Your office is key to striking a great first impression. According to Paul Kelly, marketing head at Morgan Lovell, “A well designed office may cost a little more, but it is much cheaper than a poorly designed one. A non-functioning office wastes time and causes frustration because it can hinder basic tasks, “While big corporates can afford to pour lakhs of rupees on decor, smaller start-ups might find it to be a task to design well while on a budget. Here are a few interior design tips to help such start-ups, ideas inspired by magnificent corporates.
As a thumb rule, a corporate office is always brightly lit. Huge transparent glass makes way for natural light to pour in. Take a leaf out of the corporate books, but up your game by incorporating actual glass windows to let fresh air circulate, too. Designer lighting options to customise LED and CFL can also make your informal meeting rooms more sophisticated. Make sure the lighting is on fleek, and the blinds and curtains complement it.
Classy Reception Area
The grand reception area to a big corporate is exactly what makes it so intimidating and high end. Accessorise your reception area with antique paper weights and pen stands, to create a striking first impression. Since start ups are housed in relatively smaller spaces, an angular reception will suit best. Designer notice boards can also up the aesthetics by several degrees.
Cut the Clutter
The furniture at each desk is designed so as to hide all the clutter created by the several work files. While file clutters are part of every office, they could create an impression of intense workload, pressure, etc. It is therefore important to have stylish selves and cabinets to hide this. Baskets are a cheaper alternative. They are also quirkier, and suit a start up better.
The Fifth Wall
The floor has come to be called the “fifth wall.” It is one wall that is not governed by any rules in a corporate office. Take full advantage of this to express your brand to the fullest extent here. Choose from the various options available for flooring, you could also go for the eco-friendly or sustainable type. Don’t forget to make a subtle statement here!
Spice it Up
Your office is a focal point for potential clients who visit. While you have to keep it professional, don’t be afraid to go a little over the top. A little experimenting never hurts anyone- go for a bright color scheme, quirky furniture, artsy decor- put yourself out there. Some corporates are built around a certain theme, go for the sports car theme or the green lounge, and make it a manifestation of your work style.
With all that being said, your first priority should be those who toil away in the space you create. Creating a comfortable work atmosphere is as important as creating a professional one. Style for the most productivity!