Gone are the days when offices were all business right down to the interior design. Who says this space has to be staid and boring? Add an ambiance to your office that looks expensive, but is actually quite affordable. Take a look at five easy and inexpensive interior design ideas for offices.
Offices to Brand your Business
The identity of a business or company is very important to the design. Every company wants to be more memorable than the competition. In order to stand out in the crowd, the interior design of offices has to make a statement. Incorporate the personality of the business into the decorating scheme. Upon entering the reception area of a business, large murals depicting what the business is about are one of the ways of branding your company. For example, if your business is focused on bicycles, a large mural of one of the very first bicycles is a good choice.
Use Natural Light in the Design
Use natural light as much as possible. If your budget is tight, skylights and atriums might not be possible. However, making use of the light from windows, especially tall ones, reduces the need for artificial lighting. Track lighting is also used creatively for accenting the décor in lobbies and reception areas. This lighting is used to draw the eye to collections. For instance, a company that designs art can use track lighting to highlight a collection. The office will project a look that is modern and sophisticated when the right lighting is used.
Open Space Offices
Open space is a trend that is being used more today. Rather than small, cramped rooms with a sterile look, create a large open room using dividers between desks. The dividers can be frosted glass to add a bit of privacy or portable walls can be used. Soft walls are another way of separating work space and they can be twisted into the shape needed. They also provide sound dampening when quiet time is needed. Some companies are actually using tents an small huts to separate office space. What a unique idea and it surely makes an impression on visitors.
Add colors that compliment the furniture and the design of the interior. There are many types of paint available today. Faux finishes and metallic patinas can be created very affordably and they add an expensive look. Another luxurious feel and look includes using black and gold colors. This includes furniture as well as walls, light fixtures and other décor.
Today’s office furniture can range from low tables with floor cushions to sofas and comfortable arm chairs. Many people conduct business from sofas rather than from behind a desk. How about bean bags and a coffee table? This is another option for meeting rooms and work space. Comfort is key when it comes to productive workers. Bring nature indoors with plants, potted trees or even a rock garden. This adds an ultra-modern look to an office.
These are just a few of the ways to add pizzazz to an office. Use your imagination and think ‘out of the box’ to come up with your own unique ideas. Offices today should reflect a creative working space that is welcoming.
Will is a tech geek and loves to learn and write about tech advancements. He specialists in tech for business and enjoys writing for a number of companies in the B2B arena, including printer supplier Concorde.