Designing Successful Workplace Interiors


Designing a Successful Workplace Interior is . . . . .  like baking a Beautiful Chocolate Cake!

office interior design is like making chocolate cake

To Create an effective Workplace Interior . . . you need to add certain ingredients . . .  in different proportions at specific intervals  . . . . baked over a required time  . . . finally . . . . You have a beautiful and Practical Workplace Interior,

These are some of the required ingredients:

GREET

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CSG Reception designed by Karyn Reynolds, founder of PurpleChilli Lifestyle Interiors

Your Reception needs to WOW . . . . . because . . . . this is where you greet your clients . . .and therefore . . . . this is where first impressions are made . . . .  make your reception beautiful and note-worthy!

Read more about Reception areas here – How to create effective reception areas

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MEET

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Boardroom Photo by Nastuh Abootalebi on Unsplash

All workplaces need meeting places . . . Large Boardrooms for the large formal meetings . . . medium meeting rooms for the not so formal . . . . or as large meetings . . . .and . . . .  smaller meeting rooms for the littler meetings.

Meeting spaces can be planned as meeting and training areas . . .  they can be divided into smaller and bigger spaces . . . and therefore . . . save space and money. . . . .  Also . . . . Add informal meeting places into the mix like this one:

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Informal meeting area – CSG – designed by Karyn Reynolds, founder of PurpleChilli Lifestyle Interiors

WORK

An essential ingredient for effective Workplace Interior design? . . .  A place to work! . . . .  Individual offices?     Or open plan?     A combination of both?       What kind of desks does your staff need, what is your budget?          What do your staff do?  . . . . . . On computers all day?   Or out in the field? . . . . Sitting or standing desks? These are all the different components to effective and productive planning. Oh and . . . .Don’t forget the chair!

Discover what people need . . . and as a result . . . give them that!   . . . . Happy Staff . . . . equals . . . . as a consequence . . . .  Productive and Profitable Workplaces.

ORGANISE

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Paper; stationery; filing etc – where do you put it?  . . . . . How do you access it?? . . . . Studies have shown that the average person wastes 4.3 hours per week searching for papers. Office productivity goes up by almost 50% . . . .due to  . . . effective Organisation of stuff and things.

BREATHE

Air . . . . lots of fresh air. . . . . even if windows in the office environment do open, ensure that you have fresh air pumped into the office. . . . .Lack of fresh air in the office environment has been linked to tiredness, and as a result . . . . lack of concentration . . . . .  furthermore . . . . add in plants, they produce oxygen and they look good too!

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Plants in the office – CSG – designed by Karyn Reynolds, founder of Purplechilli Lifestyle interiors

EAT

Workplace design the is the art of how a human interacts with the work environment. . . . . due to the fact that Humans spend huge amounts of their day at work, resulting good workplace design is important . . . BUT so is . . . . nourishment . . . .  remember to factor Food  . . . .and as a consequence . . . . places to eat food . . .  into the design of the office. . . . Furthermore . . . either ensure that your staff have easy access to shops and restaurants . . . . or provide in-house food for their needs. . . . At the very least . . . . provide a place to make coffee and tea, with a small fridge and a sink.

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Green kitchen – CSG Newlands, designed by Karyn Reynolds founder of PurpleChilli Interiors

PLAY

What is the saying?  . . .  Work Hard and Play hard? . . . .   Consider adding a space where your staff can have an opportunity for some fun . . . . and  as a result, can be more productive!. . . . Include a play space into the design of the workplace . . . .  include it into the eat space . . . . Creating an combined EAT   -RELAX –  WORK space  . . . .and  . . .  can double up as an entertainment space for staff and clients.

A putting green for example?

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Putting green – CSG Newlands, designed by Karyn Reynolds, founder of PurpleChilli Lifestyle Interiors

Or Table Tennis anyone?

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Table tennis recreation area – Designed by Katherine du Plooy from du Plooy Studios

THINK

You know that feeling . . . .  it is too loud to think?  . . . . since one of the downfalls of an open plan offices is NOISE.  . . . .  effective Corporate Interior Design can eliminate noise . . . with – first of all . . . . .designing quiet spaces where staff can go to Think . . . be quiet . . . and  . . .  take or make that confidential phone call and . . .  consequently . . . get productive.

RELAX

Add in spaces that are designed for relaxation . . . . .spaces that change the tone, and . . . . as a result . . . make the Workplace Interior softer . . . consider changing the colour from the rest of the office environment . . . change the furniture . . . add couches, a rug and flowers. . . . .  a place that allows your staff to sit and have a relaxing conversation . . .  and, in turn creating . . . .   a place for an informal meeting or client meeting.

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Jembi – Designed by Katherine du Plooy of du Plooy Studios

SUPPORT

While all of the above is important . . . . most of all . . . do not forget to include support. . . . a well designed workplace interior  needs a support structure . . . .  housing all required infrastructure. . . . this includes a space for computer servers / storage /  furniture /  archiving  / stationary / and any other odds and sods that may be required.


Ultimately there is a lot more that goes into designing effective office environments, Contact PurpleChilli Lifestyle Interiors today for a consultation on purplechilli@purplechillilifestyle.co.za ….. or head-over to this page e-design for our virtual design services.

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