Having a great office is important, if you want to attract and retain top talent. A workplace can be a main source of inspiration and motivation, if we allow it to be that way. Our offices have a way of becoming the catch-all areas of our busy lives and it’s easy for an office to end up looking less like a professional workspace and more like an oversized hall closet. There are few things we can do in order to improve our workplace and make it look luxurious and professional at the same time.
Here are few tips which can help you make your office look expensive and professional even in a small budget.
- Hire Good Vendors: People waste most of their money in renovating their offices, fixing those things which weren’t done right at first time. Whether it’s help with interior design or painting or installing Wi-Fi, it’s important to work with a vendor that you can trust even if it’s not necessarily the cheapest option. Ask your friends or neighbours to help you find a good vendor.
- Keep Clutter at Bay: Try not to store your supplies out in the open or stack unused office equipment in a random corner. Because nothing makes an office look better than removing the clutter. If your office building has a basement storage, then put your empty desks and unused chairs down there until they’re needed. If paper and files are left out, the space almost immediately feels overwhelming, so tucking away that extra clutter always works for the office.
- Check under the Carpet:. Giving an upgrade to hardwood floors or polished concrete will make your office look luxurious. If you have enough money to spend on the flooring, you can use mezzanine floors in your office which are cheap, but make your office look more expensive.
- Customize the Lighting: Don’t just rely on the room’s existing overhead lights. Instead, add in functional and stylish lamps to create a luxurious atmosphere. Lighting fixture doesn’t have to be expensive to work well. The important thing to do is to combine your lights fixtures in different ways. The main lighting may come from top lit fluorescence, but you should also bring in lamps that sit on tables at walls.
- Use Artwork in Office: Art always adds something charming in a space. It gives us many options to make our office look more creative and innovative. Enlarge and print a favourite poem, quote or excerpt from a book, frame it and hang it on your office wall. It can become an unexpected and unique art piece. Try experimenting with the artwork, instead of always choosing the corporate art ideas.
- Tidy up the Workplace: Having a tidy office is the main key of having a nice office. Cleaning and organizing your workspace is the most basic way to improve its aesthetics and it doesn’t cost you anything. Clean the clutter and then clean primary surfaces like the floors, windows and your desk. It’ll set the stage for more refinements later.
- Add a few Surprises: Your office should reflect your personality, mix in some vintage touches, a kitschy accessory, an antique or something handmade. Blending these accents into your office decor can take your space out of the mundane. Add a bit of humour and communicate who you are and what you love.
- Bring the Spring In: Flowers always look nice and elegant. To make your office look and smell fresh, buy some flowers and put them in, especially on the desk where you can enjoy them. Flowers are the cheapest option to make your office smell good. Having different flower arrangements depending on the season can make your office a little bit more charming.
- Arrange Your Desks to Encourage Natural Light: Many offices have gorgeous windows permanently shaded because of the glare it creates on people’s computer screens. All this can be avoided with a little bit of testing up front. Each desk position has good times of day and bad times of day. Keeping your office windows open will refresh the minds of the employees as the natural light spreads throughout.
- Add Texture: Texture is the unsung component of good interior design. Even in offices, it can add visual interest and dimension. Accent pillows, upholstery, window treatment and rugs are all great ways to work rich and varied textures into your workspace.
- Hide the Cables: If your computer area is turning into a dusty and tangled nest of cables, cords, wires and plugs then it’s time to organise them. Having hundreds of cables from your laptop, scanner or printer can easily steal your clients’ attention and that is not something to be proud of. Label each cable, wire with plastic bread bag tags, wrap with Velcro strips and run cords along the backside of a desk using eye hooks or clips.
- Be Creative: Allow yourself to be creative and it doesn’t cost you anything. Come out of your comfort zone and choose something unusual than what you would normally go for. Try something which you had never thought of. Surprise yourself with the choice and enjoy it.
Creating and making your office is all in your hands. You just have to look for the right things and you’ll get what you have always wanted.