How many times have you heard the saying ‘your front desk area or reception is the first impression of your business’? Yes, time and time again we hear this saying yet how much budget or care do you put in to this area within your organisation? Have you created that first impression that you feel your company, staff, clients and visitors deserve?
Next time you start your day and walk through your reception or offices, ask yourself this question to see if your company offers the right impression to those you need to impress.
It is so easy to get stuck into a rut with the same colours, old style furniture or outdated design. If this is your company, keep that image in your head and then times it by ten. Now, imagine what your company portraits to your staff, clients and visitors to your premises.
Never judge a book by it’s cover
Ok, so we can think about the saying, ‘never judge a book by it’s cover’ which is true when it comes to a person but your commercial investment of your business is a totally different ball game. Your image and brand is what creates your standards, products and services. Let’s be clear, first impressions are made within minutes and you want this to be a positive one.
Imagine spending a good budget on a nice, impressive website which has created the right personal touch about your company. This is a normal thing to do but then you suddenly get a visit from a potential client and then what? Unfortunately, a lick of paint is not going to cut the mustard on this occasion.
Planning your budget to make an impression
Any good commercial fit out contractor will advise that your reception area should be an important item to add into your budget for the office fit out planner. It adds up! You can only ever add positives out of this investment, providing you have it designed and installed by the right fit out company.
It doesn’t have to be the latest, swanky, top of the range theme. You can adapt accordingly within reason but do put aside a fair budget for the work. If you cut corners and scrimp for scrimping purposes only, well really you will find that your benefit has been a little disappointing.
Make sure you have an idea on how much you would like to spend and to what extent you would like the design to impress your visitors.
Personalising your reception
The starting point is to create a design or some ideas around how you would like it to look, what furniture you would like to store and any particular colours. Remember that if you are choosing colours that are currently in trend and same with the furniture, this will look outdated within two years. It’s a personal choice but if you are looking for value for money or longevity as part of your plan, trends are not a good idea.
Having said that, this doesn’t mean that you need to go for something old fashioned or ‘old hat’ as we like to call it!
A good contractor will help you with advice on design, what will work or even more important, what to stay away from. They will also keep you up-to-date with any building regulations and on the right track with other safety legislation. If you would like to know more about office fit out or reception design work, feel free to get in touch for a free, no obligation quote firstname.lastname@example.org
Show your Logo and Brand with pride
Your logo, corporate strapline and vision should be part of your design. Your commitment, time and money goes into the day-to-day business so why hide your unique feature of Logo and other images of branding?
Too many organisations get lost in their operations of the business that they forget to shout out who they are and why they are there!
Logo’s and Branding is not just for websites, letterheads and the outdated compliment slips. Today’s technology allows company’s to have so many different features of screen print manifestation for office glass partitions, reception walls and windows. You can even go one step further and look at some custom made plastic designed branding to really set you on the right path and create an impact.
White is the new Magnolia
If you don’t feel bold or want trendy bright colours dotted around your reception area, why not go for the classic white or off-white. Yes, this colour has very much come back as one of the first choices as it is easy to match up with corporate Logo’s and Branding styles.
It will usually make your colours and message be noticed quickly, therefore it is doing part of the work for you. You can always accessorise this with a colour for a feature wall if you want to incorporate a colour of your business Brand. Remember! If you choose red, this colour takes 3 or 4 coats of paint to get a good finish so allow this extra cost in your budget.
Keep it clean, clutter free and necessary
Think about what this area will be used for. Will it be manned by staff or an intercom/dial through system? If it is the latter, you then have a bit more budget to splash out on possibly fitting a TV on the wall where you can showcase your products, staff and any awards. Add a nice seating area and some good flooring.
Don’t forget about the stairs and ceiling work too as if you leave this out, this will make your reception look a poor finish.
If you have a large open plan reception with space, you may want to incorporate adding a small partition office area if you are restricted to office space. Even look at some really good storage ideas and making the most of this area but keeping it tidy, presented well and impressive.
Reception desk addition
Depending on what your vision and plan is for the reception areas, if you choose a reception desk then usually they are there to make a statement. They’re not cheap to buy but it’s an important feature unless you choose to spend your budget on a more impressive fit out option and intercom system.
There is nothing worse that seeing a lovely reception desk area and no one there to help! Plan your office reception on usability, need and best commercial fit out design possible.
If you would like any further information regarding commercial reception or office fit outs, drop us a call on 0191 519 6919 or email email@example.com. We would love to help you get the right design and of course, we would be very happy to offer you a quotation for any commercial or industrial fit out projects you may have on the horizon.