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|Placing Water Features In Reception Areas|
The reception area is one of the most visible spaces for a business. This is the first things most people see upon entering a building. The design of the reception area forms impressions about the character, status and trustworthiness of the business or service in the minds of customers, clients and visitors. One of the best ways to improve the first impression of your company or service is to add a water feature to your reception area. Lets look at how reception areas should be designed, then we can consider how to best add a water feature into a well designed entrance and reception area.
The reception desk location as it is aligned with the door should be in a power location without being overbearing. A power location is a position that has full view of people entering and exiting the building but which does not impede or interfere unnecessarily with the flow of traffic or the work that needs to be done on the premises. The best position for a reception desk is always backed by a sturdy solid wall that symbolically offers support for the receptionist who represents the business or service.
A small tabletop fountain on the reception desk is a perfect accent that will welcome visitors and gently draw attention to the receptionist and remind people to check in and ask questions. The reception area should always be kept clean and uncluttered. The reception desk should face the front door at an angle or be to the side rather then face the door head on. This non-direct positioning will help visitors feel at ease and welcome as they enter the building because the placement is less direct and confronting which gives people time to adapt to the new environment as they enter. Such extra time will set people at ease and they will be less apprehensive as the approach the receptionist.
After we have a properly situated reception desk and a clutter free space we can then look into adding water features. One of the most effective ways to improve an entrance area is to place a floor standing water feature between the reception desk and the front door. We can also use Feng Shui to position our fountains. In this situation a glass faced indoor waterfall can be used which will not completely block the view of the door, but which will act as a symbolic barrier between the reception desk and the door. This positioning will prevent the receptionist from being in a psychologically vulnerable position with regards to people entering the building too quickly or walking up on the desk unseen. The waterfall will also work to divert curious glances from onlookers or people passing by the front of the window which may distract the attention of the receptionist and make it difficult for them to concentrate. Using a wall water fountain is another options to keep in mind if you are short on floor space or are looking to introduce more lighting into the entry area. Wall waterfalls come with accent lighting that will light up the fountain.
An additional step can be taken on the water feature in which you can add your company logo or practice name onto the glass. Adding logos can be either sand blaster into the glass with a frosted look, painted on with an automotive quality paint or added as a vinyl logo depending upon the specific feature. The water flowing over the logo and glass is an excellent branding technique because water features strongly attention to themselves. The beauty of the fountain becomes associated with the logo, company or service which you are offering.
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