Your Office Reception Area: the Public Face of Your Firm
For businesses that welcome customers to their corporate headquarters on a regular basis, the reception area really is the public face of their firm. It is the first thing that visitors see when they arrive and the last thing they see when they leave. If you want to ensure that your customers leave with a good impression of your organisation, you need to create an office reception that truly reflects what your company stands for and what it has to offer.
Standing out from the Crowd
It is not enough to include a little glass and chrome in the design, in the hope that a modern look and feel will wow your clients. With so many companies following similar design trends in major cities such as London, you need to make a bold statement if you want to stand out from the crowd. If your next office fit out project includes your corporate reception area, consider the following suggestions before you get started.
- Use High Quality Materials – You cannot make a strong statement with cheap materials, at least not one that you would like your customers to see! Use top-grade natural stone, solid timber and other high quality materials to ensure that your reception area projects a strong, positive image. The cost of refurbishing a reception area with quality materials will obviously be higher than if you were to use the cheapest products available but the overall effect will more than justify the additional expense.
- Introduce an Element of Drama – Choose a design that is practical for your needs but that also introduces an element of drama into the corporate workspace. Reception areas are the perfect place for bold and innovative design ideas: whether you incorporate a living wall into the layout, opt for high ceilings and panoramic windows, or purchase an unusual, bespoke reception desk, you should seriously consider including a design feature that sets your offices apart from all the others in the city.
- Integrate Your ICT Network – You already know that your reception area will be home to a telephone switchboard and several computer terminals so do not add them as an afterthought. Integrate your ICT cabling and sockets into the overall design for your reception so that they blend in seamlessly rather than stick out like a sore thumb. You should also consider future upgradeability at this point: you don’t want to have to refurbish the whole area in a couple of years’ time, simply because you neglected to consider your future IT and telecommunications requirements.
At Saracen Interiors, we understand the vital role that office receptions play in projecting a positive corporate image to clients and have successfully completed many challenging projects involving a major redesign and refurbishment of this key area. To get an idea of what is possible when you employ an experienced and talented office design team, please take a couple of minutes to check out our Tata Communications case study. For further information, please do not hesitate to call or email at any time.