Interior Design

Interior Design Trends for Commercial Properties

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Commercial properties benefit greatly from strong interior design.

Coming up with an interior design for a commercial property isn’t the easiest thing to do. After all, you can’t just focus on making a property look pretty – it has to be functional, and quite often, cost effective.

To further add to this problem, shoppers and staff are constantly evolving and settling on a design that will stand the test of time is something that even the experts struggle with. Fortunately, there are a few interior design trends for commercial properties that have stood the test of time. We’re going to take a look at a few of those in this article.

Cool Colors and Deep Tones

Cool colors and deep tones have been popular for the better part of a decade. When planning a design, you want to consider colors like pale gray and sage green as these blend effortlessly together while giving off a modern, contemporary vibe.

You can then use colors like taupe, beige, stone and ivory to add a bit of balance to your space. Luxury architect Peter Marino regularly uses gray in his commercial designs and you can get lots of inspiration from his Pinterest page.

Comfortable Furniture

In the past, function was key when it came to creating an interior design, but form has since overtaken. When we talk about form, we’re referencing things like comfortable sofas and ergonomic chairs.

Consumers and staff are both looking for quality from their furnishings, and this is something you need to factor in. This kind of furniture does tend to be more expensive but it’s almost always worth the cost.

Quirky Touches

In order to make your commercial space stand out, it’s a good idea to include a number of individual touches to your design. This could mean a unique mural drawn on the walls, or some hand designed tiles scattered throughout your floor.

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Form still follows function, especially in the workplace.

You may want to consult an expert, though, as there’s a very thin line between being individual and making your commercial space look cheap. The pros know how to get the balance just right.


Eco-friendliness is something that is on the minds of many businesses, and consumers as well. If you can pitch your business as one that cares for the environment, you will attract the attention of consumers who think the same way. Being eco-friendly doesn’t mean you need to add solar panels to your building, though. One great alternative that also looks great is photovoltaic glass. This has solar cells incorporated into the surface, so you literally can turn your windows into an energy generating device.


Finally, make sure you don’t overcrowd your space with furnishings and clutter. Today’s consumer and office worker likes to have a feeling of space, and most will not be happy being jammed into a tiny cubicle for eight hours a day.

When designing your commercial property, think about creating a communal design with an open workspace. You can use glass for partitioning walls if you need them.

These five interior design trends for commercial properties have stood the test of time and are sure to make your commercial property stand out for all the right reasons.

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