First impressions are everything, and this is especially true in office design. The reception area in your commercial office space is guaranteed to see more foot traffic – by both your employees and clients. It’s imperative that it has a positive influence, and embodies your branding and values to your guests, instantly setting the tone for who you are as a business. Today, we’ll go through some key ideas that can really make a reception area excel, in Auckland and Wellington office design.
Keep Your Branding in Mind
While it’s important to have your branding be part of an interior design, it can be easy to overdo it. Signage can be a great, straightforward way to brand your office fit-out, but if you decide to avoid it because – for instance – it is already on the exterior of the office, there are subtler design methods you can pursue. Try colouring the area with furniture or wall accessories that match your business’ branding. Alternatively, you can try something more striking, such as a wall mural, or a plant wall. These are just some suggestions for the spatial design of your office.
We’ve found that work place designs tend to be more successful when they clearly display to a prospective client that the business is professional. It’s important to show that you care about the details – even if clients don’t notice it, they’ll appreciate it on a deeper level.
Make it Timeless
In any creative field, there are shifting tides of fashion. Something that may be in vogue one year could be out the next – you don’t want your modern office looking out of date two years later. For this reason, we recommend that you think about timeless qualities as a priority for your commercial fitout. Planning ahead for the changing trends of design will inform aesthetic elements, such as furniture. Exploring classic, functional pieces of furniture will give you room to adapt, and keep your reception area fresh and modern for years to come. Of course, the design team at DB Interiors will ensure your interior fitout will give a timeless result.
Foster a connection with your guests
Reflecting the culture of your company through a comfortable, inviting office space will not only help you connect with clients, but keep your employees comfortable too. It doesn’t matter whether your business strives to be dynamic and creative, tasteful and dignified, or high-tech and contemporary – your space-work area can act as a prism that reflects your ethics and ideals no matter what they are.
Consider making your office design visible from the main floor or central workspace of your office – this keeps the reception area tied directly to the rest of your staff, and lets your clients feel like part of the team from the second they walk in the door. Glass walls are a common tactic to achieve this, but integrating the reception area into a corner of the main office floor is also a valid office space strategy.
Make it a place worth walking into
It doesn’t matter whether clients are entering your space for the first time, or your staff are walking through the office for a gaze – you want to make a good impression either way. In order to set the right tone, you have to fine-tune this area to consistently earn a positive reaction.
If you’re designing or upgrading an office space, and you’re looking for the best office furniture NZ can offer, the experts at DB Interiors can help. Contact us today for your free discovery call!