Gone are the days when an office design just involved a room with the desks, chairs and sufficient equipment in it to do the job. Today's commercial office interiors need to work as an extension of a business's advertising materials. The look and feel of an office fit out can say so much about the capabilities of a company – it can show a well-organised, modern, forward-thinking operation or it can show a company that is dull, unorganised and stuck in the past.

If you need to host any clients, what does your office design say about you?

The Importance of Modern, Bespoke Commercial Office Interiors.

Quite simply, if you need to communicate to your clients that you are a strong business, who knows the industry inside out and can offer them confidence that you'll deliver them their perfect service, then a suitable office design is a must. Much like your presentation skills you are able to bestow in your talks or materials – your office is an extension of those. When a client walks into your office, they'll immediately get an impression of who the company is and what they're like, essentially 'in their own backyard'. Does the office design and the atmosphere around it promote them as positively as their materials and speeches say it is?

The manner in which the office is laid out says a lot about your company values. For example, a completely original design that adheres to company branding and incorporates modern technology will set a professional and forward-thinking image. A professional, modern business I can deal with.

When it comes to the layout of the working areas, open office design is starting to become the standard design for many modern businesses, as they help to encourage employees to co-operate and sets an image of transparency and friendship to the client. Also, as the first point-of-contact that any client will have with your business, the need for the reception area to be warm and welcoming, cannot be overestimated too.

​Tips On Setting A Sense Of Authority To Clients.

If you're thinking about updating your commercial office interiors to set a strong, communicative imagefor employees and clients alike, here are some tips on setting – andmaintaining – an authoritative office design.

  • Minimalist Decor. In the many recent office designs we've carried out here at Oaktree Interiors, we've noticed a trend that has seen businesses want to adopt a more 'natural' approach in their commercial office interiors. Interior design, in general, has seen a need for rooms to be 'minimalist'; with exposed wood, metal and brickwork being trendy in homes, now making their way to office environments. Whether it's to set that more 'homely' feel, cut down on maintenance costs or to simply present a stylish, modern look, natural minimalist decor should be something that all modern businesses should consider.
  • Natural Elements. On a similar theme, the inclusion of nature within an office design – whether it's plants or big windows to let in natural light – is a popular modern trend that says so much about how a business looks after its workforce. The obvious caricature of an office is that it's made up of enclosed cubicles, surrounded by boring, dull walls with fluorescent lights shining down the same amount of light all day. Introducing elements such as plants (or indeed, living walls) to decorate those boring walls, will provide a different, somewhat calming look to the decor of an office. The same can be said of the usage of natural light – with its changing nature throughout the day, people won't be stuck in the constant, non-changing environment that will leave them stuck for inspiration.
  • Cleaning The Office. It may be obvious to say but the importance of regular cleaning of the office is vitally important, not just to present a professional business image but also for the health and well-being of everyone who works there. Unclean commercial office interiors will just project an image of disorganisation and unprofessionalism – something that you wouldn't want if you were the business owner, trying to impress potential clients. Always endeavour to undertake regular cleaning of the office, whether you do it yourself or hire a professional cleaning company to do it for you.
  • Avoiding A Build-Up of Clutter. One of the easiest things for any room to do is to experience a build-up of clutter – not necessarily waste items, but items that are intended to be used again. With the nature of work being so fast-paced and the potential for tasks to build up, it can be easy for items to be placed to one side and forgotten about as people go about their jobs – leading to an eventual build up. Introducing safe storage areas, either in accessible locations and/or on desks, along with an anti-clutter policy are methods in which this issue can be nipped in the bud. A build up of clutter in any office design just smacks of unprofessionalism – if this business is so disorganised in their own offices, what will their services be like?
  • The Importance of Furniture. Aside from its obvious ability to offer comfort to the workforce, the aesthetic look of furniture can, like the decor, set a striking professional image to clients. There's a finite amount of space in an office, so using every opportunity to advertise the business's professional image must be taken – especially if you want to set a sense of simplicity, creativity and of course, authority. Think carefully about the look and feel of the furniture – does it offer comfort and yet look in harmony with your decor?

Authoritative Office Design, From Oaktree Interiors.

Interested in the benefits that authoritative commercial office interiors can bring to your business? Here at Oaktree Interiors, we have many years of experience in creating modern, bespoke office spaces for a wide array of business operations.

If you would like to learn more about how our services are able to create the perfect brand-focused office design for your business, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us today. You can give us a call on 0845 474 3556 or you can send us an e-mail at hello@oaktreeoffice.com.

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