Taste: The flavour of office design
Taste is one of the final 6 human sense we have left to discuss, and link in to office design.
Now we aren’t literally talking about designing an office like some kind of edible Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory but more the subjective sense of personal taste in design.
A such, taste in this sense is quite hard to categorise as it relies on personal preference of aesthetics, what looks good and how it compares to other similar projects. Taste typically varies from person to person and what works for one may not work for another, however there are a lot of underlying themes that can be woven into an office design and build… no matter what sector, size or sequence of rooms and areas.
The first way in which someone might be able to form an opinion to see if your office is made in good taste is using their primary sense of sight.
The key determining factors here are.
Placement of furniture
Placement of furniture and where it is seen. Placing the correct furniture for each room, sofas in breakout spaces not in the middle of workspaces so they are seen in the right place for example. Furniture needs to be used tastefully to affect how the space is viewed. The right furniture can be hard to find but often furniture suppliers will work with you to fill your space with furniture that reflects your brand and the aesthetic you are looking to achieve.
Our designers at Spacio have spent years to figure out the best way of blending these components together and using them in the right space. Not using dark blue and a green colour too close to each other or using lighter tones to fit the mood and work areas of an accountancy firm for higher productivity. Colour sets the intangible mood and therefore determines if an office is made in good taste.
Lighting sets the tone and mood of the environment. But it also affects the taste of an environment. Humans have developed some of the best photo receptor cells out of any other animal and are capable of picking up on a lot of information based around how bright an area is and how warm or cold the lighting is.
Using colder more blue lighting that is very bright will give people the impression of a hard working office environment where productivity is high such as a law firm whereas in the opposite end. Softer warmer lighting will encourage people to see the space as a creative environment.
Importance of good taste in office design
When an office is designed with good taste in mind you are much more likely to attract top tier talent. An office built with good taste gives people a good feeling when they are in the space. This is not limited to top talent. This affect helps to win over clients as a good taste in office design gives people a good feeling to be in the space and a happy client is one that is much more likely to buy into your product or service.
Makes employees look good and feel good.
The same can also be true for employees that work there. Offices that look good and feel good then reflect on the employees that work there who will be more productive as they want to keep up the high company standards. Harder working employees means a lot more productivity for your firm.
Challenges of taste.
Applying yourself to create an office that is in good taste can be very difficult. Often you may find that one specific piece of furniture will complete the look and feel of your company but that one furniture item is more expensive and unique. It can also take time to figure out the right combination of colours and lighting. Thankfully here at Spacio we have a tried and tested method to design and build an office that is in good taste every single time.
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