A well-designed office is about more than choosing colour palettes and nice furniture. It’s essential to building a positive workplace culture, improving productivity and attracting the right clients to your business.
Whether you’re expanding your company, going through a restructure or want to improve your business culture, office interior design is a great way to achieve your business goals. Here are our interior design tips to help you create a warm, welcoming and productive space that everyone can enjoy.
Artificial & Natural Lighting
Designing an office that maximises exposure to natural sunlight can have a dramatic impact on the mood and productivity of your staff. Research shows there’s a strong relationship between daylight exposure and office workers’ sleep, activity and quality of life. Natural sunlight can also help reduce stress and encourage staff to be more physically active, compared to artificial lighting.
To maximise the natural light in your workplace, Axiom Projects will complete a Sun Study as part of our Office Interior Design services. We’ll also balance the natural light levels in your office, with different artificial lighting for each zone in your workplace. That way, staff can stay productive no matter where they are.
Office layout is an important factor in commercial interior design. It takes into account where individuals sit, as well as where teams and departments are located in relation to each other. It’s important to consider what working style you’ll encourage in your company, before you start redesigning the office space. Will it be open plan to encourage collaboration, or feature private spaces for more focused and confidential work?
Your working style will determine the layout of your workplace, which will then determine how each space is designed. A casual lunch area or communal meeting room may need to have elements that inspire creativity, while quiet zones or individual workspaces may need to have calming features and avoid visual distractions, so staff can focus on their work.
It’s important to make sure your office interior design factors in basic principles, such as disabled access standards and toilet access. You’ll also need to consider the unique shape of your office space and think about which features you’d like to enhance or minimise, such as the acoustics or temperature in different areas of the office. The amount and type of storage you need should also be considered early in the process.
Designing an ergonomic workspace for your staff may stretch the budget now, but it’s likely to save you in the long run. Lower back pain and other work-related injuries cost the Australian economy over $60 billion each year, so we suggest you buy high-quality ergonomic furniture and get a professional to assess what your staff need, to make sure they’re working safely and efficiently.
Your office space should be a reflection of your brand values and business culture, so staff and visitors have a positive experience every time they walk through the door. The reception area is often the first place people see, so it’s important to make it warm and welcoming.
Your Axiom Projects interior designer will use a thoughtful combination of colour palettes, lighting design, décor, furniture and other concepts to portray your brand throughout the workspace, making sure it sends a consistent message to staff and visitors.
Communication & Technology
A well-designed workplace will incorporate modern technology to help staff connect and communicate better. Each area of the office should be equipped with the necessary portals to charge devices and allow staff to log in to phone and video conferencing, so they can stay productive from anywhere in your office.
It’s also a good time to review your IT infrastructure, to see if moving your business into the cloud is the right option for you. It may allow you to eliminate expensive server rooms, provide secure disaster recovery systems and give you more space in the office.
Need a commercial interior design expert to help you create a productive and efficient workplace? Get in touch with our team to find out how we can help.