The ideal modern office space is one that offers minimal distractions for productive employees, but has an open plan that still feels warm and inviting. This can be challenging to achieve, but a well thought out interior design plan can balance all of these elements. One area of any office design that often gets overlooked is the ceiling, yet this can be one of the most important parts of pulling together the overall aesthetics of any office. A wood ceiling is not usually the first material thought of in office design, but it can be one of the most creative, adaptable, and functional choices for a minimal and open office feel.
Creative Aesthetics of Wood Ceilings
Wood is one of the most beautiful design elements for any open office style. By bringing the outdoors in, wood can make an otherwise cold and stark ceiling feel warm and relaxed. For large, open office spaces, a wood ceiling will tie together all of the other elements of the space, without interfering with the overall flow of the work area. While an open office plan relies on keeping the space minimally furnished and without clutter, this style can often leave the area feeling bland. However, a wood ceiling can tie the room together with a warmer feel and interesting design elements without affecting the layout of the office space. Rather than a flat ceiling surface, wood can be used to create a unique or dramatic statement that adds interest to a minimalistic design.
Adaptable Aspects of Wood Ceilings
One of the biggest benefits of using wood in an office ceiling is its adaptability. Wood can be cut to fit any size space and fit into any angle. Curves, arches, overhangs, or unusual angles can be created with wood to achieve a certain look. It can also be used to hide awkward or unattractive architectural elements that cannot be removed, such as pipes or electrical conduits. Wood is also an ideal material to use for an office ceiling because it goes well with every other design element. From metal to concrete to bold paint colors, wood is a material that adapts to every other style element while also elevating the overall design and look of an office. It is unexpected, and therefore, uniquely appealing.
Functional Benefits of Wood Ceilings
Using wood for an office ceiling is not only attractive, but also a functional material that can provide a variety of benefits. Wood ceilings will add warmth to an open office plan, both aesthetically and thermally. Due to the air pockets inside the wood’s cellular structure, wood is a natural heat insulator. This means that using wood in ceilings, walls, and floors will keep the office warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Wood is also a natural sound absorbing material that is useful in creating a quieter office environment. Installing a wood ceiling in an office building is a good way to keep sound out from noisy upstairs neighbors, reducing employee distractions.
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Authored by Dawn Waterman, Armcom Distributing’s Interior Finishes Expert. This article was originally posted on the Armcom Blog.