Archive for February, 2015

Stretch Your Dollars Further with Restored Office Furniture

Friday, February 27th, 2015

When it comes to planning your office budget, you are inevitably going to have to make cuts here and there. Crafting a budget that works for your office is a matter of making the hard decisions about which things need to be prioritized and which will have to fall by the wayside. Office furniture, unfortunately, all too-often gets relegated to a lower-priority position in most budgets, leaving little money available for a nonetheless necessary purchase. So what can you do to still get quality furnishings without breaking the bank? Look into the many possibilities offered by restored office furniture!


Working in Limited Office Space? Make the Most of It!

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Not every business is set up to have sprawling common areas, spacious offices, and square footage to spare. Some have relatively little room to work with, and with the wrong interior design plan, this limited office space can end up feeling more like a closet! So how can you make the most of a small office? Read on to find out!

limited-office-spaceMaximize Style in Minimal Space With Interior Design

With limited office space, the trick is to use interior design to make the space seem larger than it actually is. That way, employees will feel they have room to breathe and stretch, rather than feeling confined and restricted. To establish a sense of openness, incorporate a few of these design details:

1.)    Clear out the clutter. Nothing makes a space feel smaller than when there are piles and piles of papers lying around. Get rid of clutter by installing custom cabinetry that will provide a place for everything.

2.)    Going up. When your interior design plan focuses too much on horizontal lines, your space can start to look flat and overfilled easily. Take advantage of vertical cabinets and shelving to give you organizational space in the height, not just width, of the room.

3.)    Let there be light. A small, dimly-lit office will not provide employees with the motivation they need to be productive throughout the day. Make sure you have plenty of light, natural or artificial, to brighten up your limited office space and make it a more welcoming environment for workers.

4.)    Keep proportion in mind. When selecting paint, fabric, and flooring, bear in mind that while oversized patterns may be fashion-forward, they can overwhelm an already small space. Try using subtle patterns or beautiful solid colors to give your limited office space some life without drowning it in a sea of bold, graphic prints!

Are you in need of an interior design plan for your limited office space? Get in touch with us today!

American Design Associates, Inc. is a Contract Furniture Dealer and Design Firm located in Towson, Maryland. When you are in need of experienced project managers, interior designers, service technicians, and an outstanding customer support team, American Design Associates is right for you. We service clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic region including Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and beyond. Help us help you with your furniture and design needs today!

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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Finding the Right Office Signage

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

American Design AssociatesChoosing the right signage for your business is absolutely essential for creating a comforting atmosphere for your clients and staff. Think of a time you’ve been in a large office building with multiple floors and varying levels of organization. How thankful were you for those beautiful, clear signs that directed you from room to room in the seemingly endless maze? Or were the signs less than helpful? Did you find yourself worried, wandering, and wondering if you were going to get to your appointment on time? Think how all of that could have been avoided if that business has just invested in appropriate signs.  It seems obvious to some that good signs will improve the experiences of the people who need them, but some things are so obvious that they are forgotten. Make sure this isn’t one of those things.

What should I look for when choosing office signage?

Remember that a sign’s primary function is to direct. Signs should be clear and legible, so remember to avoid using colors and fonts that are difficult to read. Signs should also be visible to lost clients or employees who may find themselves lost in your large building, so invest in the correct sizes. It is also important to make sure that your signs are going to match the rest of your office design. From the moment your client walks into your building, they are assessing whether or not they made the right choice. From the chairs they may sit in to the signs they use to navigate, every element of your office design should be in harmony. This harmony of design will translate into a positive experience for everyone who experiences it.

What good signage says about your business:

Well-designed signage is going to tell clients and employees that your business is also well-designed. It’s going to tell your clients that you care about their experience and that you pay attention to details. In a way, your place of business is an addition to your resume. Make sure that you are showing the best of yourself and your business in every choice you make so that the hard work you do can really shine.

If you’re interested in investing in good signage you should contact American Design Associates Inc. to discuss a design plan that fits your budget and your business. You can contact them by phone, (410) 823-5500, or via their website: