How to create effective Reception areas

Interior Design is in the first place, the art of designing a space, to fulfil the function of the space, {FUNCTIONALITY} including how humans will interact with the space, and secondly to make the space aesthetically pleasing {LOOK AND FEEL}.

Start with the function of the room, and what the objective(s) are for the room.

Typically a reception area would have the following functions & objectives:

  • GREET

This is the first impression your client has of your business, make it count.

Your reception desk is the most viewed piece of furniture in your office, make a bold statement. This piece of furniture needs to be beautiful and functional. Ensure that there is enough space, storage and filing for all the requirements the occupant(s) of this desk needs.

I have designed reception areas without a receptionist or reception desk, as these were the requirements of those particular clients.

Zimmer reception

This is a picture of a reception counter without a reception desk (Zimmer Roodepoort) designed by Karyn Reynolds founder of PurpleChilli Lifestyle Interiors
  • SEAT

Where your clients are seated, make sure the seating is comfortable and hard wearing. Include a space surface for coffee cups. FUN fact: if you put a 2 seater couch in a reception area, people will NEVER sit together if you don’t know them, so stick to single chairs, like these:

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Comfortable and beautiful seating (CSG Newlands) designed by Karyn Reynolds, founder of PurpleChilli Lifestyle Interiors
  • SHOW

Display what your company is about, use your mission and vision statements, your core values, or other interesting facts about your company. Include Lighting, art, plants and sculpture into the environment to add layers of interest.

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Reception area (CSG Newlands) designed by Karyn Reynolds, founder of PurpleChilli Lifestyle Interiors
  • TELL

This is the most fantastic opportunity to highlight your brand and market your company to a captive audience! Feature your Logo, display it prominently and ensure it is lit correctly. Here are some examples….

acer Headoffice, sunninghill JHB

Acer’s reception Head office sunninghill, Johannesburg designed by Karyn Reynolds, founder of PurpleChilli lifestyle interiors

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Reception area (CSG Newlands) designed by Karyn Reynolds, founder of PurpleChilli lifestyle interiors
  • MEET

Low on meeting space? Let your reception waiting area double up as an informal meeting area, or use an area within the reception to form an informal meeting area like this:

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Informal meeting space adjacent to the Reception area (CSG Newlands) designed by Karyn Reynolds, founder of PurpleChilli lifestyle interiors

A well designed reception area is an advantage for any company.

Contact PurpleChilli today for a free consultation today!

purplechilli@purplechillilifestyle.co.za

 

 

 

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