With long working hours and overtime, it is estimated that most people spend more time in their office space than in their own homes. However, what could be more spirit-lowering than working in a dingy and stuffy office with tatty carpets and flickering migraine-inducing ceiling lights? Fortunately, however, there are certain easy steps that you can take in order to turn your office into a bright, inspiring workspace in which you and your colleagues feel comfortable and energized to produce your very best work. Here are five essentials for an inspiring office workspace.
- Hire an interior design company
Hiring an interior design company that specializes in office interior design, such as Source One Consulting, will give you the peace of mind that your office renovations will be carried out to a high standard that reflects all of your business’s needs. They will create plans to maximize your office space in order to create an inspiring and productive working environment that will serve your business for years to come. With professionals managing your renovation project, you can be assured that your new office will be created on time, on budget, and completely stress-free.
- Choose color carefully
Over time, a once bright wall can become stained and grubby looking, which can give the impression that your office is poorly maintained and in disrepair. One of the quickest and easiest ways to update your office space is to repaint the walls with a fresh coat of paint. Take some time to consider which paint colors to use before diving in. You might, for example, want to incorporate color theory into your office walls, which considers how certain colors can have certain psychological impacts – light blue and orange, for example, would be great for the office as they are said to promote focus and productivity. Alternatively, you might want to keep your office space on brand and paint using the same color palette as your corporate logo.
- Office furniture
Your current office furniture might be slightly worse for wear, being stained, unstable, and dated. Furthermore, certain pieces of office furniture may no longer be in use and, as such, simply take up valuable office space; a filing cabinet, for example, might now be obsolete if all your data is stored on your computer network. A new suite of office furniture can contribute towards boosting your workforce’s organization and productivity. Furthermore, updated office furniture can help to protect your staff from office-related health conditions, such as back issues from poor posture and repetitive strain injury. For instance, equip every desk with either an ergonomic office chair or a back support for an existing chair to help support the back during long stretches sat at a desk.
- Add plants
You might be accustomed to the stereotype of the dingy abandoned office with a single dying houseplant left on a desk; however, many businesses are recognizing the potential of plants for rejuvenating and brightening up an office space. There are many benefits of having plants in your office: they help to reduce stress, clean the air, and boost creativity, amongst others. Furthermore, they simply help to make your office look like a welcoming and attractive environment for your workforce. When choosing the best plants for your office, look for those which thrive in low light conditions, like snake plants and peace lilies, as your desk might not have consistent access to direct sunlight. Low maintenance plants requiring little water make ideal office plants as they will not distract too much from your to-do list – just make sure that you do give them some water from time to time!
- Maximize lighting
The fluorescent ceiling lights commonly found in office blocks have long been a pet peeve of office staff, as they often cause headaches by being overly bright and generate a distracting audible hum. Reduce your reliance on artificial lighting by making the most of natural light. This might involve reorganizing your desks and opening blinds and curtains to maximize on sunlight. However, it may not always be possible to rely on natural light. For instance, your office might not have enough window access, or the sunlight could fall directly onto computer screens to create glare. If this is the case, look for artificial lighting options that are not overly bright and are gentler on the eyes, such as LED ceiling lights. Furthermore, avoid sitting directly under bright ceiling lights, as this may cause glare on your computer screen.