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After all, the only design flaw worse than an outdated office is a mismatched office.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

Office Design Must Embrace Change

We hear a lot about change these days.  And I think that’s a good thing.  However, whenever I get into a contractual agreement with anyone, I often feel as if change is never part of the process.  Am I alone?

When it comes to office design, change is inevitable.  Not only will our minds change, but so will our needs.  I recently heard an account of an office manager who changed her mind about the office chairs she had chosen for her board room.  Rather than choosing one model, a newer one entered the market that were more appropriate for her decor.  Guess what?  Her design team said it was too late.  Even though they had not placed the order for her chairs just yet, they informed her that her contract required that she stick with her original chairs.  How frustrating!

My advice to you is to talk about these scenarios early with your office designer.  If they can’t make room for change, maybe you would be better off not making room for them in the first place.

 

Interior Design Knows Change

Interior Design Knows Change

Green Interior Office Design is Easier than you Think

If you think that transforming your office into an environmentally-friendly workspace will take too much time and effort, think again.  Today’s world of interior office design isn’t just focusing on the drive to “go green” just to fit in with the latest tends.  Instead, office design takes a green approach to improve our quality of life at work.  No, this isn’t some fluffy rhetoric designed to support my campaign to save the world.  This is a concept that works.  When we feel better about our work space, we are not only happier at work, but we also are more efficient at work.  And, we take pride in our work, something that is integral to a successful company culture.

In fact, today’s youngest employees view working in a green workplace as a top priority in their job search.  And for good reason.  These youngsters want to be happy at work, and they want to represent a company that fills them with pride.  And, for the company, this is a win-win situation.  When employees are happy and proud, there’s less chance of turnover and more chance of quality work being produced.

See, I told you it wasn’t that hard.

 

Sustainable Office Design

Sustainable Office Design

Does Office Decor Top Your Priority List?

We all know that office decor is important, but just how much importance do you devote to it?  If office decorating isn’t one of the top priorities on your office “to-do” list, you might be missing the mark. 

Not only does the right office decor contribute to the workability and overall look of your office, but it helps your employees function happily.  And, happy workers are productive workers. 

So, as you’re creating your list of office projects for the year, reconsider how many other tasks you put above office decorating.

Your office design makes a big statement

Your office design makes a big statement

Traditional Interior Design Trends Offer Longevity

Sure, we live in an ever-changing world in which styles come and go almost faster than each pay cycle.  This means your company is likely facing remodeling projects on a pretty regular basis, right?  Well, what if I told you that major redesign expenses don’t have to fit into each year’s budget? 

While many offices choose to design interiors with stylish and more modern furniture and accessories, other companies opt for a more traditional look.  As long as your company hires an interior design firm that knows what it’s doing, traditional interior design concepts can last a company several years.  And, in today’s tight economy, that’s welcomed news for many offices!

Traditional Interior Design Concept by SPACE, Inc.

Traditional Interior Design Concept by SPACE, Inc.

New Office Furniture Still Smart During a Recession

I know…I know…  The number one thing on every office’s mind is the economy.  Many businesses are taking a hard hit.  And, when it comes to office redesign, executives are more than likely thinking that an interior makeover is going to have to wait another year.  But, here’s a thought to ponder: your positive business image has never been as important as it is today.  In fact, you need to work overtime to secure every potential client that walks through your door.  And, if your office interior is struggling, poor taste just might be the reason a client decides to go with the other guy.

Trends are showing that large office furniture is out.  Many companies are maximizing office floor plans with space-saving furniture.  For some offices, this means implementing modular walls, which are similar to cubicles but are much more aesthetically pleasing.  Additionally, it means space-saving furniture and accessories such as collapsible conference chairs and movable desks and tables.

So, rather than throwing out the idea of redesign entirely, think instead about a goal of efficiency.  You can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll save yourself time and money in the longrun once your office gets an efficiency makeover.

Computer Desk

Computer Desk

Office Interior Design Demands Creativity

I love this office interior design task: a college bought an old, used car building with the intention of redesigning it into an Admissions Department.  Can you imagine the magnitude of transferring such a large, open space into a warm and inviting office that gives students an image of professionalism? Well, it looks the interior design agency in charge nailed this one.

Admissions Lobby

Admissions Lobby

Brand new carpet, charming accessories, and designer office furniture give this admissions lobby a feel that is certainly far from that of a used car sales center.