Commercial interior designers have long been engaged by businesses to deliver great spaces for their stakeholders. At a surface level, it is easy to imagine the positive impact that a space’s interior design can have on everyone in it. Yet beyond the initial reactions of intrigue and compliments that it may fish out from visitors, a well-designed space also has a whole range of other functional benefits.
In this article, we shall take a look at the true impact of commercial interior design services on both spaces and the people who inhibit them.
Interior Design can Improve the Health of Everyone
Unknown to many, interior design can actually have a huge impact on the wellbeing of everyone within in the space. This occurs due to a variety of subtle effects that it has.
For starters, biophilic design is used to great effect in commercial interior design. Biophilic design styles are strongly influence by the appearance of natural elements such as trees, waterfalls and cliffs. It is believed that by having designs that mimic such elements, we as people are better able to reconnect to nature. This in turn helps to relieve stress and tension while also stimulating us to perform at a high level.
Biophilic Design features in commercial spaces include that of indoor waterfalls, gardens and green walls. When combined with more muted colors and materials, these features are free to take center stage and to occupy our attention. More importantly, it offers a break from the overly structured forms of typical urban designs.
Having natural features within your building gives employees and visitors time to spend away from the hustle of their work. Rather than spending their break time inefficiently at their desks in an effort to recharge, they would be free to destress at these natural features. As such, you could view such features as a being a quick getaway area that efficiently reenergizes everyone.
Given the number of hours that we spend sitting at a desk and working with relatively little movement, physical activity is placed at a premium. A highly subtle element, interior designers can make use of lines, colours and light to create dynamic spaces.
When people are within such spaces, they are sub-consciously encouraged to move in the dictated direction. In doing so, the space design can both encourage a more active lifestyle or encourage people to move according to the desired flow. How is this achieved?
Colour theory informs us that active colours exist. For example, when people see the colour red, they feel more hungry and active. There is a subtle urge to take action or to increase one’s energy output. By strategically placing active colours within an environment, interior designers can get you to physically move out of your current position.
Yet, movement without direction would create unnecessary confusion or doubt within the space. This is where dynamic lines and light comes into play. Dynamic lines and light give direction to the energy that has been teased out of people. They help to draw one’s focus onto a distant point to which the person is drawn to.
Attracting Talent to your Company
It is no secret that people would prefer to spend time in attractive spaces. As such, it would benefit you to have an interior design that is attractive to potential talents. Yet, defining what an attractive space should look like is actually a difficult task. After all, we all have our own quirks, tastes and preferences.
There is no Cookie Cutter Approach
It should also be noted that it would be foolhardy to cater your entire design towards attracting talent without taking into account your brand. While tech companies are currently at the forefront of innovative interior designs and workplace features, this is also due to their heavy emphasis on creativity and innovation. Such values may run in contrast with more formal and rigorous industries.
As such, rather than taking strict reference from the likes of Google and Facebook, it is important to consider your brand and the type of people you wish to attract. An interesting application of this is the legal industry where a combination of transparent & white surfaces together with an influx of sunlight creates productive work environments that reflect their values.
Millennials make up a large proportion of the current workforce, currently occupying junior to senior positions in corporations. For the last decade, business decision makers have been grappling with ideas to attract and retain this generation’s talent.
While it is true that there is no one true approach to interior design that attracts all the right individuals for your company, there are certain trends or features that are attractive to millennials.
One way that millennials differ from their predecessors lies in their preference for activity based zones. Akin to a hot desking approach, activity based zones offer a variety of different themed spaces that help you to perform your task optimally.
In need of a quick discussion with your colleagues? Then head over to the pantry seats and do it over a cup of coffee. Do you instead need isolation? A thinking pod can be readily available, completely free of distractions.
The question then arises, do such features ever conflict with the concerns over the brand’s image. Herein lies the beauty of activity based zones; while the main work space can be reflective of the brand’s core values, each other zone can be free to cater to a specific activity.
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