Did you ever stop to consider the color of your brand should be incorporated into the colors in your office? Have you set goals for yourself as a business owner to envision how you want to grow your business? What image does your business portray? These are some of the many questions we ask when looking at creating your unique office space. Color and lighting play a significant role in how you feel in your office, what visitors experience and by utilizing unique color combinations beyond the traditional blue and gray – you can create an energizing space.
The Small Biz Shop located in Carnegie went through this process. Business owner, Linda D’Angelo, describes her experience in working with Catherine Montague of Green Design Innovation.
It started over a cup of coffee… I met with Catherine, fully armed with notions for my soon-to-be storefront. “I’ll just keep it with my traditional blues and greys” I thought. “I’m interested in this specific line of furniture because it will suit my needs” I justified. Catherine pleasantly listened. And then she started asking questions. Her passion drove my excitement. This business venture was going to be fun. “You think bright and bold colors fit my mission and what I’m working to accomplish, well… yes! That sounds great! What do we do next?”
Catherine explained the process, and recommended that I go and select some colors and she would then order samples and bring them to the office. Well, let’s just say MY first set of picks were bright and bold and ATROCIOUS! So Catherine gently redirected me to colors that would work and to this day I love. Even after over 1 ½ years, I still get compliments from clients and visitors on how cute and energizing my shop is.
But color is not all that Catherine helped with. No, that was just the start. She also encouraged me to spray paint the ceiling, to make the restroom a cute gem, and to think about replacing the covers over the lighting so the work area would be brighter. As we talked about my business, my goals and my work style, we moved on to the furniture and the layout. She offered invaluable suggestions regarding the type of furniture, the benefits of mobile furniture so I could easily move it to accommodate a variety of seating arrangements for workshops, and how to draw people in with the proper arrangement and focal points.
If it weren’t for Catherine, I have no doubt I would be avoiding my drab office with a setup that blocked customers from coming in and being engaged. Instead, I get to go to my lovely office. As I enter, I feel my senses both energized and calmed by the soft yellow side walls and my creativity being stirred by the plum back wall. Just the combination I need to support a day’s work at the office!
Catherine’s consistent level service throughout the process was incredible. She went way above our initial expectations, which was to help pick out colors. In talking with her, with her line of questioning, with her excitement in encouraging me to select colors that were appropriate to what I felt, to what I wanted to do, I realized it was also time to rebrand AND rename my business. So that plum color that you see on the back wall in my office, that’s the basis for the ‘Biz’ in my logo. Catherine mentioned that perhaps I should change my name to something like The Marketing Shop. I knew she was onto something. I felt it immediately. The word ‘shop’ completely fit what I was trying to accomplish. It wasn’t long until The Small Biz Shop was born. And to think… it all started over a cup of coffee. “Thank you Catherine!”
Color, lighting, furniture, office layout, accessories and company image are among all things considered when looking at a new office or an upgrade to an existing office space. Does your office need a face lift? Contact Catherine directly at 412-638-2696.
About the author: Catherine Montague is the president of Green Design Innovation and recipient of the 2014 Best of Houzz Award. Green Design Innovation is a full service design firm and providing an International Approach to Interior Design offering an array of residential and commercial interior design services. Core areas of services include: Interior Design, Real Estate Staging & Move-in services, Color Consultation and International Shopping. We are located in Sewickley near Pittsburgh serving our clients in Naples, FL and Paris or wherever they are.