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How to Create a Cool Startup Office

Interior Design Guide

While the perks—free snacks, nap rooms, dry-cleaning—at startups are legendary, often the office interior design is equally impressive. As companies break down the traditional ways of doing business, they’re opting for spaces with the same free-thinking attitude. So as you focus on ways to make your business a success, don’t forget about the importance of office design. (And for more ideas, check out the office design tips we shared with Inc Magazine).

Flexible Startup Office Spaces A startup’s workspace needs can change drastically in a short period of time. A rapidly expanding company needs a flexible office with room for growth. Planning an office that can grow with your company from the start is a much easier option than moving the whole operation to a larger space every time there’s a new round of hires.

If you’re in a temporary space or small office while you prep your new corporate office design, observe how your employees work and how the different areas of the office are used. Do people flock to the sofas or are several working at the coffee shop downstairs or at home? Pay attention to how people work or want to work—if your workforce is mobile, you may be able to devote less space to desks and more to collaborative areas or amenities like a cafe or game room.

Common Spaces Common areas are the heart of the startup office. Having several spacious and computable areas encourages collaboration. The days of boxed-in cubicles and offices are over—a great modern office design should create a collaborative work environment with a feeling of transparency and inclusion. Even small office designs should include areas were people can work together or gather for “all hands” meetings.

In addition to common spaces, you’ll want to include distraction-free zones in your startup office space, like small rooms for solo or small group work.  You and your employees are going to be spending a lot of time in your office during the crucial early stages of your business, so the office decoration should foster creativity and make it feel comfortable.

Cool Office Design The design of your office should be a reflection of your company and help to cultivate your culture and identity. Brand your office with your logo and choose colors that compliment your corporate visual identity.

If you’re looking for office design ideas, look no further than your own employees. Let your team help customize the space with their own art and objects, building morale and community in the process. Other office decorating ideas include bright colors to promote creativity, gardens and plants to bring nature in, and plenty of natural light to keep employees energized.

Your headquarters should also be a professional space to impress investors and clients. The reception area should make a great first impression and speak to the style of your brand. You may also need to plan space for events or conferences.

Office Design with Decor Aid

Interior designers are not just for residential projects. Decor Aid’s team is highly experienced in commercial design and well versed in office design layouts and office design trends. As a fellow startup, Decor Aid understands your needs and priorities. Whether your business has been around for years or you’re starting out and need small office design ideas, the company can help with planning, shopping, and finding the right contractors, painters, and other professionals to finish the job. You focus on growing your business—Decor Aid will do the rest.

Startup Office Design

Contemporary Startup Office

Rows of tables provide flexible workstations and eliminate the need for assigned desks. Via Refinery 29.

Modern Meeting Room Design

Yellow, Black, and White Office Conference Room

Splashes of yellow energize this conference room in a startup office. Via Buzzfeed.

Midcentury Style Office Design

White and Blue Modern Office

Midcentury modern furniture decorates a common space in a stylish startup office. Via Buzzfeed.

Elegant Reception Area

Blue Startup Reception Area

This reception area makes a polished first impression. Via Lonny.

Contemporary Meeting Space

Contemporary Green Office

A cafeteria space doubles as an area for meetings or events.

Colorful Reception Area

Decor Aid B2R office design

A wall-sized quote and comfortable sofa welcomes visitors and represents the company brand in an office design completed by our team.

Industrial Commercial Office Design

Industrial Office Design

The industrial design of this office space is a nod to the building’s architecture. Via Fast Company.

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