Last week, we introduced you to Elsy Associate Cathy Loftus. This week, we’re sharing Cathy’s top five tips for great workspace design. With more than a decade in the business, and a constant eye on what’s next, Cathy is a font of great design knowledge!

  1. Less is more – It is almost always better to keep the design simple. Ever heard the Coco Chanel quote about taking one thing off before you leave the house every day? The idea is that there is always room for editing. I like the same approach to design.
  2. The ‘bones’ should be timeless – Wood paneled walls, chintz wallpaper, avocado shag carpeting. These design trends instantly date themselves in your mind, right? Keep the trendier portions of your design to areas that are easy to change in 10 years. The bones of the design should always be timeless.
  3. Don’t be afraid of color – It is possible to create polished, professional – even traditional – workspaces that feature unexpected or bold color. It is one of the easiest ways to make a big impact and create a memorable space.
  4. Think future-proofing – Today’s workplace technology changes so rapidly. Your design should be flexible enough to accommodate and help you keep pace with any changes. That means you should consider the connectivity needs of your space and the ease of workstation reconfiguration.
  5. Sweat the small stuff – Or rather, make sure you’re working with someone who will sweat the small stuff. It’s the little details that make a difference between good design and great design in a space. For example a cheap plastic transition between a beautiful carpet and a timeless stone floor can make two otherwise stunning materials look blah – every detail matters. That’s why I’m here!

Be sure to check back next week for more from our Inspired Series!