Designing your office might not be at the top of your to-do list when it comes to managing your business. But a well-designed workspace can benefit your company more than you think.
Balance Form and Function
The first thing you should contemplate when designing is how to foster day-to-day activities. While you want your ambience to be appealing, it must also be functional. Keep practical considerations in mind:
-Does the layout improve flow of traffic in the office?
-Is there any way to utilize space better? (i.e. Make areas multipurpose?)
-Do you have sufficient storage space?
-Can teams collaborate in the spaces you’ve set up?
Once you’ve made sure that your layout serves pragmatic purposes you need it to, move on to making it pleasing to the eye. This should be the most enjoyable part of the process as you can select colors and decide on lighting. Studies are not yet conclusive about what colors are best for productivity and mood, but Keep in mind that your functional items, like furniture, clocks, and storage containers, can also be used as décor.
Keep Your Brand in Mind
Most businesses fail to utilize their office as a branding asset. While you don’t need to take a utilitarian approach to your design, you should still take advantage of the opportunities it presents. Utilize the colors of your logo throughout the office, even if only in small accents like picture frames or rugs. Flaunt your logo and mission statement by displaying them on a custom wall mural. By keeping the company’s goals and style in mind, you can incorporate professional elements in a fun way.
Foster Comfort in the Workplace
Naturally, you want clients who visit your workspace to be impressed by your taste, but you also want to be considerate to your employees. Avoid large swaths of loud colors, especially reds and oranges. Some studies show that constant exposure to such colors can increase stress while bland colors can increase anxiety. Ensure that your fabulously fashionable furniture is beneficial to posture and that your floors don’t get slippery when people come in from the rain.
Especially in personal offices, you might encourage employees to bring photos and such from home into the office. Some coworkers are much more comfortable (and motivated) with some homemade macaroni art on their wall. It will make them smile and help them bring positivity to the workday.
Your office should be a point of pride. It should be efficient, comfortable, and visually pleasing. But also infuse your brand personality and your personal style into your design- make your space your own to leave an impression with your clients and employees alike.
Guest post: Chris Garret writes with custom wall mural supplier, Megaprint.