Sprucing up an office does not need to be a terribly expensive task. Often times, small touches are the best way to make an office feel more inviting.
So whether you are looking to make your employees feel more comfortable in the office or you want to impress visiting clients, we’ve put together 10 great ways that you can spruce up your office décor and furniture.
A Fresh Coat of Paint
Lots of offices have walls that suck the life out of employees. A fresh coat of paint might be the thing to help spruce up the office.
And there’s no reason to stick with traditional white or gray walls. Color can help promote productivity. Blue is a great color for companies where employees are busy with precise thinking tasks, but if you want to spark creativity, yellow or orange might do the trick. A combination of colors could not only give a more pleasant atmosphere to your office but might also spur your employees to achieve higher levels of productivity.
How about adding some potted plants to your office?
We recommend finding plants that are easily maintained and hardy – just in case someone forgets to water them on Friday. But real plants can be a great way to add some color and freshness to make your office feel more cozy.
Buy a Picasso
Adding art to your office walls, or changing out the art you might already have, is another way you can spruce up the office. We might all like to have an original Picasso hanging in our office, but if you are on a budget there is a cheaper way to get good art.
Posters of famous pieces of art are readily available and poster frames are inexpensive. Having a theme to the artwork is a good idea so that it doesn’t all look like a mish-mash of artists and styles, but inexpensive art can go a long way toward improving the atmosphere in an office.
If your employees are sitting in the same old chairs at the same old desks year after year, it might be time to think about buying new office furniture. If you have not bought office furniture in a long time, you might be surprised at how style and comfort has changed, and some of the new trends in office décor can really invigorate an office and make it feel brand new.
If your budget doesn’t allow you to make a big splash with brand new furniture throughout your office, you can also look into options that would allow you to rent furniture.
If you’re on a budget, you might look into buying used office furniture. Often, you will find that new styles and almost-new furniture are available at used-furniture prices. Used office furniture is a great way to give your office a brand new feel without having to go outside your budget to get the furniture you want.
Focus on the Small Spaces
Maybe your budget doesn’t allow you to completely makeover your entire office. In that case, you might want to focus your energy on small spaces. Maybe it’s a break room or a lobby or a conference room that can use the makeover. By focusing on small spaces you can spruce up a room at a time.
Make a Big Change
Many companies are finding that going from office cubicles to shared spaces, desks to work benches, is a great way to breathe new life not only into the office but also into the company.
Open, shared work spaces tend to ignite collaboration among employees. If you’re looking to spruce up your office with new décor, then it might be time for an overhaul not just of where you do work but how you do work.
Add a Rug
Sometimes all it takes to spruce up the office is something new under feet.
If you’ve been using a plain, ordinary rug in your lobby, a new rug with a little more pizazz might brighten the mood of first-time visitors. Sometimes a little touch is all it takes.
Throw a Pillow
Maybe the couch and seats in your breakroom, waiting area or lobby could use a touch of color with a good throw pillow. This is a very affordable way to spruce up your office without spending a lot of money.
Sometimes the best way to spruce up your office is helping your employees clean up their desks.
Maybe filing cabinets or trays or other organizations pieces like pencil holders are all you need to get the desks in your office straightened up and looking good.