As an interior designer, every day at work is different - we never know what challenges a project will bring.
Recently we were called upon to help a prestigious South Carolina law firm complete their lobby. They had worked with an architect to convert their warehouse space into an office, however the concrete lobby floor, cool paint colors, and grey, striped commercial carpet tile felt cold and unwelcoming.
First, we all agreed that the reception desk should be turned to face the entrance doors. Behind the desk, a half wall with frosted glass panels above, was constructed to showcase the firm’s new logo, creating a focal point. This wall also separates the reception area from the offices, which felt “cavernous” before.
We added a light grey area rug to soften the lobby, creating a more welcoming feel. Since we needed a large rug, we selected carpet tiles that were assembled to look like a bound carpet. This was a flexible and practical solution for a commercial project. The light color brightens the space tremendously, and the random pattern is subtle.
One of the employee’s had some wonderful photos of coastal South Carolina, so she enlarged them in black and white and framed them as a triptych for the lobby. Four comfortable waiting chairs, updated lamps, and larger round tables (instead of the short narrow ones that were there before) complete the transformation!