Secrets to Designing a Small Reception Area Effectively

Secrets to Designing a Small Reception Area Effectively

Designing a small office reception area is more often than not, cause for much indecision and frustration. Besides our conference room(s), clients spend more of their time in this area of our workplace than any other.

The reality is you can have a small reception area that looks great and functions as well as one that is much bigger. The trick is to utilize our small space solutions.

Our solutions to common workplace design issues, was created to help you realistically organize a small reception area or small workplace. These solutions will help you transform your confusion about your office reception area into a clear picture of design.

First issue: Too much stuff


Even a big reception area with a lot of stuff won’t be visually appealing, and areas without a lot of square footage more quickly becomes overbearing when inundated with stuff. Designers of small reception areas need to be continuously mindful of "stuff control."

Problem Solving:

Small reception areas often have few places for storage. When designing your small reception area, thinking through, and designing spaces (sometimes custom), consider obscure storage places.

Clever storage spaces can help you to neatly organize your space. Sometimes odd places can be an opportunity for storage.

 reception desk

You may consider building into your reception desk storage facilities that your receptionist can access and visible shelving that clients can view and obtain information about your company.

On the other hand, reception area storage can utilize your designated storage fast, if you are not careful. If your storage is maxed out, maybe it’s time to consider disposing of things you don’t really need or enlarging your space.

Second issue: Large furniture

You may not be able to comfortably fit a large reception desk, sofa or lounge chairs in your reception space. Large furniture can easily crowd a space and make the room feel like it’s closing in. 

Problem solving:

You can either remove some of the furniture or scale it down. By doing so, you won’t make the space any bigger but the space will feel more comfortable visually. Be careful in the process not to sacrifice functionally for which the space should be designed to accommodate. Start with key pieces of furniture designed around functionality. It’s not always possible to get the perfect size reception furniture in the perfect color with the perfect storage accoutrements. It may be a practical idea to consider some custom reception furniture.

How to get proportion and scale right in your home.

Third issue: Visually Hectic room

Dominant color in your reception area is not something to be taken lightly. In addition, large bold patterns, dark colored reception furniture or elements that diminish natural light can visually crowd your space. It’s not difficult to overdo a small reception space with excessive pattern, color or texture.

Problem solving: 

When considering color for your small reception space, it is usually better to go with colors that are neutral. If you have a small space, consider limiting your color selection to three or fewer, or even several tones and tints in the same spectrum.

When choosing key pieces of furniture like a reception desk, make selections in the light to neutral color range or use small patterns or texture.

If neutrality is a big issue for you, you might want to consider doing one accent wall or a color intense piece of art to add a bit of pop to your room.

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