Commercial Design Trend Forecast for 2017

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With the start of 2017, we put together a selection of the top 5 commercial design trends we are looking forward to in 2017.

Stephanie Lee



At the beginning of each year, every industry claims to have a new theme or trend that defines their year. Some argue against following trends because of their cyclical nature, but in my opinion, it is imperative for design industries to stay current and constantly pushing the boundaries of conventional thought to remain relevant. Trends bring new challenges and new concepts to inform our designs.

Discovering opportunities for innovation takes imagination and insight. One of our health care projects for University of Southern California Endoscopy Suite Build Out speaks to how we as a firm have incorporated modern trends into our own work. We did this by incorporating contemporary yet classic finishes to enhance the experience of the people who it serves.

Trend 1: Color of The Year 2017



According to Pantone, Green is the color of the year for 20017. Not just any green, but green as in Pantone's shade "Greenery" (15-0343).

"Greenery is fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring." -- Pantone

Trend 2: Flexible Workspace Layouts




Open plan workspace layouts may not work for every person, every company type, or every office, but right now it is very trendy. It's the natural, cozy feeling that a lot of these finishes and details have that will continue to make this trend a popular one throughout 2017.

"Workplace culture is the most important factor to take into account when designing office spaces, according to research by Haworth. A 'collaborate' culture is best nurtured by a flexible environment with an organic layout, medium levels of enclosure, informal spaces and a low ratio of individual to group spaces." -- Haworth White Papers

Trend 3: Geometric Patterns






Based on FCA's research, shapes and patterns are back in a big way; popping up everywhere from fashion to home décor. Geometric patterns are a great way to grab a lot of attention when used appropriately.


Trend 4: Bringing the Outdoors Inside





Nature has a positive impact on your mind and health. When nature is incorporated within working environments it can reduce worker stress. The mix of natural materials such as cork, reclaimed wood, and a living wall can be great elements to add.


Trend 5: LED Lighting



LED (light-emitting diodes) lights, as you know, are ecologically friendly lights. They are up to 80% more efficient than traditional lighting, such as fluorescent and incandescent lights, and are easily adaptable to many environments. This will be a huge way to promote productivity and reduce expenses in commercial spaces and also improve the light quality in the area.