It’s important, before thinking about anything else at all, to know what sort of palette you’re wanting for your office. If you’re a creative, then you can use big, bold colors – but if, for example, you run a legal office, that’s probably not as likely to be appropriate.
Color is key
But regardless of what’s best for your office, it’s definitely important to keep in mind that color plays an outsized role in setting the room’s mood. If the office feels bleak, add color (even in small doses).
And that’s one of the first ways that you can make a big impact on a relatively small budget – those pops of color can have a dramatic effect on the appearance of an office, but without actually making any terribly large purchases. Some examples of items to get:
- Wall decor
- Plants (especially colorful ones) – here are some good plants for offices and some air-cleaning indoor plants
- Chairs with an accent color
- Colorful wall dividers (depending on your office)
Clutter is your worst enemy
There’s nothing that makes an office look dingy faster than clutter – even if it was otherwise luxurious. Don’t store stacks of papers out in the open – and consider a clear desk policy for client-facing areas.
Whether it’s file cabinets, manuals, records, or even extra office equipment, making sure that everything has a place can go a long way toward making an office more palatable.
It’s probably not the most popular advice – but cleaning up is an important way to make your office look better, and it costs you nothing. Some more office design tips right here!
Consider eliminating reception
The reception area is important for some businesses. But depending on your industry, we’ve seem somewhat of a trend recently in businesses opting to do without. It’s not for everyone, but some office layouts actually get better without a reception area – and some can even feel more inviting. And, of course, it goes toward creating the minimalist office.
Additionally, there’s a wide swath of business that simply don’t have visitors, at least not enough to warrant a true reception area. If that’s you, then don’t sweat having an area dedicated to a function that’s not happening constantly!