Planing the new office layout yourself instead of getting an interior designer in will most likely save you a considerable amount of money. However, not everybody is born to get involved in this kind of DIY. Some of us are challenged on this subject and really should not venture into the world of DIY. But for those who are able and/or willing to give it a try, the whole project can prove really rewarding. Not only budget-wise but also on a personal level. It can even be used as a team-building exercise when done together with the entire group of staff. Involve your employees in the decision making process and the actual projects and let them get a feel of ownership. This, in turn, will result in people wanting to take care of their working environment to keep it looking spic and span.
There are many levels of office DIY. From just giving the place a deep clean to creating furniture and anything in between. Depending on the state of the current offices and furniture, and the willingness of the people involved, decisions can be made on how far you would like to take this challenge.
New fresh colours
Giving your walls a new colour coat can be a very cost effective way of starting your redecorating project. And by using a one-coat paint you prevent having to spend more time and money on a primer. Besides saving on a primer, you also do not have to apply 2-4 coats to get the same cover. This could be a lengthy process as in between layers you need to let the coats dry too. And on some walls, it would be advisable to use a PVA layer to prevent cracking.
Keep it neat
By putting away unsightly items you can give your office a more professional and efficient look, without spending any money. Put them in drawers, cabinets or even decorative boxes. Don’t forget where you have put them tough.
Pictures and art
If you would like to hang art or pictures on the walls, it might be a good idea to investigate ways that do not involve drilling specific holes. You might change your mind about where to hang things or even about what to hang. So try to use flexible methods that give you the chance to change your mind without having to fill in holes and paint again. Your pieces might possibly be expended from the ceiling. Or you could use a wire display. These are in general some of the most flexible options and you can exchange pieces without any effort. Another option is using hooks with flexible adhesive, which can be taken away without leaving a mark. There are plenty of options.
Besides buying art, you can also rent art. In this way, you do not have to invest heavily in specific pieces. And when you want a new look, you can exchange the piece you have hanging for a different one. This way you can go from contemporary to abstract. And from Art-Deco to more traditional. It is worth the time to see what options are available in your area.
Have a good look around on sites like Pinterest for ideas. And don’t shy away from second-hand furniture. There are a number of sites that offer refurbished second-hand furniture that could well fit into your taste of furniture. These could also give you ideas for treatments to use for your existing furniture. It is not written in stone that you need brand new furniture to make things look good. You might want to repair the furniture that you already have. Or even paint current furniture.
By building in shelves or cupboard you can optimize your space. And create spaces to hide unsightly items like. Or make a feature of for example books or ring binders.
Have you thought of bringing to outdoor in? Adding greenery to your office can also help you make your offices standing out. However, in case you choose life plants, please keep an eye on them. There is nothing worse than walking into someone’s office where the plants have been neglected and have turned into dusty heaps of sadness. If you don’t trust yourself with live plants don’t dismiss the option of fake plants. There are marvellous options available that will be hard to distinguish from real plants.
You would be surprised what a positive effect the right lighting can have on you and your colleagues. For example, using daylight lamps has proven to be beneficial for health and productivity. Lighting can be used to show off the art, the new paint and the new furniture you have just placed in your offices. It can also make the rooms look bigger and brighter. Furthermore, you can draw people’s attention away from things you do not want to show (off).
What can we do for you?
If you are not up for decorating your office yourself or building in furniture, please feel free to contact us to discuss how we can help you spruce up your offices.