We spend more time here than with our families, we do the work that brings us our livelihoods here, and it’s the place where how happy and inspired we are is converted into dollars and cents. Yet why is it that office design and decor are things many of us only give passing thought to? The interior design of your workplace doesn’t have to mean an expensive overhaul, it can be as simple as re-arranging the furniture or a few licks of paint, but an inspiring workspace can have amazing benefits when it comes to ambiance and productivity, so here are three top tips on interior office design.
The reason we put so much thought into the decor and furnishing of our homes is that they are an extension of ourselves. The way we decorate our home shows the world the way we see ourselves and our personality is injected into every picture on the wall and cushion on the couch. In the office, this is obviously problematic as there are countless personalities co-existing in the one space, but this doesn’t mean the office can;t have a personality–far from it. It just means that you have to decorate the office in the style of your brand personality–that is, the type of personality your business would have if it were a person. This is beneficial and a lot more far-reaching than simply an office face-lift. Identifying and implementing the personality of your business is a positive step for marketing, crystallising your offering and helping employees get a grasp of the overall goals. Whether you business is fun and funky or elegant and authoritative, take that personality and convert it into office design!
Pretty decor is nothing without underlying functionality, so when designing an aesthetic for your office you need to keep in mind practicality as well. Finding ways to integrate filing, organisation, cohesive desk setup and an environment of collaboration is important, and an interior designer can help you merge looks with practicality in a seamless way.
You may scoff, but the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui is gathering weight and followers as an excellent framework for decorating office spaces. Choose colours, layouts and set-ups that foster creativity and prosperity and you’ll find that irrespective of whether ancient Chinese magic is at work, these will make sense in terms of the effect they have on the space. Arrange office furniture in a way that makes the room less cluttered and more harmonious, and you just might be converted as well!