Here are some helpful design solutions for your office that your interior design company can help you achieve.
You can’t pursue the culture you want unless you can clearly define what you want that culture to be. A great starting point for any office design or redesign is to write out your company values and code of culture. Consider your new design an opportunity to communicate what you wish to stand for and recommit your team to those principles.
You can’t force your dream design on a space that isn’t built for it. Adapting the needs of your business and staff to the capabilities of your office space is the first and most essential compromise you’ll need to make in your office design. Your office layout needs to reflect your office values without appearing unnatural in its space.
Decide what you can and cannot compromise on. Is your business committed to group collaboration? If you had to choose, take the group workspaces over the private pods. Do you want to communicate sleek professionalism and seriousness? Sacrifice the games room for corner offices.
Most of all, don’t just throw things into your design because they seem trendy. Make every square metre of your office space count and carefully consider which design elements you need and have room for.
Think about every element of your office design and ask yourself if it can be harnessed to embody your workplace culture.
Colour plays a major role in setting the mood for your office. Do you want loud, neon colours to encourage a fun, outgoing environment? Perhaps consider finished brass and stained mahogany for stately elegance and elite professionalism. Muted pastels might suggest an office that is calm, collected, and adaptable.
Furniture and furnishings will also go a long way toward influencing your office culture, as these will directly impact how your staff interacts and engages with their space. Seating arrangement can encourage collaboration or offer isolating privacy. Consider pot plants to suggest a culture of sustainability and tranquillity. Wall hangings celebrating your business’s past accomplishments can help build a culture that celebrates the history and tradition of the office and strives to live up to past achievements.
Is your office heavily segregated by task or do all departments intermingle throughout the day? Is the hierarchical pecking order of your staff visible through your layout, or do all workers appear equal? Spatial planning will heavily impact how your workers interact with each other. Whether you want to celebrate the status of your office’s highest achieving members or you want everyone to consider themselves equals among a team with a common goal, your office layout is key.