Game-Changing Commercial Interior Design Trends of 2024

Revolutionize your workspaces by tapping into the trends people want to experience.

Commercial Interior Design Trends in 2024

As we step into a new year, the world of commercial interiors is undergoing a vibrant transformation. The year ahead promises to be an exhilarating journey for design enthusiasts and commercial interior design firms alike, as unique, forward-thinking concepts take center stage in shaping the spaces where we work, shop, dine, and unwind.
Here, we’ll explore:

Why 2024 is the Year of Bold, Innovative Spaces

The convergence of technology, sustainability, and human-centric design has sparked a wave of creativity that is redefining commercial spaces. No longer just a place of utility, commercial spaces are leaning into their power to inspire, comfort, and promote a sense of belonging.

As businesses seek to differentiate themselves in an increasingly competitive landscape, the demand for distinctive and memorable interiors has never been higher. This year presents an unprecedented opportunity for designers to push boundaries, experiment with unconventional materials and forms, and challenge traditional norms to create environments that cater to all the senses and enhance functionality.

With this in mind, let’s look at the top five interior design trends of 2024 that will set a new tone for commercial spaces.

The Marshall Birnimgham 2.0, delivering in ’24

1. Sustainable Chic

Green is the new black in 2024. No, we’re not talking colors here—we’re referring to using eco-friendly materials to create visual luxury without sacrifice.

Alongside energy efficiency, green certifications, and water conservation, visual elements can also contribute to a building’s eco-friendliness. Popular elements include:

  • Bamboo
  • Natural light
  • Pre-cast concrete
  • Salvage materials
  • Cork

Sustainable building has been on the rise for years, but we predict 2024 will be the year it’s embraced as an intention rather than an afterthought. With commercial buildings being responsible for 37% of carbon emissions, owners are turning to interior design to help offset some of their footprint while also achieving ESG goals.

Elan Research Park

2. Flexibility Unleashed

The rise of remote work has led workers and building owners alike to rethink the way commercial spaces are used. With office vacancy topping more than 20%, it’s clear that the pre-pandemic office no longer fits present-day businesses. It’s essential to adapt commercial designs to the way we work today, which requires a great deal of flexibility.

Recreating spaces that can shift in size, scope, and purpose will be a priority for many organizations in 2024. This may include downsizing spaces, trading cubicles for shared workspaces, or adding modular furniture that can be used for a variety of people and purposes, for example.

Today’s workers expect experiences in the office they can’t get at home. Creating flexible, comfortable spaces that are conducive to the type of work done on-site not only justifies the return to the office but also improves the overall employee experience.

Work spaces at Elan Research Park

3. Tech-Infused Environments

Commercial interior design meets technology in 2024, where building owners embrace the “work smarter, not harder” mantra. Tech-forward designs can enhance efficiency in the workplace (whether that’s an office or a home) and create the right balance of spaces that promote productivity and relaxation so everyone is empowered to do their best work.

Some examples of tech-forward interior design include:

  • Smart desk booking to right-size the company’s desks, equipment, and overall footprint
  • Building monitoring technology to maximize air quality, HVAC usage, and space utilization
  • Accessible charging stations to improve productivity and comfort
  • Smart lighting to create different atmospheres, save money, and contribute to ESG goals

Integrating tech in interior design makes physical offices more accessible while catering to the way employees work on-site.

4. Nature Meets Commercial

Diving deeper into the sustainability trend, biophilia design is poised to make its mark in commercial interior design. More people are proactively pursuing nature for enhanced well-being.

Companies are realizing that incorporating green spaces, natural lighting, and organic materials not only enhances the aesthetic appeal but also contributes to a healthier and more inspiring work environment.

Examples of bringing the outdoors in include:

  • Natural light
  • Greenery
  • Organic building materials
  • Earthy colors
  • Green roofs
  • Outdoor workspaces
  • Adjustable lighting

Biophilic design bridges the gap between urban settings and nature, offering a fresh and rejuvenating approach to work spaces.

Nature Meets Commerical: Skylounge at Coventry Marketplace brings the outdoors in

5. The Texture Tango

Mixed materials create visual intrigue in commercial spaces. They add depth and texture, foster illusions, and make spaces more interesting.

It’s how a marble countertop adds elegance to a rustic bare-brick-walled restaurant – Or how concrete and reclaimed wood can add an industrial chic vibe to a retail store. – Or how soft leather or suede furniture feels cozier against floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

This trend not only adds visual interest but also creates a sensory experience that adds character to otherwise sterile commercial spaces.

Differentiation will be a key theme of 2024, and the boundless innovation that mixed materials offer will help commercial spaces of all shapes and sizes develop an ambiance that’s truly their own.

Our historic renovation for Clayton Spinning Mills is a great example of this though we do not have any renderings. You can use a few images of design board within the blog itself but I wouldn’t necessarily use this image as a feature image on socials. This historic brick mill building is being updated using both traditional materials like wood and other stones, but is being given fresh life through updates leathers and textures which pay homage to the buildings history. Also custom moss wall art brings another layer of texture to this design.

The Grand Finale

We predict 2024 will be a banner year for commercial interior design. These trends not only offer a stark visual contrast to current aesthetics, but also offer an opportunity for commercial building owners to align their designs with consumer values and priorities.

We’re excited for what lies ahead and are ready to serve you in transforming your commercial interiors. Get in touch today and let’s create something beautiful together.