Interior design is one of the most important yet underestimated factors responsible for creating a happier, healthier and productive workplace. A good office interior design enhances the aesthetics of the space, strengthens your corporate identity, conveys your brand images, boosts the morale and productivity of the employees and leaves a lasting impression on clients and visitors. As more and more companies realise the role of interior design in organizational success, they are hiring professional interior design companies to design an aesthetic and functional office space. Some key design tips that result in successful office design are as follows:
1) Avoid Clutter: A cluttered environment creates a cluttered mind and turns your creative haven into a disorganized, messy office space. It makes employees feel overwhelmed and frustrated causing a decline in productivity. An office starts looking cluttered when you start putting a lot of stuff in a small space. To avoid this, ensure that you have minimal furniture and accessories. Choose multi-purpose, foldable furniture that helps you streamline your storage requirements. Create a pin-board where you can pin all important notes and avoid unnecessary clutter of paper-work on the desks. Pin-boards are the latest trends and they enhance the aesthetic appeal of the space.
2) Focus on Employees Comfort: An uncomfortable work environment takes a toll on the employee’s productivity as well as on their health. As a result, an office should be designed considering several factors including ergonomics, lighting, thermal comfort and air quality. The temperature of the room should not be too hot or too cold. You should periodically clean and manage the HVAC system to ensure a proper humidity level and a good quality of air. When selecting chairs, always choose ergonomic chairs that provide good back and spinal support. Always have a balance of natural lighting and artificial lighting sources. Having adequate windows in a room would ensure supply of natural light and fresh air. Also, arrangements should be made to control glares, excessive sunlight and shadows.
3) Access to Nature: Many studies suggest that offices with elements that expose employees to nature show a higher level of well-being and productivity. It also helps in reducing stress-levels as it gives employees a feel of being connected to the outside world. There are various ways in which this can happen. Some of them include creating a small indoor courtyard, having paintings with images of nature, colouring the office walls with colour, textures and patterns resembling elements of nature and using glass walls that give employees a glimpse of the outside world.
A successful workplace interior design is the one that understands the goal of the given space, makes the space aesthetically appealing as well as functional and prioritizes employee’s comfort.