Looking to design your commercial space to suit your business’s brand and image?
Although most businesses don’t have a large budget for the design of their office space, it’s important to remember the benefits a well-designed commercial area can have on your employees, customers and overall branding success.
Here are 5 key design tips to keep in mind when designing the layout of your commercial space.
1. Layout & Flow
Open space layouts tend to be the way most office and commercial spaces are heading due to the range of benefits such as increased collaboration and ease of navigation. Rather than having employees in individual cubicles or offices, have large desks for multiple employees and small petitions to increase communication. Have a dedicated lounge area and break-out spaces where employees can have their lunch or take a small break away from their computer or work desk.
Flexibility is also a key factor when increasing your employee’s quality of work-life. Stand and sit desks, as well as wider doorways and seating arrangements will all help to create a pleasant environment and boost staff morale.
For commercial venues which are visited by a higher number of customers, look to create a wide and open layout. There should be a good flow throughout the whole venue including automatic sliding doors and signs for easy navigation. When first creating your commercial space, gain some feedback from your staff and customers about what could be done to improve the venue.
2. Sound & Noise Reduction
When designing the layout of your commercial space, it’s important to understand how sound and noise can cause disruptions. This becomes even more important in commercial spaces such as a restaurant with a seated eating area and a bar area, as noise from the bar will likely effect restaurant patrons.
Although you want to keep a nice flow, it’s important to understand when noise reduction is required. Most office spaces will have quite thin walls so using sound proofing may help to further split the areas and prevent the noise from causing disruptions for other staff or customers.
3. Eco-Friendly Design
With both small and large companies under increasing pressure from the public to meet social obligations, there’s a constant drive toward eco-friendly designs. Focusing on eco-friendly designs will give you a better corporate image and could help to improve your ‘green’ credentials.
Look to use repurposed and recycled materials where possible. Greenery such as plants and small trees will bring some life to the workplace and increase the quality of air in office spaces. Energy efficient lights and eco-friendly office stationery will reduce your business’s harm to the environment while reducing your power costs.
There are also some great ways you and your team can go green and become more sustainable at work. Not only will it help the environment, it can also help reduce costs and create a happier and healthier workplace.
Your brand should be at front-of-mind when looking to design your commercial area. Your commercial space should be a proper representation of your brand and branding strategy. This includes focusing on the colour, style and layout, relating it back to your core strategy.
5. Colour Scheme
Following on from branding, your commercial space should follow a colour scheme relevant to your brand’s identity. It’s a great idea to look up at how different colours can provoke different feelings and emotions when deciding on the right colour scheme.
Don’t forget about feature walls and artwork when planning the design of your area. Bright and well-designed feature walls can really make your office space stand out and give it some character. Artwork and awards are also perfect to hang up around the space to give some depth to plain walls. If you’re not planning on leasing a location for a prolonged period, leave the walls white and look to use furniture and office equipment to bring colour to the workplace.