By Penketh Group Insights Team
14th August 2018
As our lives get busier and technology gets more advanced, we’re spending more and more time at the office which means workspace design is more crucial than ever. Employing the expertise of a professional interior designer will offer a whole host of benefits to reduce time, maximise cost-saving and most importantly, get the most out of the space and your employees.
Trend knowledge and industry insights
One of the most obvious advantages that comes with working alongside a professional interior designer is that you’ll have access into their wealth of industry knowledge. An expert in the area will know better than anyone which trends are coming up and the latest innovations in office design, furniture development and workplace technology.
It’s their job to stay in the loop with ‘what’s hot and what’s not’ so you can take full advantage of this insight. A professional interior designer will also be attending regular industry events such as Clerkenwell Design Week and NeoCon that you probably wouldn’t have the opportunity to go to yourself.
Extensive experience with design projects
As well as staying in touch with trends and new products, a professional in the industry will also be able to bring plenty of experience to the table. This, along with the appropriate qualifications, means they are the ones best equipped to translate your vision and combine it effectively with functionality and brand image.
Through doing what they do, an expert interior designer will have a good idea of what works and what doesn’t work to inform your own workspace. If you choose a partner who specialises in a specific sector, they may even be able to offer some insight into what your competitors are doing and the pros and cons of their workspaces.
Time management and budget handling
While time management skills and good budget handling are prerequisites of most job roles these days, you’re probably not going to have experience in these two things within the commercial interior design niche. A professional will – or should – have strong experience in both of these areas and be able to apply this to your project in order to implement a smooth and efficient process.
In addition to this, their knowledge and experience within the industry will also mean a professional design expert will be able to secure you the best possible prices with the right suppliers. In other words, you will quickly reap the rewards of the little black book of contacts they have spent years building on.
A weight off your shoulders
When you embark on a commercial interior design project or a complete office refurbishment, it can be tempting to want to take control of everything yourself. You might find yourself wanting to have the final say on things like colour, configuration and fabrics because after all, it is your workspace…
However, allowing a professional interior designer to apply their industry knowledge and experience to make educated design decisions is usually a blessing in disguise. Not only will it save you valuable time and energy that you need to pump into keeping your business ticking over, it will also ensure you’re maximising the potential of the space.