Top 5 Mixed-Use Projects Interior Design Ideas
- Create a connection to the neighborhood by incorporating the needs of the local demographic into the design of ground-floor spaces. Is it a college community that would benefit from a fully integrated Wi-Fi hotspot coffee shop? Or are there busy working professionals that want more options in the way of casual eateries or after-work drinks? The interior design for each space should then follow to complement its intended use.
- Building on the concept above, think about how the space relates to the local area. The design should be inspired, not generic. For example, we’re currently working on a design concept for a building adjacent to a loud, busy freeway, which inspired a design centered around a relaxing, spa-like ambiance in order to juxtapose the craziness of the world outside.
- Consider designing flexible ground floor units that can function as apartments or retail spaces, or work-live spaces. In an ever-changing world, it is always beneficial to plan for the possibility of a need for more or less retail units or apartments by maximizing the number of potential tenants.
- Don’t underestimate the importance of signage locations and design on the ground floor for potential retail spaces – without signage, people may not know that retail spaces are there. This is not good for business or tenant retention!
- Last but not least, make hallways feel inviting! Nobody wants to walk down a bland, uninviting hallway to get home. This is an often-overlooked opportunity to make an impression on residents and retail guests through the use of color, interesting textures, artwork or custom signage.