Is your office on the cutting edge?

If a look around your office provides a very similar image today than it did when you first started with your company, chances have it that the office design is missing the mark.

Today’s cutting-edge offices know that contemporary interior design is an important part of staying competitive in today’s business world. By taking a quick inventory of today’s business climate, it’s easy to see why modern and contemporary design is so important. That’s because today’s workers value technology, innovation, and change. If your office doesn’t represent these values, it’s time to take inventory.

 

Modern Office Decor

Modern Office Decor

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hanging since the 80s, or it could have been the photos of the women with big bushy hairstyles that were also severely outdated.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interior design ideas were strategically placed throughout the space, including modern art and sculptures (not old, outdated model photos) and contemporary furniture.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

Office Space Planning for a Consistent Look

Updating your office requires more than a trip to the local office decorating and supply store.  Simply adding a few new features here and there might help your pocketbook, but it does little for the overall office decor that you’re attempting to improve.  

If your office is in need of a redesign, start by conducting some constructive office space planning that will make the job worth it.  First think about those things that absolutely must be changed, whether it be furniture or decorations.  Next, plan for the integration of your new items.  Then, take a step back.  Will those existing items that don’t need to be changed still function effectively with your new items?  Will they blend together for an overall appealing look, or will your office end up looking like a poorly matched collage with little consistency?

In other words, don’t skimp by completing half of the job.  Make sure that your office look is consistent throughout.  So, if you’ve updated your carpet in the reception area, make sure your paint color, accessories, and wall art match.  Or, if you’ve upgraded to a large oak office desk, be sure that your guest and office chairs match the new piece.

After all, the only design flaw worse than an outdated office is a mismatched office.  Plan your office space wisely for a beautiful design and a functional layout!

 

Office Space that Flows

Office Space that Flows

Design Tips for the Office Lunchroom

I’ve quickly learned that there are so many benefits to staying in the office for lunch.  The most obvious reason that I choose this route is to save money.  Even spending $5 a day on lunch can add up quickly.  The second reason I like to stay in is for the health benefits.  Grabbing lunch on the go almost never seems to include too many healthy options.  

 

The problem with staying in the office for lunch, however, is that our lunch break never seems to be very exciting.  We often need a simple change of scenery to really make our break worth it.  However, I found several design tips for implementing a more modern decor into the office lunchroom.  By customizing tables with patterns that brighten up the lunchroom area and by covering chairs with Crypton fabric, a drab lunchroom can suddenly have new life.  And, if your employees are anything like me, it’s exactly that new life that can carry them through the afternoon portion of the workday!

 

Lunchroom Table and Chairs

Lunchroom Table and Chairs

Take Office Decorating Ideas Back to Nature

It’s important that our office promotes the right look.  And, while there are several office decorating ideas, using plants as part of your office decor is not only easy, but it’s also smart.

Whether floor plants, desk plants, or hanging plants suit your office best, using plants as part of your office decor brings life to any office setting.  Additionally, employees tend to embrace plants as decorations, as do clients.  Finally, plants are a relatively cheap investment and they don’t go out of style, so you can get a lot of decorating mileage out of a plant.

Office Plants for Decorating Sense

Office Plants for Decorating Sense

Interior Redesign Budgets Stir Controversy

You’ve likely heard the buzz surrounding John Thain’s $1 million office redesign for his Merrill Lynch office.  While all of the media attention is likely no laughing matter for Thain and the crew at Merrill Lynch, I’ve come across a few satirical pieces that poke fun at the notion of blowing the budget on office redesign.

Once I was able to control my own laughter, I started to think about how much the concept of the interior decoration budget does matter to clients and co-workers.  Is there something wrong with taking company profits and spending them on new office furniture and decorations?

I don’t think we can answer this question with a simple “yes” or “no.”  Office redesign is a must, but it has to fit the purpose of the individual office.  You surely don’t want to tell clients that you’re raising rates once again while showing off your brand new imported designer rug at the same time.  Again, this is where a professional design team can step in and give you advice on just what kind of budget is right for your office and your purpose.

Office Redesign Doesn't Have to Break the Budget

Office Redesign Doesn't Have to Break the Budget

Hot Office Interior Design Trends for 2009

Each decade makes its own fashion statement. While I know it’s often painful to look back at what we thought was fashionable in the 1980s, I just can’t imagine that we’ll look back to 2009 in twenty years and laugh about what’s trendy in today’s office interior design world…at least I hope not.

That’s because the key ingredient to today’s “hot” factor is comfort, which can certainly be applied to office design.  Utility and practical approaches mean comfort in today’s offices, which means that modern architecture seeks to find a balance between comfort and functionality.

So, why not take a look around your office.  If you aren’t getting a sense of either comfort or functionality, it’s time to call in the professionals!

Interior Office Design for Comfort

Interior Office Design for Comfort