Is your building putting its best foot forward?

You only get one chance to make a good first impression.

That old adage is as true for a building as it is for someone’s first job interview.  Once visitors, guest or customers come through your front door, the condition of your lobby is going to say volumes about your business.  And if your lobby also houses a waiting area, then people are going to have plenty of opportunity to spot any flaws.

Beyond stained ceiling tiles or 1990s color schemes, one of the most-insidious things that can happen is that your lobby just starts to get “tired” looking.  Worse, a lobby can just look dead.

The genesis for this blog post was an article in Building Design + Construction magazine entitled, Curing the “dead lobby’ syndrome, and they began by asking some fairly pointed questions:

Think about the building you go to work in every day …

  • Are you inspired when you walk in the front door?
  • Are you enticed to explore or investigate?
  • Is there a place to stop and spend time with a friend or colleague?
  • If pressed, could you even describe what the space looks like?


“Classic symptoms of DLS (Dead Lobby Syndrome) include an absence of purpose, lack of options, indistinct identity and a forgettable experience. They share a lack of meaningful experience for the individual,” says Marc Bellamy, Principal at Houston-based PDR.

At Inpro, we’ve been helping building managers keep their facilities looking new, fresh and engaging since 1979.  Here are just a few solutions to breathe new life into lobbies, corridors and waiting rooms:

Aspex® Printed Wall Protection – Large-scale and vibrant Aspex panels not only carry stunning imagery and graphics, but they also protect walls from wear and tear.


Juniper® Commercial Window Treatments – old draperies and faded window shades send the wrong message.  New window treatments add elegance to a space and improve energy efficiency.


Printed Wall Art can brighten a space, bring nature indoors, and be an effective element in a wayfinding scheme.