places even more emphasis on the design of all of our buildings, including our office spaces, to promote healthy, productive, functional, creative and enjoyable environments to spend time in.

A simple way to achieve this is to incorporate wood (of course we are advocating sustainable wood here). This natural resource can be used in the structure of the building, the floors, walls and ceilings; it can be used in the office furniture, the desks, chairs and partitions; and it can be used on other work place accessories.

5 Reasons To Use Wood In Commercial Design

Beauty: With a range of colours and finishes, wood brings a special beauty.

Air Quality: The more you manage to include in your office environment, the more wood can improve and enhance your indoor air quality.

Acoustics: Consider the difference made by an office full of employees walking over stone or tile laid directly over concrete verses a wooden floor. Wood helps to absorb sound rather than bounce it back throughout the room.

Insulation: Wooden walls, partitions and cladding can enhance thermal comfort, and increase energy efficiency within a commercial environment.

Biophilic Benefits: More than just the buzzword of the moment, a biophilic working environment promotes health, well-being and productivity among workers. Biophilic translates as the innate wellness humans feel towards nature and bringing more wood into your office is a great way to achieve this.

20sixltd have extensive experience of helping all types of businesses achieve a more salubrious working environment, so if you would like to embrace biophilic design into your commercial environment please get in touch with us to see how we can help you to achieve this.