What is Interior Design, & How Can It Benefit Your Business or Home?
Have you ever walked into an interior environment and noticed how immediately you become at ease? Adversely, have you been in an environment that is poorly lit, confusing, or you seem overstimulated? This post is for anyone who may be unfamiliar with Interior Design and how it benefits you psychologically and physiologically. Typically judged, in visual terms, the topic of how Interior Design can make you feel is of equal praise. We will describe some examples of how Interior Design is relevant to two of the most common places people frequent – The Office Workplace, and The Home (which currently may be functioning as both for many). We will demonstrate how implementing Interior Design to these areas is beneficial, in ways beyond beauty.
Interior Design for the Workplace
It is often through a the combination of art and science, that the need for Interior Design arises. Many companies have recognized this and are using this knowledge to their advantage. An estimated 1/3 of our lives are spent at work, and the physiological and physiological effects of Interior Design can greatly enhance our time spent at the office. Employers know that health benefits and incentives can retain employees, but what about emotional perks? When companies consider their employee’s well-being, bringing on board an Interior Design Firm can add value for creating spaces that employees can thrive in. As an Interior Designer, we know your company needs to create an encouraging work environment that is flexible & functional and to accommodate a myriad of users with complex emotional responses. Interior Designers know your company wants a project that feels on brand, is executed on time, and within budget.
So what are these benefits of Interior Design, and how does it make you feel in a space? Employee retention is a concern that many companies have considered, alongside, how to attract professional, efficient, and productive employees. When staff members feel comfortable and safe, their enjoyment of being at work increases. Providing areas for employee interaction and access to communal spaces can be as simple as a company lounge for team members. Here you foster these relationships while keeping other areas designated for quiet or solo work. For smaller companies who may not have the leisure of a large building footprint, a multi-purpose room with some comfortable seating may provide an area for respite.
With Interior Design being inherently customizable, having an in-depth conversation with a Design Firm can provide insight into areas your company is looking to improve upon. Interior Designers can provide methods for breaking up the longevity of the day by discussing workstation ergonomics, increasing employees’ opportunity to sit, stand, or walk, all within their daily interactions throughout the office. Above eye level, customizing a lighting plan that suits the function of each room, is a great way to enhance the overall ambiance of your workspace. The human eye can detect subtle contrasts, and lighting can very easily affect how we behave in our workspaces. Proper office lighting can increase employee productivity, reduce eye strain and fatigue, leaving the user inspired throughout the day. To complement general office lighting, it is beneficial to provide additional lighting according to specific tasks. Areas to adjust the lighting levels, such as the aforementioned employee lounge, or quieter areas meant to allow staff to re-charge, would benefit from warmer light tones or accent lighting.
Finally, what is the Interior Design of your workplace saying about your company? Is the workplace set up to allow teams and individuals to thrive? Creating a space that fosters a multitude of staff and work styles is the catalyst for great work. When staff feel great, they do great work, and their contribution has increased value.
Interior Design for the Home
Residential Interior Design often has the connotation of a personal connection. Curated in ways that can create an efficient and welcoming space, homes serve many purposes and have greatly advanced as newer technologies as well as advancements in materiality become more common. The kitchen is a great example of the science of design. Highly used as a functional area to cook, there has been a shift to investing in more high-tech appliances, quieter dishwashers, intelligent refrigeration, even refrigeration drawers! These advancements have allowed living areas to become smaller, providing efficient use in condensed apartment lifestyles. As well as options for the well-informed client who prefers a custom-designed approach to suit their living style.
People who have experienced a well-thought-out kitchen can appreciate how easy it is to maneuver through. When spaces are cramped, adjacencies are not considered, it can be frustrating and even difficult to complete your task let alone prepare a meal. Interior Design can help bridge the gap between functionality as well as providing a beautiful area to prepare a meal. Providing clients with long-lasting finishes & fixtures to protect their investments, combined with an organized kitchen layout, elevates your experience above doing a mundane task. People love to use their homes as a place to evoke their expressions.
Benefits of Interior Design
The way users interact and use a space widely varies, and an Interior Designer can help you collect this information about yourself to provide a personalized reflection of your company’s workspace or your personal home. It takes a curious business or homeowner to ask the questions and start the conversation as to what areas to tackle the most! Our Interior Design process, when applied from the get-go of a project, brings a cohesive and elevated comfort to your Home or Office. Our team encourages the initial discussion to revolve around budget, timelines, and your main achievements (such as employee productivity or acoustical levels in the workplace). Check out our Sound Masking blog!
Next time you are in a building ask yourself what you like about the space. What qualities are there (or not there) that allow you to feel comfortable in the space. And if you want to learn more about amplifying your home and or workspace to enable the responses mentioned above, please contact our team. Frederick & McRae has a varied background specializing in Office Interiors, Retail, and Private Residences for our clients in Grand Cayman.
By Sarah Johnson