Decorating an Office Space That Both You and Your Employees Love
Your office is the heart of your business, and in many ways its entire body. It is where all the core action for your business happens, and is the place where you and your employees probably spend more waking hours for five days a week than you do in your own homes.
For this reason, it is very important to get office design right. If you manage to decorate in a way that you and your employees will really appreciate, then this can make a big difference to how pleasant the average working day is as well and even to your business. If you get it wrong, on the other hand, this can make an equally big difference – but this time for the worse!
Why Office Décor Matters
Office décor should be functional, but it doesn’t have to be drab and grey. You and your employees will find you are much happier in a pleasant, well-decorated space than in a faceless, uninteresting, generic office block. This will make the working day a happier experience all around and increase satisfaction and morale among all employees – yourself included.
However, contrary to what some people may think, the pursuit of good, stylish office décor is not just a personal matter and a treat for your employees. It can have a genuine, positive impact on your business in terms of productivity and profit. People work best and are more productive in a pleasant office in which they feel happy and at ease, and this means that the wheels of your business turn more freely when the office is well-decorated. Furthermore, providing an aesthetically-pleasing office environment is one factor contributing to employee satisfaction, making it easier for you to retain the skills of your most capable employees in the long term.
Choose a Theme
It is often best to create a professional, great-looking office décor design if you start with a clear idea of what you want to achieve. One of the best ways to do this is to choose a “theme.” This doesn’t mean decorating your business premises with imagery from your favourite film, but rather choosing a general, appropriate idea that embodies what you want your office’s new aesthetic to convey.
This could be as non-specific as “classic,” “modern,” “elegant” or “funky.” It will still give you a general guide when making decisions and choosing items and features. Obviously, show restraint and professionalism with concepts like “funky,” and choose something that is relevant to your business. An innovative tech firm may find that traditional or classic offices just don’t fit, and a firm of solicitors is unlikely to win points with its customers through a “funky” new office. Alternatively, you could choose a theme that is just a little more specific. For instance, “natural” offices are currently quite fashionable, putting an emphasis on natural materials such as wood and colours like brown and green.
Light is one of the most valuable assets your office can have. Of course, there is a limit to how far you can influence this unless you are undertaking a full refurbishment and redevelopment, but nonetheless you should try and maximise light as far as you physically can.
Natural light is best, but if this is really deficient in your office you should make up for it with plentiful artificial light. Avoid any tall obstructions in between windows and employee desks to allow light to spread throughout the parts of the office where people sit as much as possible. If your office has a real tendency to seem a little gloomy, consider decorating in light colours to accentuate and enhance the presence of natural light and generally brighten things up.
Desks, Office Chairs and Other Furniture
Items of furniture will be among the most prominent features of the office, and these could well be due for a refresh as part of your redecoration efforts. The right choices, both aesthetically and practically, can make a huge difference to the success of your new décor and the impact it has on your business as a whole.
It is best to consider these things from both an aesthetic and practical viewpoint. For example, choose colours that will complement other aspects of your office’s look, and will help create the pleasant environment that you are going for. There are plenty of office chairs that look good as well as providing high levels of functionality, and the choice of wooden or metal desks – along with the particular shade of wood you choose – can also make a real difference to the overall look of your office. From a practical viewpoint, try to choose desks with plenty of storage and organisational options such as shelving, drawers and document trays. This, combined with the presence of filing cabinets and other office storage in the office, will help to ensure that everything stays looking good long after the redecoration of the office is complete instead of getting filled with unsightly clutter.
While other considerations are certainly important, it is best not to compromise on quality. This applies both to quality of workmanship in having the redecoration carried out and also to specific items such as new furniture and fittings.
Buying cheaper, lower-end items might save money and keep the cost of your office refurbishment down in the first place, but it is likely to prove a costly tactic over time. Offices are often-hectic environments and are used by multiple people for the majority of the week. They see a lot of wear and tear, and it won’t take long for lower-quality objects and poorly-fitted features to start showing it. This will mean that the work needs to be repeated, or at least repaired, much sooner and the overall cost in real terms will rise accordingly over time. Furthermore, it will impact employee morale and reduce productivity. Nobody is happiest or at their most hard-working when sitting on an unsteady chair at a falling-apart desk.