Leach Impact is no stranger to talking about ‘wow factor’ – our large-format graphic displays have been helping to create striking environments for retailers, brands, event spaces and commercial organisations, for decades.
The goal is always to deliver a positive – and lasting – impression for our clients’ customers. But, as we all know, ‘customers’ come in various shapes and sizes. And one of a business’s most important ‘customers’ is their employee.
It perhaps comes as no surprise that we are receiving a growing number of enquiries from companies that want to do something a bit different in their workplace. Staff are the lifeblood of any organisation after all, and HR leaders in particular are recognising the impact that inspiring surroundings can have on the attraction, development, motivation and retention of talented people.
So, what better time to look at how to achieve the workplace interior wow factor in 2018? Here are five of our top tips:
1. Start from the moment people step inside
The reception or lobby area of a building is an obvious place to begin, as this is a space used by everyone in the company, at some point in the day. So, think about what you could do to create an impact here.
Available in sizes up to 5m high and 20m long, our is one of the most popular graphics solutions for this type of environment. This super-strong, seamless, whole-wall covering is installed in a single drop which means an unrivalled visual, ideal for this front of house location.
2. Think beyond the obvious
Walls are a fantastic place to deliver impact, but don’t stop there. Brands are increasingly considering suspended displays which hang impressively over the reception space – we have a number of that can fulfil this brief perfectly, including some completely . We can even help you make use of underutilised space, such as columns, pillars or corners of a room. – we offer a full design service and can create customised or bespoke artwork to meet your spec.
3. But don’t neglect the ‘hidden’ interiors
One of the biggest mistakes a company can make, is to plough all of their efforts and budget into the reception area. Given this space will be used by colleagues, clients and visitors alike, it is understandable to want to create a notable welcome. But for organisations that want to engage their employees, there is a risk that focusing solely on reception could be perceived as just a quick or easy fix.
It is therefore important to think about how the look and feel of a business translates into some of the other key areas of the workplace, including the core office environment, any breakout zones and meeting rooms.
The design and display solutions may differ in scale and budget, but even simple considerations such as the quality of the paint on the walls and the furniture/equipment that employees use, present a useful starting point.
4. Don’t be put off by budget concerns
From a simple lick of paint to the careful use of illuminated graphics or full-scale wall coverings, workplace design improvements needn’t break the bank. We always encourage our clients to describe their vision, outline their budget and we’ll do what we can to make it happen, by drawing on our decades of experience in this field.
Plus, the long-lasting durability of many of our products, helps further protect the investment. Our Titan wallpaper, for example, is produced using specialist eco-inks with an epoxy coating which ensures a wipe-clean, scratch, scuff and tear resistant solution, perfect for high footfall areas.
5. Consider the detail
It’s perhaps no surprise that – as a large-format graphic specialist – we love the drama that is naturally achieved with displays of an impressive scale. But that doesn’t mean we neglect the detail and nor should you.
For brands that prioritise the cleanest lines, for example, we’ve developed a new 65mm extrusion lightbox with 45⁰ edging, so that none of the metal frame can be seen and the graphic looks as though it is floating. It’s a simple tweak to one of our most popular products, that offers clients that ‘something different’.
But the detail doesn’t just lie in our products alone – from the comfort of seating in a reception area to the use of interior greenery to inject a touch of nature into a space, there are so many tiny considerations that can ensure the perfect finishing touch.