Office spaces can actually be for work and be warm and inviting at the same time. Whether you work in a one room office space or an office suite, there is always a way to achieve great atmosphere in the work- place while still providing function, additional storage space via your furniture choices, and a comfortable atmosphere that inspires people to actually enjoy their work.
The picture included with today’s article is a recent office space project. The owner of the office wanted his office to be a place as proud to host potential clients as it is to host those working there. That comes from creating an office space that takes a residential design approach. By turning off the overhead florescent lighting (a true killer of style), we opted for lamp lighting in combination with the natural light that comes through the windows. The area rug makes the conference space feel more cozy and inviting, and the bedroom dresser, acting like a console, provides lots of storage as well as design character to the room. While a commercial space, Roman shades warm up the otherwise cold, blinds-only windows. Whether a residential or commercial project, you can guarantee anything I wave my magic wand over will include at least one mirror. Mirrors open up rooms, reflect light, and don’t compete with neighboring artwork or photography, not to mention what they do to kick up the style factor in any room.
In fact, all the key pieces selected for this Longwood office all came from a favorite of your’s truly, Overstock.com http://www.overstock.com. For $2.95 flat shipping, I ordered a leather sofa, ottoman, dining table that acts as a conference table, two bedroom dressers that act as credenzas, leather dining chairs that became meeting chairs for the conference table and two armless, low-profile chairs in the small meeting space in the other part of this office. Remember to think outside of the box. You do not need to head to the obvious places like Office Depot or Staples for office furniture. Many of the best looking offices contain furniture that not only didn’t come from an office store, but were never intended to be used in an office at all.
Just like most things in life, you can’t take everything at face value. Look at what’s on the market, and see how it could function in a different way for you. I promise you the world of great design opens up ten-fold when you open your mind to the possibilities. Now get to work on your office space, and it won’t feel like work at all when you are done!