Archive for October, 2014

Interior Design and Stress: What Styles Soothe Workers?

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Is there a high stress level in your office? Believe it or not, the interior design of your office may have to do with it. Just a few changes can make a huge difference and provide a much more soothing atmosphere for you and your employees. Take a look at these ideas and figure out how you can employ them in your own space:

  • Color. The color of the walls is very important. Colors provide expression and have the ability to affect one’s mood. Colors that are too intense can cause negativity or stress. In fact, a study conducted found that red increased stress responses among people, while greens and whites did not. To calm your space, consider paint colors such as blues, greens, and other “dusty” colors. Colors that are toned down will in turn tone down your office. However, don’t simply choose a few random calming colors and expect them to work together. It’s important to use a color scheme throughout the office. It makes the office look more together, professional, and calming.
  • Decrease the clutter. Don’t put too much on the walls, and maintain balanced levels. Don’t fill up the walls with hanging pictures or other items that cause clutter and confusion. By maintaining balanced levels, we mean to equally use the wall space, and leave white space on the wall. For example, place a low seating area at the front of your office and hang a picture over it. This creates a simple balance between two levels.
  • Wireless Workspaces. Wires everywhere can cause frustration, especially if they’re tangled wires. The sight of messy wires is the sight of disorder and can cause subconscious stress among employees. A clear workspace enables for calmer employees. If you can’t go wireless, invest in a few cheap wire clips to contain the wires and avoid the feeling of chaos.
  • Organizers. Use organizers on desks like penholders, stackable boxes to hold office supplies, and file pockets to organize folders. If everything has a place, it will allow for a much calmer workplace.
  • Add life. Put a few plants in your workspace to add some life. With an office filled with plastic, metal, and wires, the place needs a little something from the earth. Small desk plants or flowers can balance the space and add a little joy to your workday.

stress and interior designRedesigning your space can greatly reduce stress in the office, and a less stressful space means more efficient, happy workers. If you want to know more about interior design for your office, contact the professionals at American Design Associates.

American Design Associates, Inc. is a Contract Furniture Dealer and Design Firm located in Towson, Maryland. We proudly consider ourselves a “Dream Team” comprised of experienced project managers, interior designers, service technicians and an outstanding customer support team. We service clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic region including Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and beyond. We have the resources and the know how to provide the best solution for all of your business needs.

Call American Design Associates today at (410) 823-5500, contact us on our website or pay us a visit today. We want to help you stay organized in the office.

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Sources: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/18/stress-reducing-colors_n_3102683.html

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/6095395/list/Give-Peace-a-Chance–Room-by-Room-Tips-to-Create-Calm

Launching a Business? What Does Every Office Need?

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Launching a brand new business can be an exciting time in your life. It can also be an overwhelming one! With all of the paperwork to sign and details to organize, one of the most essential items might just slip your mind: your office furniture! Even at this early stage of your new company, it is important to outfit your employees with all of the furniture that they will need and help your office get off on the right foot. Read on to find out what essential furnishings your office will need in its first few months!

rsz_amdesignThe Office Furniture Essentials for New Businesses

Upon the launching of your new business, you will no doubt have a lot to organize. From the employee contracts to contact sheets, all of those loose papers can’t be left lying around just anywhere- they need to be properly stored away! That is why file cabinets are among the first items you should purchase in terms of office furniture for your new business. With high density filing, you can keep yourself organized from the start!

Another essential piece of office furniture may seem like an obvious one, but it is nevertheless important to purchase early. A conference room table will be the setting of many of your early meetings and will serve as a central gathering place for your employees, so picking the right one for your office space is an absolute must!

Even if you can’t afford to fill your entire office space right off the bat, your own office should be fully outfitted with a desk, chair, and cabinets. Not only will this help you establish yourself as the business owner, but when clients and potential customers come to visit, you will have an impressive office space in which to receive them!

American Design Associates, Inc. is a Contract Furniture Dealer and Design Firm located in Towson, Maryland. We proudly consider ourselves a “Dream Team” comprised of experienced project managers, interior designers, service technicians and an outstanding customer support team. We service clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic region including Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and beyond. We have the resources and the know how to provide the best solution for all of your business needs.

Call American Design Associates today at (410) 823-5500, contact us on our website or pay us a visit today. We want to help you stay organized in the office.

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For the Unofficial Office, Think Rental Furniture!

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

As businesses grow, change, and adapt, their needs do as well. Just think, that smaller office space that was comfortable for 10 employees will suddenly become quite cramped when that number doubles! Though you can never predict with 100 percent accuracy how fast changes will come to your company, you can be prepared to make major adjustments as you go along. If you find yourself in an office space that is serving its purpose for now, but you know down the road you will need something much bigger, consider outfitting it with rental furniture!

Rental FurnitureThe Benefits of Rental Furniture for a Temporary Office

If the space you are currently occupying is only projected to be temporary, than investing a lot of your capital in office furniture might not be the best idea. After all, even if you think you will be able to take along your purchased furniture to your new, bigger office space once it is available, there is no guarantee that the items will fit or look right in that different space! Rather than making the investment in permanent furniture now before you are situated in a permanent office, choosing rental furniture is an easy way to guarantee that you have everything you need for the moment and are still able to make adjustments down the road.

How to Choose Rental Furniture

When it comes to selecting the right rental furniture for your temporary office, first make a list of all the necessary items. For a smaller staff that is projected to grow in the next few months, make sure that everyone will have their own desk space until a larger office is secured. As your employees if they have any specific requests, such as eco-friendly or ergonomic furniture, and try to accommodate them in your rental choices.

Find the rental furniture you need with American Design Associates!

American Design Associates, Inc. is a Contract Furniture Dealer and Design Firm located in Towson, Maryland. We proudly consider ourselves a “Dream Team” comprised of experienced project managers, interior designers, service technicians and an outstanding customer support team. We service clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic region including Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and beyond. We have the resources and the know how to provide the best solution for all of your business needs.

Call American Design Associates today at (410) 823-5500, contact us on our website or pay us a visit today. We want to help you stay organized in the office.

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http://www.wikihow.com/Rent-Office-Furniture

How Can I Improve my Office Air Quality?

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

As we head into the fall and winter, we also head into that most dreaded of seasons: cold and flu! With all of the added risk of falling ill in the colder months, you want to make sure that you take as many steps as possible to reduce these risks and stay healthy. But could it be that your office building is actually contributing towards poor health? Read on to find out more about the importance of office air quality and what you can do to improve it!

Office Air QualityOffice Air Quality: Keep out Allergens and Irritants

Many different factors can trigger a full-on cold, and stale, recycled air is one of them. Because offices do not always have easy access to fresh air sources, the many allergens and irritants, such as dust, hair, and pollen, that come into the building do not leave it. One way to combat this? Utilize a free-standing ventilation system or air filter that can remove some of the irritants from the air and make everyone breathe a little easier.

Allergens, irritants, and germs do not just get trapped in the air, however. Very often, if proper care and maintenance is not conducted on a regular basis, your office furniture can become traps for these harmful things! Office air quality suffers as a result, as does your employees’ overall health. One way to fix this issue is to replace your office furniture, or to have it restored; particularly when it comes to furniture with fabric, dust can all too easily stick in the fibers. Revamping your office furniture not only will give your office a fresh new look, but it will also eliminate some of the factors affecting your office air quality and set you on a healthy path for this upcoming cold and flu season!

American Design Associates, Inc. is a Contract Furniture Dealer and Design Firm located in Towson, Maryland. We proudly consider ourselves a “Dream Team” comprised of experienced project managers, interior designers, service technicians and an outstanding customer support team. We service clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic region including Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and beyond. We have the resources and the know how to provide the best solution for all of your business needs.

Call American Design Associates today at (410) 823-5500, contact us on our website or pay us a visit today. We want to help you stay organized in the office.

Also, be sure to check us out on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn and Google+

Design your Waiting Room with Guests in Mind

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

From office to hospital to everywhere in between, a well-designed waiting room can make the kind of positive impression you are hoping your customers and clients will take note of. Waiting rooms are often the first part of your building that guests will see, and many will end up spending a decent amount of time there. So how can you go about creating a positive visitor experience with a well-designed waiting room?  American Design Associates has the answer.

Comfort is key

Particularly if your guests will be spending hours at a time in the waiting room (such as at a hospital), it is important to create a space in which they can relax and de-stress. Stiff, hard-backed chairs and formal furniture may look good, but are they comfortable? Make sure that chair seats have sufficient cushioning, and that chairs are spaced far enough apart so that everyone has a little elbow room to themselves.

Waiting Room StyleSet a tone with color

Another important aspect of your waiting room design to consider is color. Dull, dark tones will not be pleasant to look at for too long; they could end up making guests feel unhappy, uncomfortable, and unwelcome. While a rainbow of hues might be overwhelming, in contrast, it is good to try mixing things up with a bright, cheery palette. Hues of yellow and pink can improve guests’ moods, while blues and greens can be more soothing to the eye.

Lighten things up

Your light fixtures will also play an important role in the design of your waiting room. It’s best to have as much natural light as possible, and in lieu of that, make sure lamps with soft-but-bright lights are placed throughout. The two extremes- dark and depressing and too-bright and washed out- are better to be avoided!

American Design Associates, Inc. is a Contract Furniture Dealer and Design Firm located in Towson, Maryland. We proudly consider ourselves a “Dream Team” comprised of experienced project managers, interior designers, service technicians and an outstanding customer support team. We service clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic region including Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and beyond. We have the resources and the know how to provide the best solution for all of your business needs.

Call American Design Associates today at (410) 823-5500, contact us on our website or pay us a visit today. We want to help you stay organized in the office.

Also, be sure to check us out on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn and Google+