ARCHITECTURAL GLASS FINISHES – Privacy, Polish and PizzazzSEPTEMBER 23, 2019| SpeedPro of SF Peninsula
When it comes to workplaces, strong interior design is more than just an appealing “nice to have”. Smart space planning, consistent design elements and efficiency are critical elements to how your business functions and feels.
Your office design sets the tone for your business, telling a story to customers about your brand personality, professionalism and success. At the same time, for employees who spend the majority of their day in an office, it’s crucial to create a space that is functional, inviting, visually appealing, and stimulating – all of which promote productivity and efficiency.
Since an office’s overall aesthetic speaks volumes about the quality and context of a business or brand, more enterprises, from small to large, look to incorporate unique, modern design elements – like glass finishes – into their work environment.
Here’s how to merge form and function to give an office a polished look with architectural and glass finishes:
DETERMINE YOUR PRIVACY AND DECORATIVE NEEDS
As more offices move toward “open plan” layouts, there is still need for private or semi-private areas. Conference rooms, cell-phone cubes, HR offices, Maternity dens and engineering/ R&D areas may all call for glass treatments from blockout to semi-transparent. At SpeedPro of SF Peninsula, we’ve worked with dozens of companies, contractors, designers and consultants in providing unique finishes to convert a plain sheet of glass to a statement.
Leading manufacturers such as 3M, Avery, Oracal and Lintec make frosted, dusted and printable films specially designed for glass. With our AGFA Anapurna H-series printer we can print white ink on optically clear media for a custom looks that goes beyond the “off the shelf” patterns. Frosted or etched vinyl or polyester films and privacy panes give seclusion where you want it – like in meeting rooms or executive offices – without deviating from the same professional, cohesive and high-end aesthetic you’ve created throughout your space.
In order to successfully incorporate architectural and glass finishes throughout your office, it’s important to initially prioritize function over form. In other words, address the areas of your office you’re looking to keep more private, before tackling accent walls and other places to include finishes and details that are purely decorative.
By focusing on the rooms and sections of your office where you’re looking to improve privacy, you make sure you get the most out of your design without going overboard.
WE’LL HELP YOU SELECT THE RIGHT FILM AND FINISH
After nailing down the fundamentals and determining where your privacy walls or accents belong, you can then customize your look by selecting the film and finishing technique for each area. While different films and finishes elevate your aesthetic and complement the space, each serves a purpose in achieving varying degrees of privacy.
For example, frosted glass signs, screens and walls hold a foggy and matted appearance that lets in light and veils vision – but only partially. By obscuring clear shapes and forms rather than blocking sight altogether allows for limited visibility and moderate privacy.
Frosted, dusted crystal or slightly tinted glass are all good options for obscuring direct lines of sight into conference rooms and other private areas. Opaque or block-out films and finishes are best for more complete coverage or privacy – often used on a building’s exterior to minimize passerby visibility into the office.
We can print on most of these films, from optically clear to block-out, and can also contour cut on colored or printed frost or opaque, leaving clear glass in a pattern.
INCORPORATE PATTERNS AND COLORS THAT INSPIRE AND INVIGORATE
In addition to architectural and glass elements’ functional purpose, you can also incorporate different colors and patterns to help elevate your aesthetic and enhance your environment.
Glass coloration adds creativity and life to areas where it’s installed, and like pieces of art, these panes serve as decorative room embellishments that instantly update your design.
Add colored detailing and glass films to traditional clear or finished surfaces to incorporate more color and points of interest into a workspace. By using colors that match or complement your overall brand scheme, you can reinforce your branding within your physical space.
Patterned glass creates a memorable visual statement in any office. From geometric patterns to lettering, logos or complete images, today’s window films can be printed or shape cut to realize your vision directly onto glass surfaces in your office. Custom finishes, like vertical lines or waves, can also turn your glass’ surface into a patterned work of art itself.
When it comes to adding unique design elements that are as eye-catching as they are utilitarian, architectural and glass finishes are the perfect solution for upgrading any office space.
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