How does the appearance of your office space make you feel when you arrive at work? For years, business owners designed workspace interiors for function and little else. However, ignoring aesthetics does impact your mood on the clock — and your productivity levels.
Renovating your office to make it more upscale offers multiple benefits. It creates an atmosphere where you feel proud inviting elite clientele. It also improves your mindset and boosts the morale of your staff. When it’s time to upgrade, keep these tips in mind.
1. Pick a Simple Color Scheme
Look at the color schemes of upscale retailers. They’re warm and welcoming, not at all industrial green. However, nor do they look like the interior design equivalent of one of Cyndi Lauper’s 80’s outfits. Think of a simplified color scheme with subtle accents.
2. Upgrade Your Bathrooms
If your restrooms consist of lime-green stalls and harsh overhead fluorescent lights, your guests will take note. Fortunately, simple changes can create a significantly more elite look. Replace traditional bathroom stall doors with full-length wooden models with lavers and elegant hardware. It looks more refined, and it eliminates that pesky eye-contact gap.
Don’t ditch the disposable paper towels for health and hygiene purposes, but add some real decorative cloth versions, too. It isn’t too tricky , but a hand towel with a scalloped wash rag tucked in reminds clients of an upscale hotel.
3. Redo the Lighting
Did you know that flickering fluorescent overhead in susceptible employees and clients alike? That doesn’t bolster productivity or positive relationships. Replace such fixtures with track lighting. This format offers the benefit of letting you direct illumination to the areas that need it most, like work desks.
If possible, let natural light shine by removing window coverings — heavy curtains can harbor allergens, anyway. In general, dimmer lights create an upscale ambiance, so use desk and floor lamps instead of bright overheads where you need extra illumination.
4. Different Spaces for Various Uses
Does your office space resemble a traditional high school classroom with rows of desks? You encourage collaboration as well as quiet work, so make your space reflect these uses.
You can use full-length glass partitions to wall off brainwork areas and open areas with seating arranged for team discussions.
5. Make Things Comfortable
Remember in “A Christmas Carol” how Bob Cratchit had to beg his boss for coal for comfort? Skimping on inferior office furniture screams, “I am Ebenezer Scrooge” to visitors and staff members alike.
6. Keep Sound in Mind
If your office space features ceramic tile or cement floors, the din of heels on the surface can grow to maddening levels. This effect doubles if you have high ceilings to create more of an echo. Consider switching to rubber or cork tiles by several decibels over harder surfaces.
You may discover you leave the office with less of a tension headache once you quiet things down. Plus, think about it — when you go to an upscale restaurant or hotel, does it sound like a rock concert inside? Subdued sound equals elegance.
7. Ditch the Motivational Posters for Nature
Be honest. Has a “Together, Everyone Achieves More” poster ever inspired you to gather the gang for collaboration? Probably not. However, scientific research shows that merely gazing at pictures of nature , so replace that canned motivational wall art for landscapes.
Furthermore, consider adding nature-inspired accent pieces, like easy-to-care-for succulents and water fountains.
8. Consider Aromatherapy
You don’t want to invite clients to indulge in the aroma of microwaved salmon, so consider smell when upgrading your space. Scents like citrus energize the body, boosting brain-power.
9. Add Touches of Personality
Finally, as much as you want your office space upscale, you also need personal touches to make people want to occupy the premises. Add small flairs of personality, such as a house plant, a favorite framed blueprint, or a sand art desk ornament.
Don’t go overboard by wallpapering the place in vacation photos, but a few reminders of that humans, not robots, work there, add a cozy feel.
Create an Upscale, Stylish Modern Office
You don’t have to spend a ton to renovate your office and make it more upscale. Use these tips to create a workspace that welcomes you and your clients.