Office waiting area is the face of the work place; it reflects the mood of the people working there. It needs to be designed in a sophisticated manner, with color schemes and texture used to be somber and classy. Meanwhile there is fashion nowadays to give it a trendy touch, to give the employees a feel at home. Designing it on the basis of a theme would be a better option to serve the purpose. The themes should be chosen in the lighter shades. Preferably white will give it a classical touch.
The waiting area is a place, where guests and employees come to wait or relax, so the area needs to be properly lit, not too dim or not too bright. Meanwhile it is preferable to have natural lighting as much as possible. Small plantations, leather cushions would give it a natural touch.
Also the walls should be decorated with the paintings of inspirational or funny nature, as it reflects the mood of the workforce and also lightens the mood of the visitor. Overall, the waiting area is the face of an office for the outsider, so it should reflect the same.