November 16, 2023
Welcome to the world where business identity converges with the art of interior design. Here we will explore the pivotal role interior design plays in shaping a brand’s narrative, and how your specific branding can elevate your interior.
Branding is a critical tool companies use to create a distinct identity for their company in the eyes of their customers. It’s more than just a logo or a tagline; it’s a comprehensive strategy that defines the personality, values, and promises a business makes to the world. Effective branding fosters recognition, builds trust, and sets the stage for a lasting connection with your customers. It’s the art of crafting a narrative that resonates with your target market, creating a memorable and distinct imprint in their minds.
Dandy’s Ice Cream | Designed by JDG | Photo by Andrew Fyfe Photography
Now let’s focus on brand identity, a crucial component of business branding. Brand identity speaks to the aspects of your business that are instantly recognizable to your patrons – the face your business presents to the world. It includes visual elements such as the logo, colour palette, and even the typography you use. A strong brand identity not only sets you apart in a crowded market, but also serves as a powerful tool for conveying your business’s essence at a glance.
With this understanding of business branding and brand identity, we can now explore how interior design strategically contributes to these concepts. When incorporating branding into the interior design of a commercial space, every aspect is passed through the filter of a company’s specific branding before it is ever implemented. The result of fusing interior design and brand identity is the creation of a space where branding is not simply something you see upon entering, it’s something you feel.
Duer | Designed by JDG | Photo by Andrew Fyfe Photography
In commercial interior design, there is one major element that works to set a brand apart from their competitors. Colour! As interior designers, we love when a client comes to us with their branding colours in hopes that we can incorporate them into the interior design of their space, but there’s more to it than simply splashing a coat of paint on the walls. A meticulously curated palette can convey the essence of your brand, speaking to the personality and values in a way that goes beyond mere sight.
Using the psychology of colour, brand colours can be implemented based on the feelings a company wishes to convey with their interior design. Colours have a profound impact on human emotions and perceptions and understand this can elevate your brand strategy. For instance, warm tones like reds and oranges evoke energy and passion, while cooler tones like blues and greens convey calmness and trust.
Dandy’s & Luxe | Designed by JDG | Photo by Adam Reiland
This is simply scratching the surface of colour psychology, however. Each colour on the wheel has a myriad of shades, tints, and tones. Take red for example; one shade may evoke energy and passion, while another could produce feelings or anger and aggression. Interior designers are equipped with the knowledge needed to help companies deal with the hard choice of which brand colours to choose, as well as how to properly display them in a space to create the emotional impact desired.
Expanding a business to multiple locations presents a company with considerable opportunities. A new location means new customers, and the chance to do something new and fresh with their interior. However, it’s crucial to seamlessly carry branding across each location. We want each location to feel like an extension of the same space rather than a completely separate entity, ensuring a cohesive brand experience across the board.
OEB Breakfast (Willowbrook) | Designed by JDG | Photo by Leading Lines Studios
Imagine your multiple business locations as a home. You may travel from the kitchen to the dining room, each unique with their own story to tell, but you’ll know that you are still in a familiar and comfortable space by the continuity of the underlying features. This analogy encapsulates the essence of maintaining brand consistency across multiple locations. Just as a well-designed home flows seamlessly from one room to the next, a cohesive brand experience ensures that each branch feels like an extension of the same narrative. This not only fosters a sense of familiarity for your customers, but also strategically reinforces your brand identity.
Interior design transcends aesthetics; it’s a strategic tool for communicating a brand’s values without the need for words. Each design choice is strategically chosen to echo your brands personality. From the choice of furniture to the arrangement of your space, each element is carefully curated to align with the values that define your business. It’s a process that goes beyond trends, ensuring that your brand’s identity is not just of the moment, but speaks to a timeless presence.
Tap & Barrel (Bridges) | Designed by JDG
In the strategic dance of style, layout, and atmosphere, each element plays a crucial role in influencing brand perception. An excellent example of this is the comparison of two well-branded restaurant designs: OEB Breakfast and Tap & Barrel. OEB’s interior design was curated to bring us a bright and cheery atmosphere that speaks to their company specific values with their farm-to-table aesthetic taking center stage. Contrast that with Tap & Barrel, where similar colours are used throughout the space, yet an entirely different experience is created. This juxtaposition highlights the powerful fusion of style and values, showcasing how two establishments, while using similar design elements such as colour choice and furniture, can create something very unique that resonates with their respective brand narratives.
As we conclude this strategic exploration, the message is clear: interior design is a crucial component in elevating your brand. Each decision, colour, and layout contribute to a cohesive brand narrative that works to elevate your interior and bring your brand’s personality to the forefront.
If branding is not something you have previously considered for your space, it’s not too late. Contact us to begin the conversation that will act as a launching point for your business’s brand identity makeover. Let’s make your business interior a strategic asset to your company.