The reception space is like the face of your business. It has the ability to be either memorable and expressive, or so dull no one can remember its name.
How potential clients and customers feel in this part of the office will influence how confident they are in your ability to work with them, so it's crucial you design a space for your business with furniture that accurately reflects who you are and what you do.
An office reception area does not need to be boring. Think about how much resource and thought you put into creating a comfortable home and apply the same thinking into your office.
What image do you want to portray?
Exactly what you need to make your space sing will depend on what image you want to project. If your business needs a friendly image of a company that makes customer care a priority, such as a small family law office or accounting firm, it best to go with softer designs. The receptionist (if you have one!) should sit behind a low lying traditional desk with a bouquet of flowers or plants that makes them (and by extension the company) feel approachable yet professional. A comfortable couch and an armchair should invoke the idea of a well put together living room, so place them up against the wall facing the reception desk, with plenty of space for a coffee table in front. Wood finishes or a warm colour palette for furniture works well for this kind of space.
Consider modern and clean furniture designs...
But perhaps you run a business that needs to emphasis that it's cutting edge? If you run a small tech startup or advertising agency, for example, you'll want to be seen as a dynamic and innovative, and the reception space has to reflect this. Open, clean and modern are the key words here, so ditch the dodgy out of date gossip magazines! Keep only industry relevant reading material on the coffee table in the centre of the room. While white walls and glass furniture are popular in offices trying to project a modern image, too much of it can feel impersonal and sterile. Try using interesting pops of colour to break up the room and create energy. The coffee table could be an unusual, but functional shape in an industrial material, as could the reception desk. Keep it clear with just one or two interesting pieces of furniture.
Think of how you want people to feel when they first walk into your business, and pick furniture that will help them achieve that feeling. There's no need to furnish your reception area with run of the mill 'office-y furniture'. Create that warm inviting vibe... after all, first impressions always count.
Check out interesting and unique pieces of furniture for your reception space in the 'breakout' section of the workspaceluxe.com.au, or head to @workspaceluxe on Instagram for some visual inspiration.