Refurbishing your office can give it a new lease of life and can increase productivity for your workforce but knowing what to change and how to go about it can be a challenge – not to mention that a refurbishment can be a costly venture. In this guide, we look at some easy methods for refreshing your office without breaking the bank.
Before you add a new lick of paint, which can be an inexpensive way to brighten up an office, it’s important to think about what those colours mean, and which would work best for you and your team.
The colour of your walls can have a big impact on how your employees feel; a study by the University of Texas found that offices that were predominantly grey or beige incited feelings of sadness and depression in staff – especially in women. Interestingly, the study found the same applied to oranges and purples for men. With this in mind, it’s probably worth limiting these shades in your office and focusing on those that have a more positive impact instead.
Natural blue and green hues are a popular choice and can improve efficiency and focus – green is also calming and can help to reduce fatigue. White is great for making a space seem larger, but too much can feel sterile, so use it sparingly. Yellow is a good choice if you’re looking to add a spot of optimism, energy and creativity. Red can be a bold choice, but remember that it has connotations of danger, passion and fire – which may not be what you are hoping to recreate in the workplace.
Refurbishing your office is a good time to consider the lighting; after all, lighting can make a huge difference to the wellbeing and productivity of your staff. Make sure the lighting in your office is sufficient, but also consider the hue – warmer lighting tends to make people feel more relaxed and sleepy whereas cooler lighting encourages concentration and alertness.
Be sure to allow for sufficient natural light in your office too – this can have a big impact on the wellbeing of your workforce.
Ceilings and carpets
While new carpets might be an obvious choice when refurbishing your office, you may not think of refreshing your ceiling tiles, but new ceiling tiles for your office, especially if you’re replacing outdated and discoloured tiles, can be a great way to open up the space and make it feel more modern.
When choosing a carpet, you really want something that will be durable – just think of all those feet and chair wheels it’s going to have to endure! While a lighter colour may help the space to appear bigger, it’s really not going to last long in an office, so choose a darker shade that complements the overall vibe of your refurbished office and choose a type of carpet that fits your needs.
The finishing touches:
Don’t neglect the finishing touches – these can often be the most inexpensive but can really bring an office to life. Adding indoor plants to a workspace has been proven to have a positive impact on employees so this is definitely not one to overlook; dot some foliage around the office to make the space appear more attractive and to lift the mood of your workforce.
Hang artwork and awards on the wall to bring some character to the office and encourage your employees to bring in items that add more personality to their desks.
Author bio: Ceiling Tiles UK is the UK’s leading online distributor of ceiling tiles and associated commercial interior products. They entered the suspended ceilings industry in the late 70’s and have been there ever since!
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