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

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

Small Office Design Challenges

All too often, the big guys tend to think that the little guys have it so much easier in today’s business world. A small office has less staff and general “stuff” to deal with, right? Well…maybe. But, when it comes to office design, I’d argue that the small guys have a tough job ahead of them. They have to fit office supplies, furniture, and design elements into relatively small spaces. And, as more stuff is collected, the small office can quickly begin to feel like an overstuffed box. And so the challenge begins.

While I’ve often held myself to rules such as getting rid of one old thing each time I get something new, I quickly learned that strict rules can’t apply to office design. We need what we need in order to function. However, we can certainly make some improvements that will keep our design in tip-top shape.

My first suggestion is to find furniture that doubles as storage space. Desks work best when they include shelves or other features that also store papers and materials (this also helps keep the clutter to a minimum). Additionally, file cabinets are key, but only if they are used effectively. Rather than lining office walls with rows of filing cabinets, invest in those that reach the ceiling. Even if you have to use a step ladder to reach a file, you’ll feel better than you would if those filing cabinets began closing in on you.

So, little guys…use your space effectively and efficiently, and you’ll soon show those big guys who’s boss.

 

Get creative with small office design

Get creative with small 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

Decorating Ideas Call for Consistency

One of the key ingredients in any decorating plan is consistency.  Remember, your office has an image to project with its interior design, and you want this image to be clear.  An office that blends traditional design with contemporary decor, for example, often fails to send a much needed message to clients that it stands for a specific goal.

Check out the decorating ideas that SPACE Inc. transformed into reality for a Michigan-based minor league baseball stadium.  From the executive offices to waiting rooms and patio seating areas, SPACE was able to seamlessly integrate a classic concept throughout different parts of the stadium.  The results are top notch.

Ballpark Interior Design

Ballpark Interior Design

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

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