Designing an Office Space that Inspires

Initiate is a full-service graphic design agency located in the West End. Prior to moving into this space, the team were working out of their homes and occasionally meeting up at coffee shops. They found they needed a space where they could all be together to collaborate and easily meet with clients.

They were able to find a space that would fit their growing five person team but with its faded paint and dark trim, it was tired and not a place that would be inspiring to work in for ANY industry but especially not for these creatives.

After almost a year here, business is booming. They needed a professional space to bring clients as well as room for their team to work and interact successfully. It was fun to create this bright and colourful office that inspires.

When you enter the office, you know you are in the right place with a frosted glass panel wall designed with their logo. It’s a great visual element for the entry but also a buffer for interruptions to the boardroom next door.

I used a reclaimed walnut table in their boardroom to add a rustic, casual vibe. The chairs are simple, comfortable and functional creating a perfect space for meeting with clients.

On the walls, I chose a creamy white with pops of colour to differentiate the zones. We painted the ceiling and all the dark trim a white as well to freshen and brighten up the whole office.

By choosing to frost the existing window between the boardroom and the computer area, we were able to create privacy for meetings while also allowing the natural light to flow into those at their desks.

Because this is an office for creatives, adding punches of colour in the chairs and walls was the perfect touch. We also created a fun gallery wall they curated on their own that added to the personality of the space.

The doorway between the lunch area and the casual meeting room was widened to improve flow.

The blue lockers in the lunch area had been purchased by the client and were actually an inspiration for the whole office.

In the casual meeting room, it was all about comfort. Since we wanted this to be a relaxing space for the staff to relax and/or sketching, adding elements such this gorgeous ottoman for putting your feet up, were not only beautiful but functional.

Designing an office definitely has it’s different challenges to designing a home. But in all spaces, finding the right balance between beauty, comfort and function is what creates a space that not only works but inspires!

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Inspiring Office Space - Natalie Cox Design - Interior Decorator - Ottawa, ON

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