Bold colour in the office

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The power of bold colour in the office

 

Modern offices are a far stretch from the magnolia walls and brown carpet tiles you might remember from decades ago. As growing research supports the idea that colour in the office can help boost productivity and staff morale, companies are using colour in their offices more than ever before.

Make offices fun and engaging

Bright colour splashes, comfortable seating, flexible layouts and creative meeting spaces are replacing dull and uninspiring interiors in offices across the country. In the 21st century, many modern businesses are choosing to make their offices a fun, engaging and creative space, where their employees enjoy working and want to spend time.

Staff happiness and wellbeing are increasingly crucial to businesses, from tiny start-ups to major international corporations. There are many ways forward-thinking companies are changing their spaces to get the best out of their staff, from co-working spaces to smoothie bars and to new commercial flooring, that clearly reflects the activity of the space. Many office managers are making use of bold colours and shades, which are taking over the interior design world to create an office that boosts mood and enhances performance.

The value of colour

The value of colour and design in office spaces has also been proven in several scientific studies. Research has shown that 80% of office staff in the UK think that the colour of their surroundings plays a significant role in both their emotions and performance. However, despite this, 67% of participants thought their offices were drab and dismal and 98% disliked modern offices with a high-tech look, with white walls and tinted glass windows. With this in mind, its important businesses try and avoid bleak, corporate and uninspiring spaces and embrace colourful design and imaginative design solutions.

Design can play a crucial role in attracting the best and brightest new talent. A modern, colourful office is essential for creative businesses like architects, marketing companies and tech businesses. If staff productivity is a concern in your business, it could be worth looking at introducing new colours. Blue has been shown to enhance mood and aid brain function, and green interiors have been used to calm and soothe for many years. Mood-boosting colours like orange and yellow can also help with promoting creativity.

How Duraflor can help

One great way of introducing colours to the office is a bright and bold floor. At Duraflor, we have a stunning range of colourful commercial carpet tiles which are perfect for a modern office. Our new hexxtile range is a great choice, with a modern, geometric design that appeals to millennials and modern businesses.

With commercial carpet tiles, you don’t have to settle on just one colour either. Different colours can be used to demark spaces, like meeting rooms and break rooms in an open-plan office. A pattern can be created with geometric floor tiles to introduce pops of colour, creating a unique and inspiring look. The design scheme of an office is increasingly important as your business grows and takes on new staff. Getting the basics right, like a colourful commercial floor and bright feature walls gives your employees the best chance to enjoy their surroundings and work to their best ability.

Call us to discuss your project today.

Flooring safety tips

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5 Flooring Safety Tips

 

Here are five easy ways of reducing the risks of slips, trips and falls in the workplace for both workers and visitors. It all begins with effective floor safety practices.

According to an accidents report by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), trips, slips and falls are the leading causes of non-fatal accidents in the workplace. These types of injuries result in losses amounting to thousands of pounds through settlements, compensations, and other expenses. Below are five tips to observe floor safety.

1) Encourage basic housekeeping practices

Maintain a neat and well-organised workplace to reduce the number of potential tripping hazards on the floor and pathways. Many tripping accidents occur when the victims encounter an unexpected obstacle along their path. Some of the common culprits include cables, open drawers, work tools, misplaced furniture, and litter.

Implement the 5S (Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardise, Sustain) system of housekeeping to declutter and organise things in the workplace. The 5S principle is an easy-to-follow system for keeping your workplace clean, tidy, and safe.

2) Clean up spills immediately

Spills are a common cause of most slipping accidents, especially on non-carpeted smooth surfaces and tiled floors. Occasional spills of drinks, food, and other material are unavoidable. Whenever this happens, it’s always best to clean up the mess immediately to prevent its spread and avoid accidents. Besides, some spills can penetrate deep into the flooring material and cause permanent damage if left to sit for a long time.

Enforce a strict procedure for handling spills, and keep fast-drying cleaning supplies handy to clear away slip hazards quickly. We have written a couple of useful articles on cleaning carpet tiles and vinyl flooring.

3) Maintain proper lighting

Keep the pathways, aisles, stairs and other critical areas well lit to improve visibility. Unlikely obstacles can easily be hidden in darkness and shadows. Installing floor lights, spotlights, and even luminous or reflective guide tapes goes a long way in helping individuals identify and avoid potential slipping and tripping hazards.

4) Signage

Mark the floor appropriately to call out potential hazards if there are any. It could be to a slippery surface, loose surface, gap, raised floor surface, or missing step. The signs can be portable cones or stickers and markings on the walls and floor. The most important thing is that the signs are well labelled and clearly visible to draw attention and guide movement around obstacles.

5) Repair damaged surfaces

It’s essential to run regular floor care and maintenance practices to prevent and remedy various flooring defects that develop over time. The defects and maintenance methods largely depend on the floor type and floor loading.

With these simple flooring safety tips you can reduce risks. Get in touch with us to learn more about our commercial flooring options.

Best flooring for restaurants

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Identify the best flooring for restaurants

 

The best flooring materials suitable for a restaurant include vinyl sheets, carpet tiles, and vinyl tiles. Here, we explore these materials in more detail. There are multiple things to consider as the floor must be appealing to target customers, whilst being safe and practical.

1. Vinyl Sheets

There are different types of vinyl sheets available and each should be considered for their durability, safety properties (slip resistance), and stain resistance. Vinyl sheets have the lowest porosity compared to other materials which makes them easy to clean. The characteristics of vinyl make it suitable for dining areas and commercial bathrooms and especially relevant for kitchens. A key consideration for choosing vinyl sheets for kitchens is there are less joints (with it usually being purchased in 2m rolls). Vinyl can last for over twenty years if well maintained. Many safety vinyl floors contain anti-microbial properties. For a kitchen area where there is a greater risk of slips, we recommend a slip rating of at least R10.

2. Luxury Vinyl Tiles

Vinyl tile is another material that is an ideal flooring for restaurants. The components of the vinyl material have high that enables it to withstand footfalls of high pressure. Vinyl can be cleaned easily, ensuring any spills are easily removed to prevent a customer or employee slipping. A key benefit is the luxury feel that can be achieved in either wood or stone effect, which has much of the authenticity of the natural product but major advantages in terms or maintenance. For very fast and easy installation a looselay such as AXIS could be considered. With vinyl tiles you also have opportunities to zone areas, perhaps defining convenient sections, such as bar standing areas and more evident walkways.

3. Carpet Tiles

Carpet tile is another material that is very convenient in terms of durability, installation, and cost. They also usually come with very strong sustainability credentials. Carpet tiles exist in different shapes and colours, which allows them to fit in any dimension of a project. They have acoustic benefits and have the ability to lift a room. Again they can provide an excellent way to zone off an area. Maintenance of carpet tiles is also quite easy. Carpet can create a warmer, cosier environment but should not be used in the kitchen workspace, as spills can not be cleaned as easily as vinyl.

How to bring nature into the office

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How to bring nature into the office – a different perspective

 

There are many things that affect productivity and wellbeing within office design. Colour is a major factor that many designers will naturally consider. And, we have previously looked at shapes in office flooring, and how that impacts moods. What is also well documented by ourselves and others, is of course the benefits of biophilic design on both wellbeing and productivity.

However, there are many creative ways too bring nature into the office design, so we decided to put a slightly different spin on all this.

We consider the importance of shapes in more detail

Research has found that shapes can have a profound impact on productivity levels. The greatest criticism is that today’s modern offices are rather clinical in their design.

However, that doesn’t have to be the case. Studies have shown that people are drawn to and inspired by shapes that can be found in nature. A beautiful example of this is with the Moose Toys Offices located in Australia. On first entering their office, you can see a tree with a treehouse in it. The natural beacon is stunning and matches their brand’s values and core competencies.

We look at how might you build shape into your office designs

1. Decorate pillars as if they’re trees

Feature walls are popular, especially living walls, but they don’t have to be the only green area. Consider both through plants and graphics, extending  trees out of pillars in the office. You might be able to create a natural forest feeling in the office and break down some of the clinical straight lines that define many offices. Green is also a great colour for enhancing moods within an office.

2. Break up the ceiling space with hanging plants

Hanging plants are a great way to break up square designs and are an effective way to introduce nature into the office. A few hanging up around the office space will break apart the unnatural look of square roofing.

3. Add small trees to the sides of doors

There is little you can do about the shape of a door, but you can hide how square it is by putting trees either side of the frame. And for windows, you can use window boxes full of plants to break up their design.

4. Change the furniture

Look around for desks that have curves or designs that look more natural. You can also incorporate more natural materials, this can be wood or stone for example.

In Conclusion

Using natural shapes in design is an important aspect of office design. Research has shown that it can help relax workers in the building and creates a more positive environment. In addition, it is great for improving the productivity and quality of work.

Using flooring to match brand identity

office using flooring to match brand identity

Consider using flooring to match your brand identity

 

To establish and communicate a strong corporate brand identity, companies need to consider a wide range of passive marketing methods.

You may have carefully crafted a robust brand for your organisation and all the positioning statements and identity guidelines that surround it. And now, it might be worth considering how to reflect the branding in your passive communications, such as staff uniforms, vehicle livery and head office interior design. This could include weighing up the pros and cons of putting in new flooring to match your brand identity.

Do workspace floors matter in passive marketing?

Buying commercial carpets or tiling in complementary colours to your chosen corporate colour scheme can make a strong statement.

It’s not just about showing a well-orchestrated and proud corporate identity to your visitors. Having your brand reflected in your workspace sends a message to staff too. It can position your organisation as highly cohesive and shows pride in your brand positioning.

Well thought out office interiors can also show staff that you want to create a unified organisation, all working towards the same bold vision.

It’s sometimes the little details that say the most about a company. That includes showing how creative and consistent your organisation is, by promoting your corporate identity right down to the ground!

How easy is it to match flooring to brand identity?

Fortunately, thanks to the creative modern flooring designs available, it’s possible to select from a wide range of options, to ‘brand’ your building. This includes a colour palette of both Luxury Vinyl Tiles and Carpet Tiles.

If you have deep enough pockets you could commission flooring that has your corporate logo woven into it. That is not only expensive but also makes updates and repairs tricky, and holds you to ransom if you decide to change your brand identity!

It’s far more cost-effective and flexible to choose commercial flooring in the correct colour scheme to complement or reflect your logo.

At the very least, having white or grayscale vinyl floors, or using neutral carpets and carpet tiles means bold use of corporate colours on the rest of your interior design really stands out.

Other ways to use flooring to match your brand identity

If your company wants to show how organised and well-structured it is, using different types and shades of commercial flooring can help you to zone your workspace. For example, a company with a strong emphasis on collaborative culture could have warm, relaxed flooring in breakout areas and more business-like floor designs around workstations. Or, you could have a separate floor covering for your different project groups, to engender team spirit and unity.

You could ever create a rather zany and colourfully memorable floor if your company is positioning itself as a corporate maverick!

However you play it, flooring can be an easy and impressive way to send a message to anyone who sets foot in your business premises.

How commercial flooring can impact productivity

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The flooring considerations that can impact productivity

 

Employees will spend the vast majority of their working day in the office, or their respective commercial environment, and it’s essential to ensure that these working hours are spent as productively and efficiently as possible. Your choice of commercial flooring can have a big impact on this, so when choosing the flooring that is right for you, take a look some of the flooring considerations that can impact productivity

1. Noise

High levels of background noise will impact an employee’s ability to focus and concentrate. This will result in decreased cognitive ability, and lower performance standards. This problem increases in open offices, where the lack of walls will reduce the total surface area, meaning less sound energy is absorbed.

However, choosing the correct office flooring can help to reduce this loud background noise. Commercial carpets and carpet tiling are extremely effective at soaking up sound, as the fibres in the tiles have a large surface area. This allows the sound energy to be absorbed into the material, rather than being reflected back out into the office. The thicker and denser the carpet, the more noise that will be absorbed, so it’s well worth considering this as an option in offices and open commercial areas.

We previously wrote a detailed article about the effect of noise on health and productivity.

2. Ease of cleaning

No employee wants to work in an area with a dirty floor, and studies have shown that the higher the level of cleanliness a commercial area has, the higher the productivity of the workers in the space. As such, if you choose a flooring such as vinyl sheets or vinyl tiles, these can be cleaned extremely easily and effectively. Not only will the cleanliness help to improve productivity, but the ease of cleaning will also encourage anyone who makes a mess to quickly clean it up.

Vinyl flooring works especially well in areas that are prone to mess and spills, such as commercial kitchens and breakout areas.

3. Colours and design

Mood, and thus productivity, can be impacted by the colours and design of your office, and this includes the flooring too. Dark and drab areas are likely to induce feelings of depression, whereas bright colours are more likely to help improve motivation and encourage feelings of happiness. A modern and inviting design will also improve the mood of any visitors, which can be great for making a potential client happy or encouraging an interviewee. We have written a detailed article on colour which you may find of interest, also this infographic might inspire you further.

There are many different ways of improving office productivity. Taking note of some of the flooring considerations that impact productivity is just one way you can ensure you create a happy and productive environment in the office.

4 ways to use flooring to make your office space flow better

Vinyl flooring helping the flow of an office

Use flooring to maximise the flow of your office space.

 

Whether your office space is large or small, it will always make a better impression on your employees and clients if it feels open, airy, and spacious. Below are 4 ways you can maximise the flow of your office space.

Within the first seven seconds, a prospective client or employee will have formed a solid first impression of your business. Employees who feel inspired by the spaces in which they work tend to be happier and more productive. This doesn’t mean your office space has to be large, but it does need to flow. It should feel open, airy and spacious; a positive space in which to work. A huge part of this is the flooring, something which many businesses don’t consider when fitting out their new spaces. Here are 4 simple ways to help your office space flow better, whatever the square footage.

1. Consider diagonal flooring

The way a floor is installed can really affect the flow of a space. If using carpet tiles or vinyl, consider asking your fitter to install them diagonally. This creates an illusion of space and openness, with the eye being drawn to the widest part of the pattern, closest to the entrance. The improved floor definition can actually help to make that all-important first impression when clients enter your business premises.

2. Darker and lighter colour tones

Lighter flooring gives the illusion of more space in any room, especially when paired with white walls and plenty of natural light. However, darker flooring with light walls can create a more dramatic, modern look. Darker floors can make a room seem smaller and sometimes that is exactly what you want to achieve. It is important to consider this when you have a large over powering space.  We cover this in more detail in one of Practical Design blogs.

Another consideration, is keeping the same pattern in either luxury vinyl tiles or carpet tiles. However using contrasting shades to highlight feature areas and give direction. You don’t have to stick to rigid linear shapes to make this work to dramatic effect – another advantage of both vinyl and carpet tiles.

3. Consistent flooring

Consistency is key to helping your office space flow. Choosing the same flooring throughout your space will help to draw people through it, and create an overall impression of unity, especially in smaller areas such as meeting rooms. If you need to change flooring material, such as in bathrooms or kitchens, choose complementary colours or patterns so the visual impression stays intact. We also recommend both our Freedom Collection and Natural Terrain Collections as we use the same colour bank across multiple designs to give you a very smooth transition into different rooms. This is all done while maintaining consistency of colour. See our Carpet Tile Ranges for more detail.

4. Keep your flooring visible

Once you’ve spent all that time choosing the right flooring, make sure you can see as much of it as possible! Every office space needs a plethora of storage space, whether this is for files, stationery supplies or reference books. An excellent way to help your space flow better is to install shelving on the walls, rather than taking up floor space with filing cabinets. These tend to divide the space and make it feel more like a series of small spaces, rather than one open and airy workspace.

Why commercial flooring choices matter

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Help in making the right commercial flooring choices

 

This article looks at the reasons why you need to carefully consider your commercial flooring choices and different aspects which should be thought about to improve its overall effectiveness.

The floor of your commercial area needs to look great for so many different reasons. The right choice can help to create a good first impression for new clients, can increase employee productivity, and help to define the office space. Depending on the footfall of your office, you also need to make choices about the durability and sustainability of your floor, so commercial carpet tiles, vinyl flooring, and entrance matting should all be key considerations.

But just as much as the flooring of your commercial area matters, did you know that the design of the flooring is just as important? Performance, morale, mood, efficiency and even sense of personal wellbeing can all be impacted by office design, so it’s essential to get this right. By using flooring to create an area which naturally encourages productivity and teamwork will present a high return on investment, and your business should see these results in their figures.

Colour and shapes

One of the most simple ways of using flooring to impact the design of the office is by varying colour in different areas. If different areas of your office are suited to different tasks, then a change in the flooring colour will help to define each area and allow workers to switch to their new task with greater ease. Commercial carpet tiles are a great way to achieve this effect, as different colours can easily be installed together without extra work.

By researching the psychology of colour and shapes, you can ensure that the colour choices made will help boost the utility of each area. Research has shown that humans inherently link different colours with different moods, and this is something employers can take advantage of. Consider light blue for break-rooms, green for creative spaces and purple for collaborative areas.

Patterns

Patterns can be another great way to use commercial flooring designs to help to improve your office’s image and boost productivity. Creative environments always benefit from the unexpected. A break from traditional monochrome and standard shapes will help to increase the creative flow in employees because they can take inspiration from the space around them.

Equally, meeting rooms should promote the opposite effect and remove potential distractions such as bright colours and unusual patterns. However, this doesn’t mean you should just use dull colours! An extremely effective method is to use slightly varying hues of the same design in your flooring.

Each commercial space is different, and it’s important to consider how commercial flooring can be fully utilised for your company. When introduced properly, you will see quick results, so why not speak to a specialist today?

Cleaning Vinyl Flooring – tips and tricks

Vinyl flooring

A guide to cleaning vinyl flooring

 

A key benefit of vinyl flooring is its ease of maintenance, but the benefits of this can only be felt if the floor is cleaned properly! Here are a few tips and tricks to cleaning vinyl flooring, so it looks fresh and as good as the day it was purchased.

1. Use entrance matting

If you can reduce the amount of dirt and dust that is being brought onto your vinyl floor, then you reduce the amount you have to clean later. Commercial entrance matting is an obvious solution, ensuring that any loose particles are removed from shoes before being tracked into the office. This ensures all stones and other materials are quickly removed, and that nothing will scratch or damage the vinyl surface.

2. Regular cleaning

If you remove dirt and dust that builds up on a daily basis, then you can ensure that it won’t get ground into the material through constant foot traffic. Daily dust mopping or using a soft broom to collect all the foreign materials will allow your vinyl to last longer, and presents an efficient way of keeping your vinyl flooring looking new for as long as possible.

3. Use low-impact techniques

Rather than automatically using heavy-duty cleaners which blast dirt away with force, it’s best to consider low-impact techniques to ensure the longevity of your vinyl floor.

Daily dust mopping is highly recommended to remove dirt. It may also be necessary to clean the tile by using a damp mop or auto scrubber. If cleaning with a damp mop, you should use a neutral pH cleaner. If using an auto scrubber, the Red 3M pad is recommended. 

4. Use protective feet on your office furniture

Heavy office furniture, including desks and chairs which have to hold weights such as computers and people, may damage or dent your vinyl flooring. This is especially true of furniture that stays in the same place. These dents can be prevented by fitting all of your office furniture with specially designed floor protectors. Often inexpensive, they can really help your vinyl flooring to last longer.

5. If discolouration occurs

It i s important to wipe immediately with a paper towel or cloth. If spots have already dried, they might be removed using a plastic scraper. The area should then be washed with diluted cleaning agent using a damp cloth or sponge. 

If obstinate spots remain remove with a firm nylon sponge. Should the spot still remain, moisten a cloth with clear odourless mineral spirits and rub with circular movements over the whole area. Always test in an inconspicuous area to check for compatibility of the mineral spirits and flooring 

6. General notes

Always clean your vinyl floor regularly, and ensure that the cleaning equipment you use is also clean. Clean up any spills immediately, and when using cleaning products, never mix products from different manufacturers, as they may not be compatible. One final tip for you – always follow the manufacturers’ recommendations!

For more details take a look at our cleaning and maintenance guides for LVT and Safety Flooring.

Why vinyl flooring for commercial spaces

Different pattern of vinyl tiles on floor advantages of vinyl for commercial spaces

The advantage of vinyl flooring in commercial spaces

 

This article looks at vinyl flooring, considers all of its advantages and shows how effective it could be when used as your commercial flooring solution.


When installed correctly, vinyl floors look amazing. Designed to replicate a large number of different styles, you can get the aesthetic appeal of something luxurious at a fraction of the price.

Vinyl flooring can be used to mimic wood, natural stone and tiles, all in a variety of colours and patterns, all while allowing durability and easy maintenance – something which appeals to a large number of commercial users. For more detail on different types of commercial flooring see our blog on the subject.

Some of the main benefits of vinyl flooring are:

1. Choice of design and type

Designs and manufacture have come a long way since vinyl first appeared on the scene. Vinyl flooring comes primarily in three sizes. Vinyl sheeting is a modern variation of old linoleum, and allows for texture in your flooring, with ease of installation. The fact sheet vinyl can be installed in just one or two solid unbroken pieces means it is a better barrier to moisture, which is why in areas where moisture is a regular occurrence it is often chosen over planks and tiles.

Vinyl tiles enable you to make a pattern on your floor area, or create a more natural look. Vinyl planks mimic hardwood planks and come in a range of lengths and widths – small herringbone pieces for example enable you to recreate a traditional floor style that is still very much on trend.

2. Durability and sustainability

Vinyl flooring is extremely durable. There are a number of coating options you can choose to help increase scuff and mark protection, but vinyl is usually resistant enough in areas of normal foot traffic. We recommend looking at the specification and ensuring that it is Class 33 for commercial use (EN649/33). We also recommend that it has a minimum R10 Slip Rating.

One extra advantage of vinyl tiles and planks is the ability to change certain areas of the floor without needing to replace the whole area, so is a great option for busy offices and a cost saving option in the long run. For even speedier installation and ability to change flooring, looselay (such as Axis) is the perfect solution. Another advantage is that vinyl has become a more sustainable option, usually containing a high proportion of recycled material.

4. Ease of maintenance and installation

One key advantage of vinyl over its fabric counterparts is its ease of cleaning. Vinyl resists liquid, so any spillages or drops can quickly be mopped up, and they won’t sink into the material and leave a stain. Dust and dirt can easily be cleaned from vinyl flooring too, which makes it ideal for areas which need to maintain high hygiene standards. For more details on how easy it is to maintain vinyl flooring read our article on the subject.