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

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Efficient lighting design for office cubicles

Does it feel a little dark in your office cubicle?  Do you find yourself rubbing your eyes for relief half way through each day?  If so, you’re not alone.  Poor lighting is a common factor in far too man office cubicles.

Cubicles are often positioned in the middle or in a corner of a large office space.  While this might work to concentrate all the cubicles in one area, it often leaves employees relying on overhead fluorescent lights to conduct work.  This is not only hard on the eyes, but it’s hard on the senses.  Natural light is a far better choice.

Try to position your cubicle system so that natural light is abundant.  It’s fine if employees utilize a desk or floor lamp, but you want to be certain that you aren’t positioning the cubicles in an office area that is dark and gloomy.  That positioning will do nothing for morale, which does nothing for productivity.  Come on.  Shed some light on the subject! 

 

Light Cubicles

Light Cubicles

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hanging since the 80s, or it could have been the photos of the women with big bushy hairstyles that were also severely outdated.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

Modular Office Systems Offer Flexibility…and then Some

Many of today’s businesses are finding benefits in modular office systems for a number of reasons.  First, they are a quick way to redesign the office for new space or organizational requirements.  For example, as new employees begin to fill the office, companies might install movable walls that separate existing office spaces to make room for these new faces.  

This second benefit of modular furniture is its contribution to a more private and confidential environment.  Companies that handle a great deal of confidential information (banks, for example), need modular features such as office wall panels and acoustic tiles to decrease the amount of noise that’s floating around in the air.  Many businesses have also found sound masking can be a big plus to increasing the confidentiality in the work environment.

Finally, modular office spaces make it easy to leave room for design changes.  Many companies want a new look without the permanence that comes with redesign.  Of course, in the end, modular furniture can save a company big bucks since complete redesigns will not be needed.  Instead, offices can move things around a bit and more easily create entire new office environments.

 

Modular Office System

Modular Office System

Office Flooring with Options

A lot of people tell me that office design is a boring topic.  While I am quick to disagree, I can see how the topic of office furniture and decor might not top everyone’s list of exciting things to think about.  However, every once in a while, I find a product that just screams excitement.  And today, this product happens to be carpet.

While office flooring might not be the first thing you think of when you begin making office design plans, it is an integral component of the overall look of a workspace.  If you’re in the market for a new carpet for your office, I highly encourage you to check out the random patterns available from FLOR.  There are a few reasons why I think FLOR is the office flooring company to choose.  

First, you can choose a completely individual pattern from FLOR by mixing and matching different tiles, or you can choose one of their own unique patterns.  Second, these tiles are easy to clean and care for.  They stick to your floor, allowing you to remove them and wash them individually (won’t that be useful the next time you spill your morning coffee?).  Finally, FLOR is committed to environmental responsibility.  Not only does the company commit to eliminating any impact it poses on the environment, but it will even come to your location, pick up your old FLOR tiles once you’re ready for a new look, and take them back to their factory to recycle them.  

Individual style plus easy care and environmental concern…I dare you to find a better office flooring option.

 

FLOR's "Entropy" Carpet

FLOR's "Entropy" Carpet

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