5 common interior design problems and solutionsPublished 16.05.19
Although an exciting process, revamping your office space can come with interior design issues which, if not addressed properly, can negatively impact on your office environment and, therefore, your employees’ levels of productivity and motivation. We’ve listed a few common design problems below, paired with some professional solutions, to help your office renovation run more smoothly.
Working with a small space
Having to work with a small space is one of the more difficult challenges in interior design – especially if you’re not considering an expansion. Your main focus, in this case, should be to use illusions to make the room appear larger. This is commonly achieved through using light colours – especially within the paintwork – and installing glossy surfaces that can reflect lighting. Additionally, make sure to work with hidden storage solutions, and try to incorporate multifunctional furniture – such as desks that contain storage drawers. It’s also a great idea to work with layered lighting, rather than focusing on one overhead light. Try to incorporate as much natural light as possible, in addition to placing some accent lighting around the room.
Looking only to current trends, without considering timeless design
Whilst it’s a great idea to incorporate colours, materials and design concepts that are on-trend, try to not focus too much on modern design. It’s best to try and source items that are modern and/or contemporary – especially in the workplace. It’s essential to incorporate timeless design because as an employer, you’re not going to want to invest in an office renovation too frequently. Try investing in high-quality pieces that are durable, whilst combining aesthetics with equal levels of comfort and elegance.
Working with an old building
Old buildings can be really difficult to work with – especially if the structures are not compatible with the developments in interior design. In some cases, it’s possible to transform some seemingly unattractive features into modern statements. For example, if you’re working with an exposed wall, try sanding it down and pairing it with biophilic design to create a highly modern, rustic look. Additionally, if you have exposed piping, turn these into a statement by decorating them with metallic paint.
Poor acoustics and/or lighting
If you seem to be able to hear every single conversation through the walls in your office, you may not have the best soundproof materials. When choosing your furniture, try to pick materials that can absorb sound – this way, those who need to focus on private work can do so with ease. You might also choose to install sound-proof booths to support your employees, too.
Lighting is highly important in the workplace. If your office is too dull, you’re likely to experience headaches and tiredness; alternatively, if the office is too bright, you risk suffering from eye strain. Ensure that your new office has sufficient natural lighting, but don’t plan for too many windows. A good balance of natural and artificial lighting is best.
Adopting a one-size-fits-all approach
The modern workplace is becoming ever more diverse, catering for all walks of life, including those with differing abilities and working styles. Make sure that your new design aligns with this development, incorporating areas for both collaborative and private working, whilst also thinking about accessibility.
If you’re thinking about renovating your office space, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our professional designers here.