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One question modern architects are ideally able to answer with any project is how they plan to incorporate space planning principles into the finished design. Rather than considering architecture, space planning, and interior design as separate fields, the strongest approach to creating an office integrates those three specialties into one overarching strategy.
Core components of space planning
Commercial interior designers spend their lives considering different approaches to office space planning, to accomplish optimal functionality along with the desired look and feel. Three core components of how space should be best utilized are the following:
- Lighting – The most impressive architectural designs take into account natural and artificial lighting. The intended use of a space should help to determine how much light is needed and the extent to which creative window use can capture the sunlight to create brighter workstations and increase energy efficiency.
- Furniture placement – How will the furniture be organized? The organization of the furniture should not be the final step. The issue of different furniture arrangements – enabling privacy and collaboration – is especially critical for open office environments.
- Color – The color interior designers use will affect a room's emotional tone. Color can express various feelings, such as energy, stability, or tranquility.
However, color does more than establish mood. Amy Morin recently advised in Forbes that businesses use color psychology to save on heating and cooling costs: "warmer" colors such as orange, red, and yellow make people think the temperature is higher than it is, while "cooler" colors such as blue, green, and purple make people think the temperature is lower.
Basic tips for space planning
Three considerations to keep in mind when planning your space are the following:
- Always bear scale in mind when selecting furniture, so that the space and furniture are working synergistically rather than in opposition.
- Plan the space first, rather than getting furniture and then trying to figure out how best to fit it into your architectural designs.
- Measure twice, including the height and width of doors and which direction they swing, window measurements, electrical outlets, and any other elements.
Our role as modern architects
At Beaux-Arts Group, we are a commercial furniture dealer with experience in architecture and interior design. In other words, we can look at space from a diverse and holistic sensibility due to the range of expertise we have related to space planning. Our understanding of space guides every recommendation we make to our clients, resulting in office designs in which form and function unite so that businesses have the environment they need to best achieve their mission.