These days, there’s a wealth of opinions and info available about how to design and host effective meetings – but not a lot of info on how to design an effective boardroom. In order to impress , stakeholders, and clients, board room designs have to have serious impact, and while video conference calls and virtual meetings may be on the rise, a professional and modern board room is still a core piece of organizational identity.
Effective and powerful meeting spaces hold the power to affecting and influencing how your business is perceived by your partners, competitors, and clientele, which is why boardroom design is such a surprisingly important aspect of modern office design.
Here are our top picks of client-facing board room ideas that have serious impact on their businesses, their brands, and their success.
Showcase & Use Technology
The world is becoming increasingly interconnected through digital and mobile technologies, so state of the art digital media and audiovisual communication technology is critical to the success and effectiveness of any boardroom design.
Rooms with adequate technology are used 5X more often that rooms without, and Herman Miller Research tells us that limited technology causes smaller conference rooms to be used only 10% of the time – so some key pillars of required tech should be screens, displays, and communication devices – but different organizations will require different tech in their spaces, so suit according to your specific needs.
Technology can also be used to implement effective and streamline booking efforts to alleviate conflict and accidental double-occupancy of a space to improve investor perception of your company’s internal organization.
The Impact of Colour & Lighting
Physical environments are extremely important to the positive impact of your boardroom spaces. Conference and boardrooms typically benefit from brightness and alertness, and as such the impact of colour and lighting play big roles in the perception of a space.
It’s been found in innumerable studies that natural light affects the cognitive performance of the brain and causes us stay alert and engaged longer. The ideal boardroom is situated close by a view of nature, and/or allows ample amounts of natural light to flood the space – artificial fluorescent lighting can contribute to meeting attendees feeling drowsy, unmotivated, and frankly, bored.
Choice of furniture and feature materials can play a massive role in the way a boardroom impacts its occupants. Aesthetically, there are many different ways to ramp up the visual appeal of your boardroom. Modern design themes implement brushed metals, glass, leather, and crisp monochromatic colour palettes to exemplify a space that’s up-to-date, professional, and efficient.
More comfortable and laid-back boardrooms can successfully utilize materials like wood and stone to portray a more organic and authentic atmosphere. Alternative to visual aesthetics, materials like cloth, microfiber, and felt can play a role in the physical comfort of boardroom occupants. If the room isn’t comfortable, it will prove difficult to achieve the desired results from those who use it.
Modern conference and boardrooms are chronically ill-equipped and underused. Herman Miller Research tells us that out of a standardized 12 chairs, only 3 or 4 are occupied at any given time, meaning that the quintessential boardroom is much too large, and that gives the illusion of an unmotivated, absent, or disengaged staff.
Working in and implementing smaller boardroom spaces not only saves physical space contributing to a wealth of other office space uses, but it can also contribute to increased efficiency, connectivity, and productivity. Smaller, more versatile boardrooms and meeting places are ideal for surprise meetings, unscheduled huddles, and conference calls.
Tie the Company Into the Space
Your core values and brand need to be reflected in the design of your boardroom. A great way to do this and simultaneously inject your boardroom with a zest of professional aesthetics is to add a video background display that reflects the spirit of your brand. It represents a great way to get creative and put some innovative thought and reflection into your space.
For example, rather than a massive logo, consider the video conference background in your boardroom with the Why statement of your business, or a quote or mantra delivered by your company founder, or an influential figurehead of your industry to help exemplify your brand’s dedication to greatness.
Use company colours in this important background wall, get creative with textures and try to exemplify a digital presence that helps raise your brand to new visual heights.
It’s critical that your business is able to grab hold of investor and stakeholder attention in the increasingly competitive and fast-paced business landscape of 2018.
Board room design idea that have serious impact are all about colour, light, digital tech prowess, and ensuring that the physical spaces themselves are conducive to collaboration, efficiency, and professionalism – ensure your space is positioned on those pillars, and you’ll have to trouble impressing the key prospects of your business.