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4 Tips For Your Office's Interior Design

4 Tips For Your Office's Interior Design

by Ruth KennyJuly 30, 2013

A lot of information about you as a person and a boss and the kind of business you deal in reflects from the kind of interiors your office has. To create a positive impression on clients and other visitors, as well as a nice environment for the staff, classy and modern furniture should be used. The design of your office can subconsciously affect the mood and productivity of your employees. It is only now that companies are realising the potential of great interiors and have now began utilising it. Here are some tips you can use while making the office snazzy:

Furniture which blends: An office will not be an office without any furniture. Really, it will just be a bare room more suited for a yoga/meditation class (if you want to encourage meditation you may keep some bare space for such activities).  Basically, no work can be done without desks, chairs, and cabinets. Therefore, if your company has stocked material that needs storage, then filing cabinets and drawers are important all around the workplace. If the work only requires digital storage and no paper work then make sure the furniture you install holds electronics well. Classic interiors automatically go with the finest wooden furniture like teakwood and mahogany wood. Such kind of furnishings is important for denoting boldness as well as assurance and professionalism as you would expect from a lawyer’s office. If your office deals with something creative like graphic design, copywriting or art, you have the option of playing with bright colour and unconventional furniture (oval shaped desks which are button operated, office desks inside a recycled car and many more crazy but useful ideas).

Colour Scheme: Colour combination is important in your home as well as your office while doing the interiors. It is a known fact that colours can affect a person physiologically (red invokes hunger hence many restaurants incorporate that colour on the walls or furniture and fixtures). Thus, a pleasant and tasteful combination of colours can create a happy atmosphere for visitors and the staff. The colour combination should reflect the kind of product or services you offer. Pastel shades or predominantly white or off white tones for the walls go with sombre and subdued professions like accounts, law, medicine etc. Whereas for creative workspaces, fun and colourful colour schemes can be used, like yellow or blue and green if you are cool and sometimes even black if you are secretly a Goth.

Bathrooms: This is an important yet understated part of a company setup. People spend a minimum of 6 hours and maximum number of hours can be above 24 in some instances. The importance of a well furnished and good looking bathroom is often overlooked. Even legally, it is mandatory in most countries, for every public building to have at least one bathroom facility for the handicapped or one stall that is usable by the handicapped. Apart from the compulsory features, bathrooms should be regularly cleaned and well maintained as it is a matter of basic hygiene. For that purpose they should be easy to clean with washable surface and regular water supply. No one expects a Jacuzzi, but basic hand bidets, toilet paper and good lighting is essential in every bathroom.

Lighting: Last, but not the least, the lighting of any company plays an important part in its overall look. Be it to bring out the best features of their products or just providing a well lit and soothing atmosphere for the staff. Correct lighting can bring out exceptional results. Any dark corner of poorly lit place can give a feeling of doom and uneasiness which can put off your staff as well as visitors. Like a blooming flower which needs sunlight, we humans also require bright lights. Those are wonderful words of wisdom.

Follow these tips and make your office look less like a jail and more like a productive, creative workplace.

[Image Credit: Martin Cathrae, doryfour, Mackenzie Kosut, Chris Young, Chris Lott]

This guest post is authored by Ruth Kenny. He works as a consultant for Bridges by Global Contract, a company that provides modern office design ideas. He constantly tries to bring new and fresh ideas turned into designs for the end users in an innovative way.

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