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Trendy or Classic? What’s Our Office Vibe?

July 26, 2023

Your office design could be a reason for lowering employee morale and deterring customers. 

You may be skeptical, but your choice of colors, furniture, and lighting can quickly impact their perception of your company whether you mean to or not. 

Designing an office is more than picking a few pieces of furniture and paint colors that you think look nice together. In fact, the psychology of design impacts our senses so powerfully that it can alter one’s opinion of your business within seconds. 

However, don’t let this discourage you. You can use interior design elements to your advantage to draw in more business and better employees without making drastic changes within your company. 

But how? 

Learning all of the details about office design can be challenging. And once you do learn them, it can be even more challenging to find time to implement these concepts into your office space. 

So where do you start? Here are 3 easy elements to look at — your style, message, and colors.


Here are a few options you may be interested in choosing from.

  • Contemporary | This design style heavily focuses on a Minimalist approach with clean lines and current trends. The neutral colors and stone/glass features create a calm and serene atmosphere. 
  • Modern | While similar in name to Contemporary, the Modern style tends to be more spacious and focuses on accessibility. In addition, while it also features a trendy minimalist concept, it often is a warmer, cozier style than Contemporary.
  • Classic | Also known as Traditional, this design style is great for creating a professional atmosphere. Like the name indicates, this design never goes out of style. And, when you’re ready to spruce things up, combine your timeless color palette with modern furniture to create an updated style known as Modern Classic. 
  • High-Tech | If you want a contemporary feel with the latest devices, the High-Tech style might be right for you. This means things like cold, light colors, LED lighting, glass, metal, or plastic furniture, and the latest technology.


You also need to ask yourself what message you want to convey. Office spaces can communicate a wide range of feelings and emotions through their design and ambiance. Here are a few options you may want to consider when designing your new space: 

Creativity: Inspiring and innovative office designs can foster a sense of creativity and encourage out-of-the-box thinking.

Comfort: A comfortable and inviting office environment can make employees and visitors feel at ease and relaxed.

Professionalism: Sleek, well-organized spaces with sophisticated decor can convey a sense of professionalism and credibility.

Collaboration: Open layouts and communal areas can encourage teamwork and a sense of collaboration among employees.

Tranquility: Offices with elements like natural light, greenery, and calming colors can promote a sense of tranquility and reduce stress.

Confidence: A well-designed office can instill confidence in both employees and clients, making them feel assured in the company’s abilities.

Welcoming: Warm and inviting office spaces can create a welcoming atmosphere for visitors and new employees.

Sophistication: Elegantly designed offices can convey sophistication and a sense of refinement.

Technology-driven: High-tech office spaces can project a forward-thinking and modern image for tech-oriented companies.


Color selection also plays a crucial role in shaping the atmosphere and mood of an office space. When used strategically, they can enhance productivity, creativity, and overall well-being of the employees and welcome and reassure clients and customers. 

Blue: Often associated with calmness and productivity, shades of blue can create a tranquil and focused environment. Lighter blues can promote clarity, while darker blues can evoke a sense of stability and authority.

Green: Symbolizing nature and growth, green can foster a sense of balance and harmony. It has a calming effect, making it suitable for spaces where creativity and concentration are essential.

Yellow: Known for its energy and optimism, yellow can stimulate creativity and positivity. However, excessive use of bright yellow might lead to overstimulation and distractibility.

Red: A bold and powerful color, red can increase heart rate and energy levels. It’s best used in moderation, as too much red can be overwhelming and may lead to feelings of agitation.

Orange: Combining the energy of red and the warmth of yellow, orange can promote enthusiasm and creativity. It’s often used as an accent color to add vibrancy to the space.

Purple: Representing sophistication and creativity, purple can add a touch of luxury to the office environment. Lighter shades can have a calming effect, while darker purples can convey a sense of opulence.

Neutral Colors (Gray, Beige, and White): Neutral colors create a clean and professional backdrop. They also provide flexibility, as they can be easily paired with other colors to create various moods.

Of course, there are countless other styles, colors, and concepts you may like that are all dependent on the message you want to convey and the nature of your business. Because of that, decisions on style and aesthetic preference can be overwhelming. You may even be facing decision paralysis from all of these options, delaying your office updates. If this sounds like you, we’re here to help. 

ROS is equipped with a professional design team to help you decide what message you want to convey to employees and customers. They have the knowledge of design psychology, spatial optimization, and everything in between to determine your design identity and bring your new office vision to life. 

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You don’t have to feel overwhelmed with the countless options and decisions. Reach out today and let’s build your office!