Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Room for Improvement: Office
The holidays are gift-swapping time. Even Martin Amado is getting into the holiday spirit, helping a group of employees give their boss an office makeover for Christmas.
WSVN -- First impressions matter -- not only when it comes to a home but also a business. So, the challenge on today's Room for Improvement is to give a plain reception area the feel of a home environment that makes it a bit more welcoming for clients when they walk through that door.
Martin: "Hey, Stella. Why aren't you happy with the way it looks at the moment?"
Stella: "It's too plain, and everything is boring. We need color. We need life."
Martin: "We are going to surprise you and your co-workers and obviously your boss at the end, too."
Stella: "I believe my boss deserves this more than anything, and he's really busy. This will be a good surprise for my boss."
Now luckily, we already have a beautiful focal point in the reception area, which is the fish tank. But everything else looks pretty bland in comparison. The goal is to replace some of the office looking furniture with things you would typically find in a home environment, and you are going to see how it totally changes the feel of the space.
At the moment, even though we have enough seating for five, honestly, it just reminds me of being at a doctor's office. This is the first thing we are going to replace.
We're not painting today, but we still have a similar tone-on-tone color between the walls and the blinds. The solution is to add color through the accessories, such as these burgundy curtain panels.
Now we framed and softened this wall of windows and gave it a pop of color, too. A table and an accent chair complete this cozy corner.
Now, because we are working with a commercial space, we will be getting a lot of traffic in and out. We have to have special considerations for the furniture. Notice we are adding leather, so it can only get better with time. Also, the sofa has very thick padding. It's not great for comfort but adds to its longevity.
From this perspective, Stella now has a great view to enjoy while she's working. But, let's concentrate on that back wall, which is the first thing clients see when they walk into the office.
Just like home, it's all about the details. We have these chocolates for the clients to enjoy.
This morning we found a reception area that appeared cold and uninviting. But by incorporating elements that remind you of a home, it now makes a great first impression.
Martin: "So, are you guys ready? Stella, do the honors and bring Robert in. On the count of three you can open your eyes. One, two, three ... surprise!"
Stella: "I feel like I'm at home. It's not a cold office. It's warm. It looks inviting and makes everyone feel comfortable."
Martin: "So, now we have a reception area that screams successful business -- and one that not only clients can enjoy but all of your employees. That's another Room for Improvement. Until next time."
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