It is important to never neglect the needs of an office space. The interior of an office plays an integral role in productivity, wellbeing and motivation. It may be time to take a look at your office space and decide whether action needs to be taken to brighten up the area. While you may not require a complete redesign, you may feel that your office could do with a refresh. We have collated a few simple steps that you can follow, guaranteeing a brighter and fresher office in no time.
Plants are a brilliant way to liven up any office space, adding colour and having the additional benefits or making the air fresher, plants are a highly recommended addition to any office space. Taking care of a plant is also proven to relieve stress and is a great way to improve your wellbeing. If you haven’t got a green thumb, then there’s no need to worry, plants such as cacti and succulents are sturdy and require little assistance to thrive. Consider adding a small plant to each of your employee’s desks, this will be a great way to motivate them whilst simultaneously boosting their morale. This small addition will have a big impact on the office space also, adding colour throughout and freshening up the area.
Art is a trickier change to implement, as everyone’s likes and dislikes vary. It’s also important to find art that does not clash with your existing office space or your branding. We recommend finding minimalist art that compliments the existing colour scheme and is not too large and overwhelming. You’d be surprised at the change some subtle art around the office can make. In addition to this, a nice touch is to have some pictures of the team around the office, this can make your employees feel more valued and appreciated.
Soft furnishings are a great way to make the office space a little bit more personal and cosier. Perhaps add a sofa in a breakout area with lots of cushions to maximise comfort. We also recommend beanbags or stools in these areas as they provide a fun yet functional theme to the breakout space.
We recommend maximising the amount of natural light in your office, as this has a proven effection increasing productivity and morale. We understand however, that this is not always possible, and definitely has its downsides. In summer natural night coming through windows can cause glare on screens and cause discomfort to your employees through excessive heat. To remedy this, try some roller style blinds and focus on the artificial lighting that can be provided. It is important to note that fluorescent lights are not the solution, often causing headaches and causing eye strain. Try opting for lighting which imitates natural sunlight, and repeating this throughout the office to create a light, open and inviting space which motivates those within it.
Storage solutions are a vital part in the running of any office. It is important to keep all office areas tidy and free of clutter to minimise any potential trip hazards. In addition to this, storage can be a huge asset in terms of keeping the office well organised. When thinking of filing cabinets, one would most like conjure an image of a dull, grey style cabinet that would be difficult to fit into any office interior. However, this needn’t be the case. Filing cabinets, as well as office cupboards can be a great way to maximise the efficiency of your storage without compromising on design. Spend some time thinking about the material and styles that would work in your office space. We highly recommend storage solutions such as under desk storage also, by utilising wasted space you are making the most out of space without making the office appear any smaller. If this isn’t quite right for you, then perhaps looking into whether a storage wall might be best for you. Storage walls provide an easy and reliable storage solution with the ability to separate documents and files into differing slots and shelves. They also have the added benefit of being able to store and showcase your new plants and art.
Partitions & Office Pods
If you’re looking for a complete rearrangement of the office without the commitment of a refit or refurb, then partitions and office pods can be a great way to achieve this. Experiment with different variations of the layout, and then decide whether partitions or even office pods are the way to go. Partitions offer privacy between your employees and are a nice way to break up the space. Some, however, believe that partitions can look slightly outdated, so if you’re looking for a more modern solution then we would definitely recommend office pods. Offering a modern privacy solution for meetings without the need to completely refit the office, office pods often come with glass screens to blend with the existing design of the office and create a standout feature that is sure to liven up any office space.
Office furniture is often overlooked when it comes to the design of an office, leading to dull spaces that restrict and minimise creativity and productivity. It is recommended to have similar designs when it comes to desks and office chairs in order to create a cohesive look throughout. Sit-stand desks are a wonderful adaptation that you can make when it comes to livening up the office space. Versatile in use, they can adapt the look of your office space daily, the user simply chooses to sit or stand at the desk by changing the height, creating various levels within the office space which gives the impression of a larger, more modern space. Your employees will love this adaptability, and due to the ability to alter the height, these desks increase accessibility as it allows for wheelchair users to adjust the desk to an appropriate height that they find most comfortable.
Desks aren’t the only change you can make to brighten up an office space, but office chairs can drastically change the layout and look of any office space. With the ability to choose from different styles and colours, you can personalise desk chairs to complement your existing office interior. Make sure to do some research about the different chairs available and choose the type that will best suit your workers. Perhaps take a survey within the office to find out their thoughts on their current chairs, to gain an idea of what they require in a new one. Comfortable, ergonomic chairs that support the user reduce the likelihood of back problems and motivate your workers to work harder; if they are constantly having to readjust their position due to being uncomfortable then they focus less on their current task. Having some brand new, comfortable and stylish chairs will transform the office space into a bright and stylish place to work.
These ideas truly put the fun in functional. If you’re searching for new office furniture for your business, whether this is within your own home or large office space, we aim to cater to all. Providing high-quality office furniture across the country, we have an unrivalled service which is bound to surpass your expectations.
Take the first steps in transforming your office space today. Alternatively, if you can’t find what you’re looking for or you have a specific requirement, please don’t hesitate to contact our team on 0845 0737230 who will be happy to help.