Office Design Colour Trends 2017

With a New Year well under way, we’re looking forward to 2017 being chock full of office design and fit out projects.

To ensure that the projects we work on are right at the cutting-edge of workplace design, I’ve asked our Paramount design team to give us their hottest office design trends for 2017.

We like to lead by example at Paramount, so we’re actually going to be making some exciting changes in our own ShowOffice in early 2017 to reflect predicted future trends within workplace interiors.

First up, with a focus on office design colour trends in 2017 are Gareth and Stevie.

Gareth’s prediction - Gold is the new Copper

2016 was a big year for copper. You just have to read my Tom Dixon Design Icon blog to discover that I’m slightly obsessed with its use in interior design.

It managed to make an appearance in our everyday lives through furniture and lighting design. I believe that in 2017 the trend will continue but move on from coppery hues towards the brassy/gold colours of the metallic spectrum.


Gold has always been associated with class and wealth in our culture. The perception being that only those with a higher position on the corporate ladder deserve a lavish office with gold features to match their status.

But the hierarchy of the office is being broken down. The likes of Mark Zuckerberg are choosing to sit amongst their own staff rather than behind-closed-doors. So I think we can expect to see more gold metallic finishes and prints in more communal areas of a workplace. Whether it’s the accessories in a tea point, open-plan office furniture or even reception desks.


Manufacturers have already picked up on the potential trend, offering the additional option of gold trimmings on all their favourite pieces of office furniture, including the Isomi reception desk and the Design Heure lighting fixtures I saw at 100% Design 2016.


I predict that gold will really take off this year with colour combinations of black and gold or teal and gold being among the favourites. So if you want to bring some elegance and sophistication to your office then 2017 is the time to do it.

Despite being a designer who is obsessed (and I mean obsessed) with Copper, I’ve somehow turned towards the Gold side this year and I am excited to see what I can create with it.

Stevie’s prediction – 50 Shades of Green

The relationship between colour and mood has been studied for decades.

Back in 1979, Alexander Schauss found that painting the walls of American prisons pink reduced aggressive behaviour! The University of Central Lancashire explored how workplace colour influenced the performance and productivity of employees. And more specifically, the University of British Columbia found evidence to support the fact that blue and green has a calming effect on staff.


Perhaps it’s no coincidence then that Pantone’s colour of the year for 2017 is Greenery. “A refreshing and revitalising shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.”

That’s why green is my prediction as the colour trend for 2017. Deep or vibrant shades of green can be associated with balance, nature and relaxation. Perfect for putting your staff at ease and getting them to concentrate on the task at hand.


I think it’s the cosy design trend that we won’t be ditching anytime soon. Designers will definitely see green creeping onto their colour pallet this season. And not just on the walls but carpets, wallpapers and fabrics too.

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