Our motto at Ken Golen Design is simple: “design that actuates lifestyle”. But that doesn’t just apply to interior design for private homes. We also create designs that make your work style possible. In today’s blog, we take a look at trends in modern commercial design – and how to design an office space that makes your business more creative, more collaborative, and more successful.
How do you use office space?
The first step in any interior design project is to think about your needs. Here are some things to consider when you are starting to design your commercial space:
• The number of people that come in and out of your office space each day
• The way in which your team works, alone and together
• The type of work being undertaken, for example, quiet areas will be required for solo projects, but relaxed, open areas are best so that people can share ideas In most offices, you’ll need a mix of both environments – plus reception areas, break rooms, and private rooms. It’s important to find the right balance of different spaces for your business.
Build creative spaces for collaboration
A few years ago, every office space was open plan. Before that, it was cubicles. And before that, offices were full of tiny rooms with closed doors.
At Ken Golen Design, we are often asked “What is the best office design for creativity?”. Interior designers today are learning to use a mix of different spaces. Here are just a few ways to change things up in your office design to encourage creativity at work:
- Hot desking – instead of installing a fixed seating plan, set up desks and computer portals that people can use where necessary. Encourage your employees to move around, work with different people, and get inspired by a change of location.
- Soft meeting areas are modern spaces that replace the old-fashioned boardroom tables with soft chairs, circular seating plans, and a welcoming environment. Their design encourages your team to think differently and share ideas by creating a space where they can relax and be original.
- Creative spaces – Let the designers turn your entire office into a creative canvas. Take inspiration from Facebook’s real-life wall and set up a wall space where employees can scribble ideas and see each other’s work. Use glass partitions, whiteboard walls, or even chalkboard to create a style that suits your business.
- Ensure your space feels healthy and bright – None of us can feel creative when we are feeling stressed out. When we are in an environment that is healthy, bright and vibrant we feel more inspired and stimulated, our work stress levels will even be lowered. Lots of windows, natural light and plants will encourage our creative urges. A great interior design plan will make this happen.
- Declutter and banish mess – A cluttered workspace makes it very hard to clear the mind for productivity and creativity. Ensure that any design features in the office encourage that vibe of openness and space. Employees will feel relaxed in an office design that is clean and clutter free, leading to optimum creativity for the business.
- Open door policy – When there are open doors or no doors at all in an office space, workers are encouraged and inclined to easily share their creative ideas for the benefit of the company. After all, it is this stream of thinking in a business that makes creativity work, and we never know where the next great idea is going to come from.
Make sure to use the services of experienced and reputable interior designers to bring out the creative side of your business and commercial space.
Feeling inspired? Contact Ken Golen Design today to talk about your new office space design!