An engaging front office reception starts with putting some thought into spatial planning even before you pick furniture and finishes.
Here are our top tips for creating a welcoming, efficient reception zone:
Leave Adequate Circulation Space
Around the front desk, leave enough empty floor space so visitors aren’t crowded coming in and your receptionist can easily move about. Build in discrete sub-zones for waiting, quick questions and private conversations.
Incorporate Visitor Seating
A well-planned reception has ample, comfortable seating in the waiting area. Choose chairs and sofas in your brand colours to reinforce identity from the moment someone walks in. Arrange furniture to promote open flow while allowing private sitting spots out of general traffic.
Add Visual Interest
Reception areas tend to feature more solid wall space above head height. Use this blank canvas for visual impact with wallpaper, textured paints, wall panels or your company graphics. Carry decorative themes and colours through to ceiling features and furnishings for a coordinated effect.
Use Lighting Design
Lighting plays a huge role in reception area aesthetics and function. Incorporate ambient lighting for overall illumination plus task lighting on desks. Play with accent lighting to highlight artwork or architectural features. And ensure you have adequate natural light.