How to Create an Inviting and Exciting Office Space
Posted in Color, Commercial Design, Feng Shui, Furniture, Interior Design, Lighting, Office Design on April 7, 2020
Feng Shui design principles aren’t just for the home. It is equally important to create good energy in the workplace, where there’s a need for concentration, collaboration, and creativity. Recently I updated the new corporate office space of Omega Property Management in Maple Grove, Minnesota; this was a move for the company to grow and expand. Here is how I livened the space and created better flow for increased productivity and happiness.
- The 2020 trend colors matched perfectly with the company’s logo – pewter green, navy, soft off-white, and gray. In Feng Shui design, white helps people concentrate. But you still need some color to add life.
- These colors are reminiscent of nature. Biophilic design, a concept based on the research and findings of biologist Edward Wilson, connects people to nature in their interiors, which has a positive impact on their health and well-being. The faux wall planters add a natural touch.
- To create a welcoming area and more seating for waiting clients, the space was divided, allowing for plenty of room for the receptionist’s work area.
- To soften the space, I rounded the wall in front of the receptionist’s desk. In Feng Shui design, sharp angles, particularly those pointed directly at a person when they enter a room, are called Sha Chi, or poison arrows. They can weaken your energy.
- The countertops on the upper part of the receptionist’s desk are Cambria and the lower work area is laminate. This allowed for cost savings while also adding a dressed-up look.
- Mid-century modern furniture was added to the reception area as well as recessed lighting in the ceiling to tone down the fluorescent lights, creating a welcoming atmosphere. A decorative light fixture was added to give visual interest and help separate the reception workspace from the waiting area.
- To save money, I found refurbished cubicles in gray tones – they were just like new!
- The conference room got a biophilic design boost with a pewter green wall and carpeting in the trending colors of blue, gray, and soft green.
- While we did reuse most of the furniture in the conference room, the company upgraded the conference chairs.
Conference Room – After
- To create a more relaxed workspace and a place to eat and take a break, we opened up a whole wall.
- The booths in the back not only add a space to take a break or eat lunch, but offer an informal space to have collaborative meetings.
- The deeper caramel wall color is a great complement to the rest of the color scheme.
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