Contemporary Office Design for Contemporary Business

I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a picky shopper when it comes to giving a business my repeat service.  That’s why I found myself at yet another new salon yesterday for a haircut.  The stylist I visited previously did a great job, but there was something about the salon that turned me off.  It could have been the flowery wallpaper that looked like it had been hanging since the 80s, or it could have been the photos of the women with big bushy hairstyles that were also severely outdated.  

My point is not to share all the negatives of my past salon visit, but to prove that contemporary office design matters, especially for contemporary businesses.  Even if you provide a great service, your office decor makes a huge impression on the people who walk through your doors.  Many of these people are like me…they want to give you their business, but it has to feel right for them.

This is exactly why the salon I visited yesterday will get my business again.  Not only did the stylist give me a fantastic haircut, but I felt good being there.  First, the salon promoted efficient lighting design by maximizing its premier downtown location.  One entire corner of the building (two connecting walls) boasted huge glass windows so that clients can see to the life outside…and potential clients can see in.  Additionally, rather than decorating with drab wallpaper, this salon was painted a deep, natural green that complimented its philosophy of natural skin and hair products.  Several interior design ideas were strategically placed throughout the space, including modern art and sculptures (not old, outdated model photos) and contemporary furniture.  

What else did I notice?  The light, bamboo-colored and natural wood floors that brought a light and open feeling to the salon.  Additionally, large, living plants sat in the corners next to comfy couches that served as the reception area.

So, while your product and service might be top notch…remember that your office design might just be the one thing that brings the sale home.


Contemporary Office Design

Contemporary Office Design


What do Interior Colors Say About Your Office?

I once heard that fast-food restaurants choose the bold color schemes of  reds and yellows because these colors demand attention.  I don’t know about you, but I try to steer clear from the loud McDonald’s sign that stares me in the face every few miles on a highway drive.  But, I’m likely not McDonald’s target customer either.

Still, the power that fast-food restaurants find in color schemes might be something we should pick up on when planning our own office’s interior colors.  If McDonald’s can communicate a feeling through its reds and yellows, certainly we can communicate a feeling of success and pride in our own office color pattern.

The natural question that follows then is this: “What color suits the image we want our office to portray?”  Many companies choose colors that not only exude a strong image, but that help maintain the right feeling.  For example, soft grays might be appropriate for an office that wants to boast a calm, soothing image, while muted greens would better serve those offices that want to exude a sense of efficiency.  What color is your office?  And, how does it work to create the image you want to portray?

Interior Colors

Interior Colors