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office /ôfis/ n. a room, set of rooms, or building used as a place for
commercial, professional, or bureaucratic work. See also: workplace.
Face it: you probably spend as much––if not more––time at the office than you do at home. Whether you share a team space, work in a cubicle, or have your own personal office or suite, it’s important for the workplace to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Just like a living room or bedroom, how an office makes its occupants feel is partially inspired by the way it looks. There’s a careful balance that must be achieved when designing any office space, regardless of whether it’s a mega-corporation or a simple mom-and-pop shop.
Office Interior Design Should Reflect A Company’s Character
Design an office that inspires and motivates your client, as well as reflects their brand and company values. Before you worry about factors like space management, furniture, storage, and lighting, take the time to sit down and discuss what qualities your client is looking for in their decor. Understanding a company’s brand and how it appeals to customers is equally as important as having comfy chairs and natural lighting. Discover how your client wants to be portrayed and then select decor to reflect these wants and needs.
Enrich Your Office Space With Artwork
If you haven’t had a chance to read our article “Artwork and Office Productivity“, then you may not be aware that people who work in enriched office spaces work about 15% quicker than those in plain spaces. In fact, a survey by the Business Committee for the Arts and the International Association of Professional Art Advisors found that 94% of people believed art enhanced the work environment, and 64% saw increased creativity and productivity.
At WallsBeautiful we make it easy for you to find artwork to represent your client without comprising aesthetic or breaking the bank. Consider these tips when selecting your pieces or contact our Art Director for additional help!
Design Around Your Favorite Artwork
We can all agree that blanks walls are uninspiring. However, when designing an office space it can be too easy to treat artwork as an afterthought. Make art not just your client’s inspiration but your inspiration as well. Start with a strong statement piece, then build your design around it. Keep in mind space and size, and select furniture and other decor that compliment colors and textures within the piece. From abstract designs to landscapes to industrial pieces, find artwork that will boost office morale and rejuvenate workers throughout the day.
Make Sure Your Colors Tell The Right Story
Avoid sterile, “utilitarian” designs in favor of bright, inviting spaces that embrace a cohesive color palette. The way you combine colors will influence the viewer so think about the mood you want to create before selecting your images. Be mindful of both hue and intensity. Red can mistakingly promote a climate that feels angry or aggressive, rather than excited or energetic. Orange can be whimsical or it can stimulate appetite, making employees think more about their lunch break than their task sheet. Blue can increase productivity and reduce stress or it can make a room feel cold. Play around with different color schemes and familiarize yourself with the “language of color”.
Keep Your Artwork “Fresh”
Artwork is one of the most versatile elements when designing an office space. If you read our post “Interior Design: Home Edition”, then you know that space, placement, and layout all affect the way your artwork influences a room.
Space. Positive space is the space filled with furniture and décor. Negative space is empty space. Desks. Chairs. Filing Cabinets. An office may require additional furnishings to maximize its functionality, but keep in mind that too much décor creates clutter while not enough can make your office look unfinished.
Placement and Layout. Artwork should always be placed at eye level. The rule of thumb is hang your art between 56″ and 60″ off the ground. Mix up your arrangements by playing with symmetry, scale, and proportion. And when in doubt, go vertical with your artwork. It will create the illusion of higher ceilings by adding height to your room which can make an office feel less claustrophobic.
Keep your decor fresh by routinely swapping out artwork for new pieces. Change your art with the seasons or at the start of the new year to reinvigorate your client’s space.
Interested in learning more? Contact our in-house Art Advisor for individualized help on selection and planning by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.