Is there anything more boring than having a bland office environment to work in?
Having white, sterilized walls while old furniture with no personality whatsoever scatter across the room might be enough to make any person to question if they are in a solitary confinement. At least a bad office room can be something you can poke fun with your coworkers with during your break. A monotonous room is just mind-numbing.
Now, obviously, not every office or company can afford to blow massive amounts of money for luxurious sofas on their lounge area, especially if they are just a small startup company. They have a budget for a reason and they need to make more money first before they can actually consider life’s hidden luxuries for employers wanting a break.
However, as this article will soon point out, you do not need big wads of cash and mansion-tier sofas to make your office a brighter and better place. Even some minor adjustments here and there, and some inexpensive furniture can help make even the sleepiest offices look more like a proper and enhancing work environment. Let us examine some ways you can achieve this.
Open Floors – Cheaper, yet roomier
Walls have their own practical uses. They allow people a sense of privacy and give a specific room a sense of meaning, allowing them to concentrate more.
However, this can also backfire when used without much thought. Too many walls will make any office space feel stuffy and tight, making the room not a suitable environment to concentrate on getting anything done.
A solution to this that can be considered is adding more open floors in your office design.
Not only will it be much cheaper (You will not be spending on materials when there is nothing to build), it makes the office space feel much more open-ended. You can still have some walls here and there, but a nice and open space will be good for those wanting to stretch their body in a more spacious environment. Plus, it is also much easier for people to move since they don’t need to go around so many walls.
The natural and environmental touch of nature
There is just something really comforting about bringing in nature in your own environment in one way or another. Whether it is by investing on wooden flooring at home or bringing in a leafy friend, it makes the place feel much more organic.
This more than applies for your office too. Consider different types of plants, ferns, flowers, or maybe cacti on your desks if you are feeling a little spicy. Large potted plants work in lounge areas, or even near the water cooler.
Having potted plants gives your office a more natural personality while still keeping the overall responsibility of work. Artificial plants are cheap and pretty, but why not consider a real one? Most of them are not exactly high on maintenance, what with needing just a bit of water and sunlight to survive for the day, and you will get the benefit of having a nice companion to accompany you as you type away.
Plants are not the only one way to decorate by bringing nature in. Wood panels on your floors, walls, and ceilings are another way to bring in the natural touch, while you can also consider having your tables be wooden in the lounge areas too.
Floors with collaborations
This goes hand-in-hand with open spaced rooms; whether you want to reduce your budget on walls, or you just don’t need so many rooms that you likely will not even use, you can easily fix these problems by simply having certain areas serve more than one function.
However, you should make sure that the environment does not conflict with one another. A lounge room with comfortable couches and sofas that can double as a place for informal meetings from different departments? Good idea. A lunch table in the middle of the office computers? Probably not...
Business themed walls
A wall might look nice on its own, but it can be made even better with a little bit of a creative touch added.
In other words, add some designs onto that wall, it is practically like a blank canvas screaming to get drawn on or have something placed on it! You can place your brand’s logo on it and show everyone just who you are, while adding specific designs on it according to your company, or even just the room!
With how large and flexible these walls are, the only limit for how you want to design them is your imagination.
Standard office furniture
They say that the classics work best, and boy does it really. Having standard furniture, especially for those on the computer table working help keep a sense of control and symmetry for the room’s color and design, while being both practical and inexpensive, so don’t worry about the price tag here!
This means a wide variety of office chairs such as mesh chairs work, and the same goes with office desks too. It is okay to have them all be the same color, style, and brand.
Just make sure that they are at the very least comfortable for your workers. They will be sitting there for hours on end, after all.
Minimalism is a great style
Sometimes, having less is more, especially for those on a budget. A flashy office design might seem appealing at first, but it can actually be a turnoff for people when the designs are too overwhelming for them.
Being a minimalist uses simplicity to your advantage, so don’t try to scatter a lot of accessories on tables for the sake of “adding more” to the design of your room. You may actually be doing the opposite instead.
Even something as simple as painting your walls with lighter and brighter colors can make a difference in changing the office environment for the better.
For your windows, consider made to measure curtains, as they are inexpensive, flexible, and can make any windowed room really pretty. Plus, they help regulate the light in the room.
Inviting comfortable couches and sofas
For a lounge to have that really comfortable feel, you want the main dish, the seating, to actually make people feel comfortable.
Even if you keep the rest of the lounge simpler in design, and focus more on the comfort of a really good couch, it is what people will feel the most when they just want to catch a break for once.
On another bright note, it makes for a great brainstorming environment among coworkers too, as it feels less like office work and more about people throwing great ideas at each other.
Get advice from professional interior designers
Even with all this said, getting a professional will still be your best bet.
Why, you may ask?
It’s simple. While many ideas in articles such as this cover a wide variety and general way that you can spruce up your office spaces, an interior designer not only doubles as a second opinion for your ideas, but they can help tailor your thoughts for your specific office space.
After all, it’s rare that two office spaces are the same, and even if they are, who is using them? What is the room being used for?
Having a professional on the scene helps narrow down your options to the nitty gritty details while giving your office much more charm than you thought it could have.