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The Interior Designer's Guide to Branded Environments

Jan 18, 2018 / by Mike Brown

The office environment says a lot about a company, and its design makes a lasting impression on visitors, employees and customers. So it's no surprise that it's becoming increasingly popular for companies to look for opportunities to style their office or commercial spaces so that it becomes an extension of their brand, to maximize their visual impact and create a more memorable impression for visitors.

So today we're sharing three tips for designing a branded environment that reflects your client's company, without going too far.

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A Simple Guide to Carpet Installation Patterns

Jan 16, 2018 / by Michael Eckert

One of the main benefits of modular carpet tiles is the design flexibility they offer. Not only are carpet tiles available in a much wider range of patterns, colors and designs than other flooring types; they can also be installed in a variety of different patterns and layouts, to add an additional design flair to even a subtle choice of carpet tile.

We're looking at several different installation pattern options, for both modular carpet squares and carpet planks - as different shapes of carpet tiles offer different installation patterning opportunities.

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How to Choose the Right Classroom Flooring

Jan 10, 2018 / by Mike Patrick

The classroom environment plays a crucial role in student success. A positive environment correlates with better test scores and higher achievement, whereas a negative environment makes it difficult for students to focus on their studies, leading to lower achievement rates.

There are several factors that impact the overall environment in the classroom: noise levels, comfort, cleanliness and aesthetics. Surprisingly, there's one thing that can affect all of these factors: your choice of flooring. Here are five things to look for when choosing flooring for your classrooms, to create a positive learning environment.

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Why Half of Floors Fall Short on Slip and Fall Liability

Jan 3, 2018 / by Michael Eckert

A recent study by Chicago-based insurer CNA Financial Corp has found that 50% of floors fail to meet the minimum friction levels set-out by the American National Standards Institute - meaning they fall short on slip and fall prevention.

The study showed that 40% of falls occurred in walking and working surfaces (compared with 33% in parking lots and 27% on sidewalks). Falls were especially common in entry spaces, which have to deal with the highest levels of foot traffic in a building.

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4 Ways to Change Your Open Office Layout to Improve Health and Productivity

Dec 27, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

We typically spend upwards of 40 hours a week in the office, so it's no surprise that the office environment has a significant impact on the health and well-being of the people who use it every day. Today we're looking at four ways to change-up the layout and environment of your office, in order to improve employee health - and in turn, their productivity - while at work.

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5 Flooring Specification Mistakes that Interior Designers Must Avoid

Dec 20, 2017 / by Mike Brown

When specifying new commercial flooring for a client, it's essential that you have a good understanding of their desired aesthetic, but also the practical requirements and limitations of the project. Otherwise, you run the risk of specifying a product that is a poor fit for the client's needs, and putting the success of your design project at risk.

We've compiled some of the top flooring specification mistakes, so you can avoid making the same mistakes, and make your upcoming projects a success.

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4 Ways Your Office Design Can Improve Indoor Air Quality

Dec 14, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

Poor indoor air quality can lead to a number of health complaints from building users, including respiratory problems, fatigue and exacerbated allergies. But what actually causes poor indoor air quality? And how can you design and furnish you office in a way that improves air quality - and in turn, the health and wellness of building users?

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4 Essentials for Your New Sit to Stand Office

Dec 12, 2017 / by Mike Brown

Sit-to-stand working offers real health benefits, and can also lead to improved productivity in the workplace.

But unfortunately, mistakes in office design and equipment can inadvertently hamper the adoption of this healthy working practice. To help boost the adoption of sit-to-stand working in your office, we've outlined 4 essentials for furnishings and decor for sit-to-stand offices.

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Can Your Office Design Layout Improve Employee Recruitment and Retention?

Dec 7, 2017 / by Mike Brown

Does your office create an inspiring first impression for potential new employees? Prospective employees will be more excited about joining your company if you have an attractive workspace. But what about your current employees? With forty hours (or more) of our week spent in the office, the design of our working environments plays a huge role in job satisfaction and employee retention.

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WELL, LEED or Green Label: An Introduction to Designing Healthy Buildings

Dec 5, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

The concept of healthy buildings has been a growing priority since awareness of sick building syndrome (SBS) emerged in the 1970s. To help you design healthy buildings, we're sharing an introduction to some of the most widely-used building standards looking at health and wellness, and identifying simple ways to improve the health of building users with your designs.

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