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Find happiness within your workspace with Biophilic design

Remote and hybrid working – two terms we are extremely well acquainted with now. As flexible working continues across the country between the office and home, many people have witnessed the benefits that interchanging work environments can have on both productivity and employee wellbeing.

But where does design come in? According to a recent article by Training Journal*, it’s been found that a poorly designed office can negatively affect staff members’ happiness. So, whilst everyone shifts from the commute to the work-from-home desk, it’s wise to consider the go-to design functions to help enhance each workspace.

A popular interior design choice that is associated with positive spaces is Biophilic design.

Biophilia is defined as an instinct to connect with nature and all living things, which plays a big part in Biophilic design functions. The connection to nature has been found to support mental health and cognitive functions, whilst reducing stress and improving creativity. Not only that, but the sustainable aspects of Biophilic design are innovating buildings and homes. Characterised by natural flora amongst airy, bright spaces, these design schemes are all ways to improve health and wellbeing within a working space.

The particular combination of greenery and natural timber - in the form of a desk or meeting table, can provide an inviting space that acts as the ultimate stress reliever, whilst also improving air quality and respiratory health.

Atkinson & Kirby's trend, 'Zen Living', encapsulates this notion of choosing designs that benefit your happiness and wellbeing, as well as offering an easy way to introduce more sustainable products to your home or workspace.  By investing in quality materials with a long lifespan such as Atkinson & Kirby's environmentally certified low maintenance wood flooring, people can incorporate sleek designs into their workspaces that are also self sustaining.

To achieve this trend, Wyvis Smoked Oak’s natural tones are perfect for adding a timeless feel that will compliment any décor in years to come. Likewise, Chiswick Oak can create a light, spacious workspace, whether that be at home or the office. Ness Smoked Oak and its beautifully aged look also complements an earthy colour palette and added greenery, as demonstrated at Whitworth Locke, Manchester.

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