Your office space should reflect you as a business owner and as a company. This is important because the building and its interior is the way you make that all-important first impression, so make it good!
Make a bold statement
You need to show visitors and clients that you are cool, creative and modern. Think about a statement piece for your entrance or reception – it could be a sculpture, a collage of your employees and their stories, or something bonkers like an indoor pond.
Focus on the reception
Those first few seconds of human contact are vital in forming an impression that will hopefully lead to a great business relationship. You need to get across the feel and ethos of you and your company, so incorporate that into the design and layout. Don’t forget, though, that the reception area is often busy and so people need to be able to move efficiently and quickly through it.
Once you’ve pinned down the design, make sure your receptionist seals the deal with a warm smile!
Use the building’s original features
If your office space in Heathrow has some quirky features, or an interesting history, bring this to the fore. If it used to be an old tyre factory, for example, think of ways to give that history a nod. It’s a talking point, at least.
Use the force…of colour
Colour really does influence people and their behaviour, so busy rooms can be yellow or orange to promote creativity and energy. Don’t go overboard though, as it can lead to outbursts of temper.
For calmer rooms, try blues and purples, and for a return to nature and restfulness, try greens. You can also have some old favourites like greys and browns, but only as accents, as you want to avoid a total re-run of the 1970s!
Aim for a homely kitchen
Just as the kitchen is the heart of the home, it should be the heart of the workplace too. Office kitchens have previously been grubby, drab little affairs where bad coffee and dry sandwiches were the order of the day.
Now, however, the office kitchen is a home/work/meeting kind of place where people can genuinely relax and even generate some ideas together. Aim for cosy and homely, or maybe a bit café-ish, depending on your style. One thing is vital, however – good coffee! Coffee is how working relationships and friendships are forged.
If there’s space for air hockey or something similar, then go for it.
Choose the best chairs you can
Woefully overlooked, the office chair needs to be rehabilitated and brought back into fashion. We spend hours every day in them and if you want the best out of your workforce, give them the best foundation you can! They deserve comfort.
Use clever lighting
With creative use of lighting, you can make your space into zones and manage people’s moods. This includes letting in natural light as well as feature and adjustable lights and lamps. Aim for a mixture of natural, soft and high beam.
What are your ideas for cool office spaces? Let us know!