When most people think “interior design,” commercial business isn’t usually the first thing to come to mind.
Although the cliché-belief of an interior designer is typically associated with creating a picturesque home setting, that is no longer the case. Today’s interior designers stretch large and wide from the picket fence, creating ambiances and personalities for restaurants to airports and corporate offices and college campuses.
If you’re in the midst or thinking about putting your interior creativity into the world of commercial business—here are some helpful hints to guide your thinking along the way:
Welcome warm energy
Between constant deadlines, an overflow of paperwork and employees who drive each other mad—the work environment can easily leave its personnel feeling drained and unenthused. However, a simply touch of inviting energy can make all the difference, sparking a subconscious feeling of ease and motivation to get through the day. From having lunch under the sun with comfortable commercial outdoor furniture to a communal fireplace to sooth the mind and warm the body—welcoming in the positive vibes into the commercial atmosphere doesn’t just feel good for, it also looks it too.
From finding the bathroom to finding the front door, there may be nothing more frustrating for employees and guests alike to not know where essential items or locations are. This goes especially significant for employees of the corporate world, where files, office utensils and other every day fundamentals are hard to locate. A successful commercial interior designer puts into account what resources are used, and what are used most commonly in order to decipher interior placement such as cabinets, bookshelves, units, etc.
The eye of the brand
A great place to begin blueprinting your commercial design is with the business’s brand personality and model customer. When you take into account of what the brand, product or service actual does—you have a better idea of how to manipulate that angle into the actual interior design. Replicating the brand into the commercial design may be more attractive to meet customers, partners and employees preferences as well.
However, don’t think you have to completely embed the interior design after the customer or brand’s core message, but think to subtly maneuver it the office ambiance. For example, relevant artwork, theme coloring, logo placement and business place-of- origin culture are all wonderful place to begin brainstorming your commercial design ideas after.
Fluidness and flow aren’t just important intangibles regarding work efficiently and time management, but is an also imperative notion of interior design. Overcrowding employees or customers can easily deteriorate the overall culture of the work environment into chaos. Similar to creating an access friendly environment, a congestive vibe can be an immediate turn off for clear thinking and positive energy—so take into consideration of how the businesses’ square footage dimensions will affect office functionality. Many times, a misinterpretation of space can lead to an uneven disruption of office utilities and employee-to-employee seating arrangements.