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16 Commercial Office Design Ideas for 2021

May 17, 2021
Commercial Office Design

For many businesses, 2021 is a chance to start fresh. After many companies were forced to partially or fully close their buildings in 2020, they are beginning to reopen and welcome employees back from their homes, ready to get back to in-person operations.

These 16 commercial office design ideas will help to create a space that is both modern and comfortable as people return to the workplace.

1. Multi-Directional Sound Reduction

Commercial Office Design: 16 Ideas and Trends for 2021

“Confidential Office Space Reception Lounge”, Gensler, DPR Construction, ©Gensler – Ryan Gobuty (Photographer), Featuring: SoundAngle® by Arktura


Dynamic commercial offices need dynamic commercial office design. This need is met with SoundAngle® ceiling system’s multi-directional design. Its Soft Sound® acoustical material in combination with the angled design drastically reduces sound reverberations and noise from any direction. Available in a range of colors and finishes, this design element is as functional as it is beautiful.

2. Tiered Seating With Cozy Touches

Trace® Curved installed in amphitheater.

“Tiered Seating Area” Featuring: Trace® Curved by Arktura


Time to ditch the conference room for tiered seating where everyone feels like they’re in on the action. Cozy touches like cushions, comfy seats and house plants make each meeting a pleasure to attend. To make the space even more user-friendly, Trace® Curved panels elevate the space and provide additional brightness with InLine lighting or backlighting.

3. Make the Ceiling a Standout Design Element

Atmosphera® Custom Analog 3D by Arktura - Commercial Office Design

“Mead Johnson” Chicago, IL, Partners by Design – CH, Tom Harris Architectural Photography, Featuring: Atmosphera® Custom Analog 3D by Arktura


An often overlooked design space, the ceiling can enhance a design while also acting as a functional element. Intentional ceiling design is especially impactful in a small space where too much on the wall or floor would overcrowd the space. 

In small spaces, such as hallways, many just pass through without feeling any impact. Incorporating Atmosphera® Custom Analog 3D allows impressive noise reduction in tight spaces thanks to their Soft Sound® construction. This installation of Soft Sound® Wood Texture provides the organic aesthetic of real wood while supplying practical and improved acoustics.

4. Divide Multi-Functional Space

SoftScreen® Trace by Arktura - Commercial Office Design

“Open Office Conference Area” Featuring: SoftScreen® Trace by Arktura


Open concept offices and coworking spaces have seen a rise in popularity in recent years, but with increased popularity have come increased issues. Among them are sound control in an open area and a need to separate spaces for different purposes. 

SoftScreen® Trace solves both of these problems at once. With Soft Sound® covered interconnected threads, this partition allows you to separate a space while also providing acoustic support.

5. Choose a Sophisticated, Neutral Tone 


“Calm, Open Office Space” Featuring: SoftGrid® Deca by Arktura


If there’s a more sophisticated palette than black, white and gray, we don’t know what it is. This classic color combination integrates with SoftGrid® Deca acoustic ceiling modules to encourage focus and productivity within a calming environment.  

6. Separate Workspaces for Health Safety

SoftScreen® by Arktura  - Commercial Office Design

“Separation with Style” Featuring: SoftScreen® by Arktura


Adding wall panels to create partitions between workspaces is more important than ever. As people return to the office amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, mitigating the spread of germs is a top priority, but the partitions don’t have to be clinical or boring. 

SoftScreen® acoustic wall panels are covered in high-performance sound-attenuating Soft Sound® material, they reduce the impact of noise while reducing the spread of germs. They are also available in a wide variety of color and style options, offering various levels of openness and striking patterns that are sure to fit your office aesthetic. In this example, we see the half perforated Alcazar product in both white and Soft Sound® wood texture with a golden oak finish. 

7. Space Age Splendor

Arktura - VaporSoft Trail with Backer Frosted

“Cyber Fusion” Derwood, MD, HOK – DC, Jason Flakes – Visual 14 Photography, Featuring: VaporSoft® Trail by Arktura


The availability of technology has an ever-increasing effect on productivity. So, creating a commercial office design where technology reigns supreme will allow productivity to flourish. To tamper the effect of noise and reverberations, VaporSoft® Trail comes with Soft Sound® acoustic faces, to organically reduce noise, with the option to add integrated backlighting, as shown here, to seamlessly pair sound attenuation with stunning illumination. You can add Soft Sound® backers, to enhance acoustic control even further. Either way, the end result is a ceiling design that creates a comfort and adds practicality to commercial office spaces.

8. Define Spaces With Style

Arktura Solution Studio fin wall

“Corporate Headquarters” Los Angeles, LA, AECOM, Featuring: A Fin Wall System by Arktura


Where separate spaces are needed, a traditional wall isn’t always the best option. A Fin Wall system, however, can act as a focal point while also defining separate spaces and enhancing a company’s branding in the design and color choices. 

9. Combine Form and Function

Arktura Vapor Graphic Perf Custom

“160 W Santa Clara” San Jose, CA, ESI, Tkach Photography & Design Inc., Featuring: Vapor® Graphic Perf® by Arktura


More than ever, designs are combining form and function to create unique spaces that are as functional as they are beautiful. This design features Vapor® Graphic Perf® and combines stunning wall tiles with integrated programmatically animated RGB LED backlighting to brighten this building’s entrance.

10. Make a Statement With Light Fixtures

Custom light fixtures by Arktura Solutions Studio®

“E+O – Steam Punk” Mount Pleasant, IL, Gary Lee Partners, Featuring: Custom light fixtures by Arktura Solutions Studio®


Custom light fixtures put a final, one-of-a-kind touch on a design, and working with Solutions Studio® to create fully custom feature lighting will ensure that your design is 100% unique to your business.

11. Take Bold to New Heights With Vibrant Colors

Arktura Atmosphera® Lotus in red close up

“Conference Center” New York, NY, MBID, Featuring: Atmosphera® Custom Lotus by Arktura


Never a wallflower, Atmosphera® Custom Lotus can be powder-coated in a variety of colors that will spark interest and conversation. Integrating bold colors into a design with these steel ceiling panels makes a statement that won’t soon be forgotten. 

12. Use Color Blocks to Liven Up a Space

Glide by Arktura

“Subtle Color” Featuring: Glide by Arktura


Color, when used without a plan, can be overwhelming in a space dedicated to focus and productivity. However, pops of color, like these Glide partitions, add a vibrancy that can encourage productivity even as it is aesthetically pleasing. 

13. Make the Design an Experience

Graphic Perf® Custom Photoreal Interior by Arktura

“GATX” Chicago, IL, Partners by Design – CH, Tom Harris Architectural Photography, Featuring: Graphic Perf® Custom Photoreal Interior by Arktura


Traveling through this hallway surrounded by Graphic Perf® Custom Photoreal Interior wall panels isn’t just a walk from one place to another. It’s an experience. Our proprietary software tools translate your image into a pattern of holes that are sized and distributed to reproduce your image onto walls and ceilings, to create a unique branded space for your brand.

Graphic Perf® Custom Photoreal Interior by Arktura

“GATX” Chicago, IL, Partners by Design – CH, Tom Harris Architectural Photography, Featuring: Graphic Perf® Custom Photoreal Interior by Arktura


14. Conceal a Ceiling With Style

SoftGrid® Switch by Arktura

“Financial Services” Houston, TX, HOK – Houston, G. Lyon Photography Inc., Featuring: SoftGrid® Switch by Arktura


Using the intricate web of SoftGrid® Switch, you can conceal ceiling elements such as ductwork, wires and plumbing while adding acoustic support to the room. Made with Soft Sound® material available in many colors and finishes, including wood textures, these panels are seamlessly connected to span the whole of the space.

15. Leverage Open Space

Arktura Vapor Trail

“Starz” Santa Monica, CA, HLW – LA, Kim Rodgers Photography, Featuring: Vapor® Trail by Arktura


Modern design has trended towards using large open spaces and creating a variety of spaces within them. In this design, lighting and ceiling panels are used to define spaces without physically separating them. The reception desk is clearly defined by the use of Vapor® Trail and its integrated lighting backer to guide people to exactly where they need to be.

16. Use InLine Lighting for Room Illumination

Arktrua Trace Slide

“Modern, Open Office Space“ Featuring: Trace® Slide by Arktura


Light fixtures can define a space, so integrating InLine lighting adds an element of individuality to a commercial office design. Shown here with Trace® Slide powder-coated aluminum torsion spring panels, the InLine lighting enhances the panels’ pattern. This particular space pairs integrated InLine lighting with Soft Sound® Acoustic backers, for double the performance. 

Upgrade Your Commercial Office Design

Upgrading your commercial office design can be easy and efficient with Arktura’s collection of ceiling and wall panel systems. Integrating other elements, such as lighting from our Solutions Studio® or other products such as our Glide desk partitions, allows you to create a fully customized office.

Create your own design to enhance your commercial office space today. Contact the design specialists at Arktura to get started!