Space, colour and light are typically top of mind when it comes to commercial interior design, but have you thought about texture? An often neglected design element, texture adds contrast and depth to a space, creating a sensory experience that can influence the feeling your interior fitout conveys to your staff and clients.
Texture in interior design can be either tactile or visual – the actual feel of a surface or your perception of what the surface might feel like. Many workplaces prefer a more neutral colour palette with one or two base colours. Accents can then be added for personality and variety.
The elements you choose for your interior will depend on the message you’re trying to convey with your space. Do you want a calming, comforting feel, or are you wanting a more industrial look to inspire creativity amongst your staff? For example, adding fabric wall hangings, rugs and other “cosy” textures can make a workplace feel more homely and comforting. Exposed brick or raw timber features can create more of an edgy look for your work environment.
Premis recently completed refurbishment work on the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works, Building & Asset Services (BAS) department based in Rockhampton. The regional head office features a vast array of textural elements on the walls, workstation screens and soft furnishings.
Inspiration for the design, provided by Mode Architecture, was taken from the features, forms and colours of distinct environments of the region. These elements were then utilised to take you on a journey as you move throughout the space.
The result is a warm, welcoming workplace that excites users and visitors to the space that has a contemporary open plan layout with pods of sit/stand workstations and flexible collaborative areas.
The Brisbane Festival team needed a fitout that was not only comfortable and efficient, but would also inspire creativity and innovation. Premis examined the ways the team worked together as well as providing an environment that would contract and expand to suit the business; as the team grows from 12 to 90 in the lead up to the yearly festival.
Both floors housed mezzanine areas that had to be incorporated smoothly into the design layout. The timber ceiling beams were exposed and left untreated, creating a stark and effective textural juxtaposition with the otherwise clean, sleek and white space.
The innovative design utilises many features to give a sense of comfort in an open design office. The Blue Sky workspace proves that not all walls need to be finished with just plaster.
Adding tactile texture design to the walls using different materials created a range of spaces that are striking, visually appealing and unique. Walking through the workplace enlightens your senses with various themes and elements easily embraced by both staff and visitors.