Office spaces have a reputation for looking very commercialized. Think desks arranged without any privacy under bright fluorescent lights surrounded by blank white walls. Decorating like this is fast and easy, as it requires very little planning, but no one likes it. It’s also bad for productivity.
Fortunately, modern workspaces are beginning to look much different, and yours can too. There are ways to elevate the look of your commercial office space so it’s more beautiful, more comfortable, and more productive.
Slap on a Fresh Coat of Paint
One of the fastest and easiest ways to freshen up your space and make it more modern is to slap on a fresh coat of paint. A commercial painting contractor can professionally apply paint to all the walls in your office in just a day or two. All you have to do is pick the color.
Most office spaces are white. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the color white, but it is a very predictable office color. Consider picking something different.
That doesn’t mean you have to go too bold. Try picking a light shade of a calming color, like blue or green. You can also paint your walls white, but choose a fun color for an accent wall. If you end up hating it, you can always repaint it, making it a low-risk way to play around with the look of your office.
Hang Things on the Walls
Many office walls are bare and bland. No matter what color you choose to paint your space, you can add interest by hanging things on the walls.
You can always hang paintings, but there are other things you can hang too, like:
- Fabric wall hangings
- Decorative mirrors
- Decorated shelves
- Texted wall art, like macramé or beaded designs
- Oversized wall calendar
- Oversized maps
Whatever you decide to put on the wall, make sure that it’s interesting and meaningful. That means skipping the mass-produced art at the big-box store. Instead, you might choose a local artist or hang a map that allows you to mark where all of your clients are located.
Create a Dynamic, Changeable Layout
Offices have a way of looking very commercialized, which makes sense, but almost no one likes it. Instead, workers want more from their workspace. They want community spaces. They want opportunities to work in private spaces. They want a space that looks and feels more residential. That means getting creative with a dynamic, changeable layout.
Flexible furniture is a great way to create a changeable space. Decorate with smaller tables and chairs that can be pushed together when collaborating and then separated for independent work.
Find ways to create more private spaces too. Enclosed pods are increasing in popularity. They can give workers the privacy they need to get independent work done without the need to completely remodel the office.
Include the Comforts of Home
Another way to create a space that feels more residential is to include the comforts of home. Incorporate couches and upholstered chairs into conversation areas, lay rugs on the floor to separate smaller spaces within a larger space, and don’t skimp on decorative pillows.
You should also focus on lighting. LED lights are preferred over fluorescent lighting. Less harsh lighting can even boost productivity.
Natural lighting is always the best option, but if you do need to light your space, choose LED lamps over fluorescent lighting. Not only is the light better on the eyes, but decorative lamps add another layer of design to your space.
Use Real Plants
Plants are a great way to decorate your space. There’s no denying that fake plants are easier to take care of, but it’s worth the effort to add real plants to your office.
Real plants help purify the air. They reduce carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds, and particulate matter while producing oxygen. Plants that smell good can reduce stress and anxiety, and they can even reduce blood pressure.
Choose low-maintenance plants, like succulents, and put them in self-watering containers. You can keep flowers in the office too. Place vases of flowers in community spaces to liven them up and fill the area with a pleasantly fresh scent.
Don’t feel like you have to go all-in on real flowers. You can fill your office with greenery if you’re willing to use both.
Skip the boring, blasé office and create a more welcoming space with the tips on this list. When you do, you’ll notice your workers are more comfortable and productive.
We hope you found this blog post on 5 Ways to Elevate the Look of Your Commercial Office Space useful. Be sure to check out our post on Guide to Choosing a New Office Space for more great tips!
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