Your brand identity is linked to your office physical work space. Your office interior design elements speak volumes to your employees, customers, and business stakeholders. In this regard, designing your office space is quite a task because it is part of your company’s branding strategy. Choosing your office flooring should, therefore, not be done in isolation but should be done when doing other design elements of your office including window curtains, walls, furniture, lighting, and any other design accessories. The combined elements and colors of your office interior design should reinforce your branding efforts and corporate image. Here are factors to consider when choosing an office flooring: brand image, comfort for employees, traffic, maintenance, ease in repair, safety and security and budget.
1. Your Brand Image
Your office interior decoration should reflect how you want employees and customers to perceive you. An office is a contact point between you and your customers and it should communicate a subliminal message to your stakeholders. On this note, your office flooring, furniture materials, décor, and color scheme should to some good extent reflect your mission, values, and culture.
There are various flooring designs for office and it will depend on how official, casual or trendy your brand is. What is the color of your brand and would you like to reflect it in your office work space? By using your brand image to do the work space design, you will be using a proactive strategy of marketing. You can opt to use classical flooring designs and not just go for what is trending in the market. However, if your brand image reflects current trends, you can use it. Using trending flooring styles will require a change of the design every three to five years.
On this note, come up with all the interior décor designs of your office including the flooring type, pattern, and colors. Make a plan by first developing a 3D plan incorporating all the design elements in every office room including the reception area, showrooms, window displays, private offices, and meeting rooms. To design a floor plan for an office, first do a 3D plan. The 3D plan should include the flooring design and all the other design elements. Now you can use the 3D design as a guide to doing your flooring designs which should incorporate other elements like the brand image.
2. Comfortable Working Space
Did you know that an employees’ work space is one of the determinants of job satisfaction and productivity? Your employees want a comfortable, inviting, visually appealing and functional space because they spend many hours in the office. Therefore, think about their comfort because unlike customers who come and go, employees spend the majority of their time working.
Consider how comfortable the flooring type will be during the cold season and hot season in your location. If you live in a cold place, then wall to wall carpeting can be a good option. Also, underfloor heating is a good option especially during winter.
How long your office flooring will last depends on traffic and the life expectancy of the floor. You need a commercial-grade flooring type for offices especially for office corridors and reception areas which are high traffic areas. Therefore, they require a sturdy flooring type that is also easy to clean. Durable floors include tiles, vinyl, engineered wood, and luxury vinyl tiles. Tiles are sturdy but they may present a safety risk because they are not slip-resistant. They are also not noise-proof.
Thin-pile carpets can be an option in offices where you need to minimize noise. However, carpets are not recommended for offices because they are not easy to maintain especially for high traffic areas. You can consider installing laminates, engineered wood, vinyl, or luxury vinyl tiles and then installing an underlayment to insulate against noise.
When installing an office floor, the cost of maintaining the floor on a day to day basis should be a major factor to consider. A dirty office will tarnish your corporate image. Yet floors with high traffic will get stained, scratches and will appear worn out. Noteworthy, when choosing the color of your office flooring, consider the traffic to the office. Choosing a bright color for a high traffic area can be disastrous because it will require a regular cleaning regime.
A high-maintenance floor will not be cost-effective in the long run because of high cleaning, repair and maintenance costs.
Before going out to shop, it is essential to have the dimensions of the office space that requires new flooring and your operating budget. Then, look for a flooring that is within your budget. Consider the durability of the flooring type as a priority because renovating floors is expensive.
7. Safety and Security
If your reception area is susceptible to wetness, then you also need to consider a slip-resistant flooring type. About being slip-resistant, if a customer or stakeholder falls or slips within your office premises, your organization risks a lawsuit. Therefore, it is important to have a slip-resistant floor to keep your organization from potential liability. Liability or not, who wants their employees, business partners or customers to fall anyway?
An office is one of the brand contact points and every element of office fixtures should consider the brand image. In this case, when doing office floor plans and designs, it is advisable to use the services of an interior designer specialized in office branding.