Most people spend a great deal of time painting, decorating and redesigning the interior of their homes in order to create a happy, comfortable and personalised space. Yet, full-time office workers spend more time in an office than at home. As an employer you should want to put as much effort into creating calm and comfortable office space for our employees as you would for your family at home. Consider keeping employee spirits and productivity levels up with a few key interior design elements.
Create open, social spaces
Research has shown that social businesses where conversation and collaboration is encouraged perform much better than those that demand quiet and less interaction. Hence the rapid rise of the co-working space phenomenon. Modern offices are breaking down cubicles and walls and providing an area where employees can discuss a project, take a break or just have a chat, away from their desks.
One way to do this, is to build a glass partition around an area designed with a fun brand related decorative frosted vinyl or colourful decorative film to maintain a certain level of privacy without cutting it off from the office entirely. This type of partition will also allow more natural light to continue to flow through the office and requires less artificial light to compensate, which is definitely a mood booster.
You can also maintain “transparency” and bridge the management-employee gap by replacing solid office doors with glass doors. If some privacy is required you can use frosted vinyl to personalise it with a name on the door and even a favourite quote, as a conversation starter.
Bring the outdoors indoors
A lot of people feel more at peace around nature and while it’s not always possible to have an outdoor office, it is possible to bring the outdoors in. Astro turf has become very popular as a floor covering for certain areas of the office, as well as lots of indoor plants and “green walls” that generate oxygen and clean air. Water fountains and features are calming and the sound of running water is well known to be wonderful noise dampeners, especially if the office building is close to a busy road. Another way to introduce more inside/outside flow to the office is to replace brick walls with big glass windows or even sliding doors, where possible, that overlook a garden and the outside world,creating an extension of open space. Not a lot of offices have sufficient natural light coming in and considering how much time is spent indoors sitting at a desk this is an important consideration, as too much artificial light can be damaging to the health of your employees. Windows also break the monotony of brick walls and fresh air can inspire creative thinking and reduce sick-leave.
Remember too, that any windows that create strong sunlight glare should be fitted with UV
protective film to keep your employees from feeling fatigued as the office heats up, especially in
summer. This lets in natural light but also reduces glare onto computer screens, which can break
concentration and cause frustration. UV protective window films will save money on energy bills,
which can be spent on morale and mood boosting lunch for everyone in the office.
For advice on how to use glass to enhance your office space and increase productivity, contact us for
a free consultation and quote.
Decorative Frosted Vinyl has seen a surge in popularity recently and is one of the hottest glass products on the market. Homeowners, architects, and interior designers are using it as a convenient and cost effective alternative to traditional sandblasting or acid etching.
Here are advantages of installing Decorative Frosted Vinyl at your home or office:
1. Enhances privacy within your home and office
Humans need both light and privacy. Decorative Frosted Vinyl can be applied to bathroom windows or plain glass shower doors because it lets in natural light and doesn’t become transparent when it gets wet. So you can use your bathroom with peace of mind. Houses in complexes often don’t have big walls around them to create privacy. Decorative Frosted Vinyl windows stop people peering into your home as they go past, and avoid the need for drawn curtains or blinds that block out the light. You can choose your own unique design that enhances both the interior and exterior of your home.
Co-working and shared office space is the new norm for companies these days. Unfortunately, this can create confusion for clients and can be impersonal for employees. Glass partitioning makes the best use of your office floor space by dividing up certain work areas. Decorative Frosted Vinyl branding on these partitions creates a unique office feel and clearly defines your company’s space. It is also very easy to remove without damaging the glass if your company changes its branding or moves offices.
2. Greater flexibility, affordability and wide variety of designs
Decorative frosted vinyl is able to project a new stylish image and transforms ordinary looking glass into something modern and beautiful. There is almost no limit as to where Decorative Frosted Vinyl can be applied onto glass. It can be used for both internal and external use such as shopfront windows, company branding as well as other decorative purposes. This is definitely a more flexible and cheaper alternative to other options such as sandblasting, curtains, blinds or drapes. These options are expensive and can become very difficult to maintain.
Decorative Frosted Vinyl can easily be changed or removed at any time should you desire to change your design or branding. However with sandblasting, it is permanent and the whole glass structure will need to be replaced which can become a very expensive and laborious procedure.
3. Improves protection from the sun and harmful UV rays.
Open any interior or architectural publication and you will see lots of images of beautiful, sun-drenched rooms. The reality is that the sun can be damaging to wooden or laminate flooring and furniture, as well as curtaining and upholstery fabrics. It can also cause skin problems for pets who like to lie in warm sunny spots. Decorative Frosted Vinyl blocks up to 95% of UV rays but keeps the natural light coming in. It enhances the look of your interior and exterior whilst protecting the expensive and irreplaceable things in your life.
4. Strengthens your windows and makes glass shatterproof
While sandblasting breaks down and weakens glass, Decorative Frosted Vinyl provides a protective layer and stops the glass from shattering into pieces if a breakage does occur. This is especially useful in schools and sports clubs or other areas where there is a high risk of windows breaking. This is also useful for offices or houses that are at risk of burglars breaking through windows that are easier to access than others. Applying Decorative Frosted Vinyl can be a cheaper alternative to replacing broken windows and stolen belongings.
Have a look at our gallery for inspiration and contact us for wide variety of designs to discuss how we can help you solve your glass problems with Decorative Frosted Vinyl.