Company boardrooms can cross a variety of different needs depending on the market and industry that the company is in.
It can be the site for creating and maintaining important client relationships, the site for sharing complex and important information with key constituents and the site for crucial communication between company’s staff to ensure clarity and smooth, effective business.
In order to encapsulate all the needs and levels of professionalism that one boardroom requires, it is important to ensure the room is well designed and decorated properly.
The first thing you need to do before purchasing the details for your boardroom is to figure out an estimate of your floor plan. To do this you will need to take the measurements of the room in order to work out how large you can go with the furniture you purchase. Work out roughly how many people you will need to seat in the space, and from there you can figure out the amount of desk space needed.
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It is always better to purchase too little furniture than too much. You don’t want the room to feel claustrophobic or cramped and it is easy to buy more furniture and little additions later on if need be. If there is a chance you will be using video conference calling, or showing training videos, you need to ensure that the furniture in the room is either easily moveable or all pointing towards one focal point in the boardroom.
Determine exactly where the plug sockets in the room are in comparison to where you may need to set up any equipment. This can highly influence how you choose to layout your boardroom in terms of screens and televisions.
Power points are necessary for equipment such as laptops, televisions for video conference calls. main computers, printers and projectors. It is also helpful to leave some spare sockets for the odd mobile or wireless necessities that may need charging, or even vacuum cleaners for staff, so that essential utilities won’t need to be unplugged at any point.
Colour scheme can be particularly important in a boardroom to create a timeless look that will never need updating. It is easy to fall into the trap of painting everything white as it is traditionally believed that a white wash offers a clear foundation to be added to. However, white can often appear too bright, naked and clinical, especially when viewed on video conference calls.
Colours that are muted and neutral are often better as they keep a formal air without going out of fashion. This includes any greys, beige, pale blues and pale greens. Resist the temptation to go for anything too bright or brash as in the future you may find it difficult to update the room without worrying about colours clashing. When choosing furniture, go for something that will compliment rather than clash with your chosen colour palette.
Once all the furniture is in the boardroom and in the position you want it, the next step is to work our where the lighting will be most necessary and effective to create the atmosphere that you most need within the room. Keep in mind that people are most likely to be sitting either side of the boardroom table, so take care not to position lights that can reflect into peoples eyes.
Subtlety is often the best way to go to ensure a professional, well-lit environment. This could mean overhead lighting, but if you do choose to go this way avoid placing the lights too close to screens or projectors as these can cause significant glare.
For more information about boardroom design and assistance with any upcoming projects you may have, don’t hesitate to contact Blackwell Projects on 01280 821282