The COVID-19 pandemic forced the world to embrace a new working style with work from home and flexible work routines becoming the standard for many in the corporate world.

As Australians gradually return to the workplace with new guidelines in place, landlords, tenants and building managers have an opportunity to refresh the interior design of their properties, and consider new ways of creating positive work environments for employees.

Colour plays a huge role in creating positive spaces. The two complementary colours identified by Pantone for 2021 address the need for hope, strength, optimism and positivity in workplaces as well as public spaces as we navigate our way through the uncertainties of the pandemic.

Flooring specialist Interface closely monitors the global sentiment and believes that its customers must address this need when designing workspaces. With offices initiating strategies to implement social distancing and safe separation in the workplace, design elements, often driven by colour, have become more essential than ever in facilitating a sense of holistic wellbeing and security.

Wellbeing is the new normal in the post-COVID workplace.

Inviting interior designers to take inspiration from the Pantone Colour Institute’s annual colour trends, Interface offers a selection of modular flooring carpet tiles that are inspired by these trends and can be used to design beautiful positive spaces that generate happiness, strength, hope and wellbeing.

Tetchie Tregent, who heads the design studio and concept design team for Interface across Australia, says, “In terms of interior finishes, inspiration from Pantone’s Ultimate Gray can be used as a foundational base carpet for common areas such as workstation areas. Illuminating Yellow inspired materials can be used alongside these grey tones as the perfect complementary yet energising colour to zone areas of activation and collaboration within the office, as well as wayfinding and safe distance spaces.”

“Interface products that can help add a vibrant and uplifting vibe to interiors include new Broome Street in Yellow Glass. A contemporary flooring design, Broome Street embraces an unconventional grid pattern and features a lively injection of contemporary colour. It is perfect for defining zones within interior spaces.

“Our Offline Collection in Sage and Canary, Look Both Ways - Step It Up in Citrine, HN830 in Maize, norament grano 5330 and UR501 in Granite and Gold, also provide designers with stylish flooring solutions to bring positivity into communal spaces in commercial tenancies,” adds Tregent.

The marriage of yellow and grey is indeed the new on-trend, inspiring combination of the moment when designing office interiors.