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Design for business on a budget- Presentation given at the Queens Chamber of Commerce.


  • 1. Decorating and Designfor Business on a Budget George Alonso 21-52 80th Street Garden Bay New York 11370 646.270.5608 www.ofhandandsoul.com galonso@ofhandandsoul.com

2. George Alonso

  • A Faux/Decorative artist and Scenic Artist creating contemporary and traditional hand painted wall finishes, custom murals, 2 & 3 color wall glazes, faux woods, faux marbles and stones, gold leafing in precious and non precious metals. Also included are an array of textured and troweled wall treatments, frescos, metallic and Venetian Plasters.
  • Of hand & Soul also offers decorative embellishments such as drapes, accent lighting, furniture placement, light upholstering, color consulting, painted furniture and if it does not exist they will design it and build it. We will also go shopping for you or with you. Private homes & offices have been the primary focus for Of Hand & Soul and we are looking to expand our services to restaurants , offices, day spas, salons and boutique hotels.

George Alonso 21-52 80th Street Garden Bay New York 11370 646.270.5608 www.ofhandandsoul.com galonso@ofhandandsoul.com 3. Decorating & Design for business on a budget address the important elements

  • Embrace your customers and your teams with color
  • What is your business about
  • Select furnishing with care and where?
  • Keep your decorating minimal & simple.
  • Lighting
  • Feature walls
  • De-cluttering
  • Decorating an office space can be a delicate balancing act. On the one hand you want your office space to be inviting and pleasant for both employees and visitors, while on the other hand it must remain professional in look and feel.

George Alonso 21-52 80th Street Garden Bay New York 11370 646.270.5608 www.ofhandandsoul.com galonso@ofhandandsoul.com 4. Embrace yourself & customers with color Lets paint the office walls!!!We recommendpicking a color that reflects the spirit of your business.If you work in a traditionally conservative industry such as banking or legal services,you're better off choosing a neutral color such as light green, beige, or a shade of white.If your business is traditionally staffed by more creative types such as designers or artists, feel free to go for walls with more visual pizzazz. Whichever tone you choose, be sure to usehigh-quality paint that will last for a long time, as repainting an office space can be a disruptive event. Is your ceiling really high?If so, you can paint it virtually any color that goes with the rest of the room.If youd like to bring the ceiling down visually, consider a color darker than your wall color or a warm color(both will advance and appear to bring the ceiling down to a level that is more in scale with your room).Also consider adding crown molding ifnot already there. The molding will also bring the ceiling down by calling your eye sattention to it. And it really finishes the room. Is your ceiling low or average height?Consider painting it a tint of the wall color. If your walls are a medium blue, then your ceiling would be the very lightest blue on the color swatch or even lighter (white with a dash of blue). This will help to round out the room and make the ceiling part of the overall decor not just that white sheet over the top. Paint Resources - Janovic Plaza Long Island City -718.392.3999 COLOR George Alonso 21-52 80th Street Garden Bay New York 11370 646.270.5608 www.ofhandandsoul.com galonso@ofhandandsoul.com 5. What do colors mean

  • Red:raises a rooms energy level. It sa good choice when you want to stir up excitement, particularly at night. In the living room or dining room, red draws people together and stimulates conversation. In an entryway, it creates a strong first impression. Red has been shown to raise blood pressure, speed respiration and heart rate. It is usually considered too stimulating for bedrooms, but if youre only in the room after dark, you llbe seeing it mostly by lamplight, when the color will appear muted, rich, and elegant. Red, the most intense, pumps the adrenaline like no other hue.
  • Yellow:captures the joy of sunshine and communicates happiness. It sperfect for kitchens, dining rooms, and bathrooms, where happy color is energizing and uplifting. In halls, entries, and small spaces, yellow can feel expansive and welcoming.Yellow although is a cheery color is not a good choice in main color schemes of a room. People are more likely to lose their tempers in a yellow room. Babies also seem to cry more in a yellow room. This color tends to create feeling offrustration and anger in people.
  • Blue:brings down blood pressure and slows respiration and heart rate. Thatiswhy itisconsidered calming, relaxing, and serene, and is often recommended for bedrooms and bathrooms. Be careful, however: A pastel blue that looks pretty on the paint chip can come across as unpleasantly chilly when it son the walls and furnishings, especially in a room that receives little natural light. If you opt for a light blue as the primary color in a room, balance it with warm hues in the furnishingsand fabrics.
  • Green:is considered the most restful color for the eye. Combining the refreshing quality of blue and the cheerfulness of yellow, green is suited to almost any room in the house.
  • Purple:in its darkest values (eggplant, for example) is rich, dramatic, and sophisticated. It sassociated with luxury as well as creativity, and as an accent or secondary color, it gives a scheme depth. Lighter versions of purple, such as lavender and lilac, bring the same restful quality to bedrooms as blue does, but without the risk of feeling chilly.
  • Orange :evokes excitement, enthusiasm and is an energetic color. While not a good idea for a living room or for bedrooms this color is great for an exercise room. It will bring all the emotions out that you need when jumping into your fitness routine.In ancient cultures orange was used to heal the lungs and increase energy levels.

George Alonso 21-52 80th Street Garden Bay New York 11370 646.270.5608 www.ofhandandsoul.com galonso@ofhandandsoul.com 6. What is your business about ?

  • For example the perfect interior design for a doctor's office will be totally different from a high-tech computer company, or an engineering company.
  • So you, should first ask yourself what the nature of your business is and what message you want to communicate with your design: seriousness, impressive, luxury, friendliness, etc.?
  • How Much Space Is Available?The amount of furniture you can use in your design depends on how big/small your office is. So depending on the space, the design also will vary.
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Tecchi go funky an edgy- looser fun with color Law firm /financial financial firm- feel little more buttoned upexude that feeling of money coming out of your pores. George Alonso 21-52 80th Street Garden Bay New York 11370 646.270.5608 www.ofhandandsoul.com galonso@ofhandandsoul.com 7. Selecting Furniture Make sure the office furniture you choose fits the room and that there is enough room to opencabinets and drawers, and that people have enough room to get to their desks, and in and out of the office. Office furniture needs to be suitable for purpose. A cool desk isn't necessarily functional. Caf style chairsand tables might look good in a catalogue, but are they appropriate for a firm ofsolicitors? Don't forget extra office furniture items like filing cabinets, book cases and computer standsas these will provide additional functionality and storage space for your office. Make sure that your office furniture is ergonomic.Divide the room where possible by having separate areas for different types of staff.Those who spend all day on the phone will have different furniture needs to those who need room toview design ideas or those who need peace and quiet. Different moods can be created by using different colored chairs, desks, or tables. Stylish hi tech modern designs, or traditional woods? What you choose will depend on the natureof your business. Your office furniture may be fashionable today, but will it still look stylish in 5 yearstime? Think about the impression your office furniture has to give to clients as well as staff.Office furniture for a firm of accountants needs to be different from a graphic design company or a call centre.The office might be part of a factory or a restaurant or a shop, so it needs to be appropriate and in keeping with thecompany ethos. A design agency will want to appear creative and vibrant, whilst a solicitor's office will want to appearcalming and welcoming. Think about the future, how easy is it to expand the office layout, using your chosen furniture? New employees or technology or processes and procedures may mean that the office layout has to change frequently. Can you move desk around yourselves, or do you need the fitters to take the desks apart so they can be rebuilt in a different part of the office? George Alonso 21-52 80th Street Garden Bay New York 11370 646.270.5608 www.ofhandandsoul.com galonso@ofhandandsoul.com 8. Healthy hardy plants for the Office The most effective plants and the ubiquitousAreca Palm came first for removing ammonia, and formaldehyde (found in many cleaning products) from the air and releasing