In her book 'The Office Interior Design Guide: An Introduction for Facility and Design', author Julie K Rayfield noted that the reception space is "fundamental to establishing the organisation's public image."
This is because the reception is the first impression of a business, and the primary interface for interacting with the public. As a result, Rayfield adds that the level of finish, design and styling of a reception is typically higher than the rest of the office areas.
There are also scientific reasons for putting so much emphasis on a reception, considering how quickly people can make up their mind about a product, person or space after their initial reaction with it.
Indeed, a study by the University of Winnipeg in Canada found that it takes as little as 90 seconds to form a solid first impression, and that between 62 to 90 per cent of the assessment is based entirely on colour. This is why picking a sophisticated colour scheme such as black and white can work wonders in a reception, especially when the monochrome palette is carried through to every detail, including the furnishing fabrics.
Why is a monochrome reception so effective?
Because the monochrome trend is so closely linked with contemporary design due to its minimalism, a reception designed in this style instantly suggests that a business is trendy and up to date. Being on the pulse of what is trending shows customers that a business is observant and portrays them in a positive light, ideal for crafting a commendable brand.
Additionally, a monochromatic room exudes style and sophistication because black and white are naturally complementary shades.
How to get the look with upholstery fabrics
Aim for contrast. If your reception walls are dark grey or even glossy black, balance the room with lighter whites on your furniture using upholstery such as Jake Linen or Pearl. On the other hand, since most offices tend to have lighter walls, make a statement sofa using Kozmik Onyx upholstery. The deep, rich black tones in a stonewashed texture have an industrial-chic vibe.
A great way to play with monochrome is by using pattern upholstery fabric over the cushions, especially in bold, graphic prints such as a chevron, stripe, polka dot or zebra. For a one-of-a-kind exotic look for your cushions, try Marrakech Chateau. A more subtle take on the print is Marrakech Storm Grey, which is useful for blending the black and whites with mid-range greys to create tonal modelling.