The executive office: Designed to impress

| August 7, 2018

Designing an office space is not as easy as some people think. There are numerous factors you need to keep in mind, and when you consider the fact that you need to put together the design that will work for all of your employees, things become much more difficult.

Now, as tricky as all of that sounds, it’s nothing compared to designing an executive office space. This requires careful and meticulous planning because this office should exude power as it is a single room that represents your company as a whole.

Furthermore, this is the office that needs to make a good impression on your potential business partners, as well as clients, so apart from it looking sharp and professional, it needs to feel welcoming. Therefore, if you’re currently in the process of designing your executive office, check out the list of some helpful tips and tricks down below.

Assess the room requirements

The most important thing you need to keep in mind throughout this entire process is that you’re not designing your living area, but the office that will represent your entire business. What this means is that you should put your personal preferences aside and consider which requirements the room needs to fulfil.

For example, since this room will be the place where you’ll hold all of your business meetings, you need to carefully assess the layout. Know that the CEO’s desk should be the focal point of the room, and it should be large enough to hold all the necessary equipment.

Next, the room should include a couple of guest chairs that need to be comfortable, inviting and made of high-quality materials. Finally, to make it more inviting, add one of those modern round rugs and a comfortable sofa for less formal meetings.

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Design with your brand

Once the furniture layout has been determined, you need to determine the colours you wish to include in your design. The easiest, as well as the most logical course of action would be to go with your brand’s colours. Since the executive office is the face of your office space (so to say), using your brand’s colours in its design is the logical way to go.

This branding via corporate design will allow you to build an even stronger visual identity. However, don’t just slap your company logo o the wall with some worn-out motivational quotes and call it a day.

Instead, think outside the box and use every piece of furniture and every colour hue to translate your brand (logo) in your office design. But, do be careful not to create an environment that’s too sterile and that feels too corporate.

Instead, make it feel inviting and try to create a sense of belonging. For example, you can make your employees work as your brand advocates – create custom company mugs and encourage your employees to use them. This will not only make everyone feel like a part of a greater whole, but it will also scatter your brand colours throughout your office space.

Be careful

A nice office space is practically worthless if it’s only that – nice. That’s why you need to make sure that, apart from the aesthetic appeal, it also has functionality. So, make sure that your office is functional first before you make it beautiful.

Therefore, clearly determine and diversify nice-to-haves from must-haves, and first focus on the latter. Only once that is taken care of should you move on to the aesthetics of the space.

Once again, you need to keep in mind that you’re designing an office space and not your personal home, so choose decor that is not only beautiful but that also has some sort of purpose.

For example, greenery and various plants not only work extremely well as office decor pieces, but they also make the indoor air much healthier, and for a good employer, the health of their workers is a top priority.

When designing an executive office space, make sure you do all in your power to make it look professional, inviting and powerful. There are some clear rules you’ll need to follow regarding both what you should do, as well as what you should steer clear of.

So check them out before you get down to work, to avoid being left with an office that looks like it was randomly put together and lacks the necessary professionalism as this will reflect negatively on your business.

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Lillian Connors

As a senior business strategist, Lillian Connors believes that business must be more than the maximization of profit through different money-grabbing ploys. Ethical principles should be at the core of every commercial venture, paving the way for more balanced distribution of wealth on a global scale.