Office design is one more specialty within interior design. As important is the design of the environment of a home as that of an office, since we spend much of our time in the professional environment and the design of the facilities must be consistent with what we want to achieve. If you want to achieve a space that is responsible with the environment and in which your workers enjoy optimum work quality, you should keep in mind, during your next reform, the following interior design concepts.
Interior design concepts for office design
Design is a specialty that is based on several fundamental pillars. To get an efficient and responsible workplace you must put into practice some of the concepts that we are going to see next. You must try not to go crazy and know, on each occasion, the concepts that you must apply to your reform. In this sense, you must apply, more than ever, the mythical phrase “less is more”, by the architect Mies Van der Rohe, since it is not necessary to overload the spaces if what we want to achieve is space and air for ideas to flow.
These are some of the concepts and ideas that you can bring to reality to achieve a hand- made project tailored to your needs.
We will start talking about one of the most important terms, symmetry. This refers to the shape and size position with respect to a point of the elements of an entire set. In other words, symmetry is the equal placement, with respect to a point, of your office furniture. In this way what is achieved is a perfect balance between all the objects that will be part of our decoration. To carry out this ordering, it is important to fix an axis or reference point so that from this we can place the objects symmetrically on both sides.
From our experience we always advise that, if possible, the symmetry be included in a partial way in the decoration, since when it is included in its entirety, it takes on too much prominence and the rest of the concepts may lose the importance that dominates them.
Proportion of the elements
This concept is not only used in interior design, but also in the architecture of buildings, in the design of exterior spaces or for any object interactive with the human being, it has to be taken into account.
When speaking of proportion, reference is made directly to the scale. This has been studied throughout history, relating it to the proportions of the human being. Therefore any space and the objects found in it must keep the necessary relationship with man, thus avoiding major problems. These problems can cause the loss of objects or office furniture within the space itself or, conversely, massively saturate these spaces.
For this reason the interior designer’s work imposes its bases on the previous study of the space. Therefore do not lose sight of this concept and think about the proportions that we have commented when it comes to furnishing your new office.
Establish a focal element
So that harmony is not lost in your design, it is very important that you assign a focal element. This element or point refers to the area of greatest interest or greatest prominence in your next office. This area will capture all the attention of your clients and therefore you must take care of their orientation.
This area can be established through colors, shapes or any other element that stands out and makes it the center of interest, such as furniture. In many offices, the aim is to direct the client towards the brand or towards services, whether they are viewing it from the outside or inside the office. Therefore, it is very important to define an area that you want to highlight and that also transmits a clear message to the user or client who is visiting you.
If there are several elements that take center stage, these will compete for attention and the overall design will weaken.
Light up your next office
Now that we have already talked about some of the most technical terms of interior design, we will move on to some of the most aesthetic but also necessary. To start we will do it with the lighting, surely you already know that if a room is not well lit, it will be of little use if the proportion, symmetry or focal element are defined. Lighting is the same or more important than the rest of the criteria that we will see below, since without it none of these would take on the desired role.
Depending on the type of lighting you choose, you will determine the function of each zone. There are different types of lighting, designed for each area and also you have to play with the power of light for each one of them. In this way:
- To illuminate the work area it is important to have cold light and high power, since in this one they will be working with the computer and will need a light that compensates for their visual fatigue.
- If you want to illuminate the rest or leisure area of the workers, you can use the warm light, which, well distributed, will help to achieve the initial objectives of rest and distraction.
- For the customer waiting area, a cool but low to medium wattage light can help customers feel calm and active.
The aesthetics you choose for each of the lighting systems should be consistent with the overall furniture.
Office furniture according to the central design
Once you are clear about the hot and cold areas of your office, it is time to choose office furniture for each of your work areas. To choose the decisive furniture for the different areas, you must first have chosen a style. This style will determine the materials, colors or finishes to be used.
It is important that the style you choose meets and respects the function of your different areas. Keep in mind that you should play with the chairs, tables, counters or chairs of communities that you decide to incorporate into your decoration.