With the new year comes a new opportunity to refresh your office space. Want to make sure your office is ready for the new century instead of looking like it’s stuck in the past? Check out these commercial interior design trends for 2020.

Mix bold colors

While 2019 saw the trend of using bright accent walls and bold pops of color, 2020 is about taking that trend and amplifying it. Colors can be mixed in a variety of ways including:

  • Bright walls. Instead of a single accent wall, try utilizing multiple colors to draw attention and inspire employees. From two-toned walls to using an “accent” wall in an already bold room, there are a few ways you can make the colors stand out.
  • Patterned wallpaper. Wallpaper is an easy way to add a colorful “pop” to your space. A bright, geometric pattern is a great way to incorporate a mix of bright, bold colors. Not sure if wallpaper is right for you? Read about them here.
  • Colorful furniture. The days of neutral furniture are in the past. Instead, companies are opting for a mix of bright colored couches and chairs to add visual interest to a room.

Focus on wellbeing

For larger corporations and start-ups especially, anything you can do to stand out to potential talent is worth the investment. One thing that the new workforce is in search of is a company that focuses on its employee’s wellbeing. There are a few ways this can be incorporated into your interior design.

  • Areas to unwind such as a relaxation room or a ping pong table.
  • Calming paint colors such as blues or greens to help provide a relaxing environment.
  • Sit-stand desks are a great way to show your employees you care about their wellbeing without having to fully redesign your office space. If you aren’t able to invest in brand new desks for the whole team, there are plenty of options for converting a regular desk into a sit-stand desk.


While creating a green space through plants, natural daylight, and green walls was a staple in 2019, 2020 is the year that going green truly needs to extend past outward interior design.

Instead, companies are making a conscious effort to introduce sustainable practices into their offices, for example:

  • Add recycling bins. By incorporating recycling bins into your major hallways and high-trash areas (kitchens, lunchrooms, etc.) employees will have no excuse not to join in the sustainability practices.
  • LED lights. By swapping your lightbulbs out for an LED alternative, you can use up to 80% less energy to light up your office space.
  • Sustainable fabrics. Investing in new furniture this year? Make sure to incorporate fabrics such as organic cotton, bamboo, and recycled plastics.
Cubicle with low, red walls


As coworking spaces continue to rise in popularity, offices are adapting to a shift towards less formal workspace. While not every company is suited for a coworking environment, there are subtle ways to embody their carefree essence.

  • Lounge spaces. Creating a lounge environment in your office is a great way to provide flexible workspace in a laid-back space. By swapping out unused desks for a few couches and coffee tables, you carve out an area for your team to step away from their desks, lay back, and get work done on their laptops.
  • Redesigned cubicles. If your office does still lend itself to a cubicle layout, make thoughtful choices with how they are designed. Instead of large, white cubicle walls separating your employees, try lowering the partitions so that your employees can see one another. Adding color to the cubicle walls also helps add a refreshing twist to the otherwise drab design.

professional help

Whether you’re committing to being sustainable or taking the formalities out of your office space, one thing holds true – a little update to your office color can go a long way.

Need help getting started? Independence Painting Co. can help with everything from repainting your walls to adding a bright, geometric wallcovering. Contact us to learn more.