Corporate office interior design

The successful conception, design and implementation of any commercial fit-out require mastery and expertise across architectural, design and construction phases led by excellent project management.

Interior design and its disciplines have been mistakenly understood by stakeholders of commercial projects as a luxury afterthought; ‘a cherry on the cake’, ‘an olive in the martini’.

Nothing could be further from the truth. In our humble experience Corporate office interior design, good design is often the result of the right vision and expertise across functional domains, coming together through well led orchestration and collaboration.

The onus of relevance has never been more important, keywords such as ‘timeless’, ‘sustainable’ and ‘eco-friendly’ driving the creative agenda adding value to a project is much more than just lip service.

Understanding your space: what are the sizes, heights and shapes of your working areas? What sort of furniture and fittings will be integrated? Where are the doors? Where are the windows? How much natural light is available?

Defining your vision: is branding defining the vision? Is the vision to achieve harmony across all areas or to accommodate functionality? Is there an orderly pattern among materials, objects and placements? Are the furniture and fittings distributed aesthetically?

Corporate office interior design Dimensionally relevant to each other and their environments?

Selecting a color palette: every space is unique, and every corporation has a different vision, domain and operation. As such there are many variables to consider when selecting a color palette for your new corporate interior.

Corporate identity will likely play a lead role in any design brief, a company’s existing brand and culture will need to be present and complemented in the final color palette.

Color temperature will often complement branding, but the size and lighting density of your space or climate can also add weight to your selection: warmer colors (reds, oranges and yellows), cooler colours (violets, blues) or neutral colors, (as a general rule, greens are the most neutral of all colors).

Personal touches are the finish, they include the plants, pictures, and other aesthetics that add weight to and complement your corporate identity.

Optical illusions are the secret weapon of any interior designer, a low ceiling can seem taller when using a cool color that is lighter than the walls, a vast space can be contained using a color darker than the walls, a room can seem more spacious using cool and light colors on side walls, against darker warmer colors.

There are four sorts of color schemes to choose from when defining your palette:

Monotone – a single pale color palette (e.g. beiges)

Monochromatic – a single vibrant color palette (e.g. reds)

Analogous – adjacent color wheels (e.g. red, orange and yellow)

Complementary – contrasting colors (e.g. red with green)

Here are some ‘rule of thumb’ concepts and expert tips to consider when experimenting with your color palette.

Use lighter or neutral colours on large expanses, using brighter colors sparingly for accents;

Consistency is important, don’t be afraid to reuse accent colors;

Balance patterns with plain elements, don’t overwhelm;

Plain areas give the eyes rest, while textures and patterns relieve boredom;

Natural light changes colours and intensity throughout the day;

Use natural light to your advantage, greet the morning sun with bright cheerful accents;

Use muted, cool and neutral accents to complement darker spaces;

Grayed tones are more restful and will complement your accents more fully;

Use bright intense coloring only to highlight key accessories, the smaller the area the more intense a color can be;

Vice versa, colour intensifies with area, the more of one color you use, the stronger it can seem;

Make allowance for texture rougher surfaces or fabrics appear darker, hard glossy surfaces reflect more and appear brighter;

Make allowances for distance, the close a space is the more intense it can be, colors will often grey or blend to their environments with distance;