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You will have probably heard the phrase 'there is no place like home'. This refers to our dwellings being 'a comfortable space in which can feel safe and able to express ourselves in' – there aren't many places away from it that evoke the same feelings.

When it comes to office design in London, an increasing number of businesses are becoming aware of the need to make theirs reflect that same comfortable, homely feel. It makes plenty of sense; as we spend almost as much time at work than we do enjoying our home interiors, we should be able to feel safe and comfortable as we embark on our work.

Feeling like this will ultimately help us to be creative and productive; two elements that lead to success for the business. Therefore, it is very much in the interest of the business to ensure that their employees are able to feel 'at home'.

How to make an office design in London feel more homely

If you're interested in creating that homely feel in your office, whilst you would want to achieve a 'residential look' you need to remember that commercial interiors are created differently.You should always place durability and safety over any overt stylish effect.

Aside from that, in order to make your office design in London feel more like home, consider the following elements:

  • Lighting. Too many offices still use fluorescent lights that are only able to shine the same, constant shade. This potentially causes tiredness, boredom and even eye strain in people. Opting for LED lights will allow for a vast spectrum of shades that can be varied throughout the day.Also, think about including more natural light within the office too;increasing your window displays to let the light in from the outside is proven to help with comfort, concentration and general health.
  • Furniture.When we talk about comfort and functionality at work, the first thing to come to mind will probably be the furniture. Being sat down for 7+ hours a day will require specialist, ergonomic seating that allows employees to go about their work without feeling like they're straining or having to constantly adjust their position to find a decent level of comfort.

Away from seating, many a business uses standing desks to give their employees the option of movement; getting them away from constant sitting and moving their body, whilst still performing their work. Combining comfortable seating and desks that allow them to work standing will ultimately cater better towards their physical health, leaving a happy and content employee.

  • Colours. Any office that has a dull, uniform colour for their decor will evoke the same feelings amongst the people who work there. Infusing your office design in London with multiple colours will make the space more engaging, welcoming and fun. Decorating with multiple colours also allows the business to incorporate its company branding within the space. 'Colour' doesn't just mean the paint on the walls, by the way; you can use colours in graphics,artwork and even the upholstery to communicate positive feelings.
  • Create multiple rooms. The 'classic office' seems to evoke an image of 'as ingular room with a couple of separate rooms for the higher-ups and important meetings'. Today's agile office design makes it possible for the business to take that classic image and mould it better towards how its people want to work, as well as creating things that can make them feel more at home.

Away from the main, open plan area, quiet rooms can be added to allow people to work in privacy, away from distraction. Breakout rooms offer people the opportunity to unwind, recollect or to have informal meetings with their fellows, away from the stressful work area or the formal meeting room. Then there are kitchens, cafe and bar areas that can be used for better catering and to boost working relationships/rapport.

  • Greenery. In a similar manner to how natural light can create a better connection to the outside, the addition of plants in the workplace will be better for health and add vibrancy to the office. Bringing more greenery into the work space will (literally) breathe more life into a previously-stuffy and boring environment.

Lastly, always remember that what makes your office a true home is its people. So be sure to listen to them to understand their requirements and try to accommodate them as best as possible. One way of doing so, would be hiring a professional office design company to help.

Create your 'home away from home' with Oaktree Interiors

If you are indeed looking to create a more homely feel with a new office design in London, the dedicated office fit out team here at Oaktree Interiors can help. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, we have created bespoke office interiors that have made a huge difference to, not just the functional capabilities of our clients, but the atmosphere too; creating places where people want to work.

Regardless if your main aim is to raise productivity, to make an impression on your clients or you want a refresh of your tired-looking interiors, refurbishing your office will provide you with the best opportunity to truly understand what image you want your company to reflect.

If you would like to learn more about how we can help, please feel free to give our expert office fitters a call today on 0345 21 86955. Alternatively, you can send an e-mail to hello@oaktreeoffice.com.

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