Posted on 19th January 2023

5 Workplace Design Elements for Successful Startups

Are you the founder of a new start-up and looking for innovative ideas for the new workplace? Well, you’ve come to the right place when it comes to start-up workplace design ideas. Here are 5 start-up workplace design elements that you could implement within your new start-up:

1. Natural lighting and views

Natural lighting is an element that you should definitely not ignore in your workplace. Research has shown that employees want natural light and even views of the outdoors in the workplace, meaning that you should be looking at spaces with large windows that allow the daylight to shine through. It may also be a good idea to place desks by these windows so that the lighting (nicely) hits employees in the mornings. Be mindful of glare, however, so the option of blinds or curtains should be available too.

2. Common/Social rooms

It’s important to consider incorporating social spaces for everyone to mingle with each other. This can be for breaks or just some time to relax, having common or social rooms can be beneficial in improving wellbeing and relationships between employees. Although your start-up may be small at the moment, as your business grows and you hire more talent, there’ll need to be areas where they’re able to build rapports with each other without disrupting others’ work.

3. Open-plan workplace

Your start-up space must be able to accommodate your small team, but at the same time inspire productivity and motivation. Open-plan workplaces are perfect for this as they help to foster collaboration, removing alienating cubicles that may make it harder for employees to communicate with each other. Plus, if you’re a start-up, you’re probably trying to find cost-effective workplaces, and an open-plan workplace can certainly help you save money, compared to cubicle workplaces.

Encourage transparency and collaboration with an open-plan workplace that offers flexibility and accountability. There is a sense of equity between employees which can assist in cultivating close and loyal relationships between employees and between employees and the company.

4. Indoor plants

Adding plants to the workplace is a great way to improve indoor air quality and overall aesthetic of the office. However, did you know that they also have extra benefits and perks that your start-up should take advantage of? For instance, plants can help relieve stress and boost productivity which are only two of many reasons to have a greener workplace. Thus, to ensure a successful start-up, decorating the office with indoor plants is something to consider.

5. Bright and cosy colour palette

Another design element that you should think about is the colour palette of the workplace. We recommend a bright and colourful palette that will not only appeal to employees and clients alike, but also to help improve mood and the general look of the space. For example, neutrals, yellows and blues are great colours to work with, especially combined with red accents.

This doesn’t only have to be in the form of wallpaper, flooring, and paint on the walls – office furniture and appliances should also be colourful to help boost creativity and productivity. Red office chairs, anyone? Or maybe a yellow coffee machine?

With these ideas in mind, you can take your start-up to the next level and maximise your chances of success.