Office Decoration – Guide to Colours, Flooring, Window Treatments, Furniture and Accessories
Getting the decoration of your office or business premises right requires carefully thought and planning. Research has shown that a pleasing, attractive office space helps to retain staff, boost morale and achieve greater levels of productivity. It will also help to create that all-important positive impression to visiting clients and prospects, which can give your company the edge in today’s competitive market.
When planning your office decoration there are five main things to consider. These are the colour scheme, flooring, window treatments, furniture and office accessories to pull your design together.
When choosing the colour scheme for your office walls, try and pick a colour that reflects the style of your business. Conservative, traditional businesses such as accountancy firms, solicitors or financial advisors need to create a professional and reliable image. So neutral colours such as white, cream, beige or light green are all good choices.
More creative businesses such as design agencies, advertising companies or pr firms can be more adventurous in their surroundings and use bright, bold accent walls to stimulate and inspire.
It can also work well to design an office colour scheme around the company colours. This has been shown to improve staff integration and teamwork and reduce staff turnover.
Adding new flooring to your office will make a huge impressionable difference and instantly smarten up your workspace. There is a wide range of flooring options available including carpet, laminate and vinyl, which vary in price, durability and appearance.
If carpet is chosen, a hardwearing design in a reasonably dark colour is the most cost effective option. Choose one that can withstand everyday wear and tear including tea and coffee stains.
Vinyl floor covering is another good choice as it is easy to keep clean, hardwearing and practical. It comes in a wide range of colours and so can complement wall colours or company branding.
Laminate flooring looks very attractive and can create a modern contemporary look. It is extremely hardwearing and much less likely to scratch than real wood floors.
Replacing tired window coverings should not be forgotten in a redesign. Blinds or shutters are excellent choices to enable as much natural light to enter the room as possible, whilst screening out glare. Venetian blinds, made from wood or aluminium are an excellent choice of window treatment. They are both stylish and durable and can be adjusted to control the level of light coming into your office and create privacy when needed.
Choosing new office furniture is something that requires careful planning in order to maximise the comfort and happiness of your employees as well as making the best use of the space you have available.
In the planning stage it is important to consider the legroom of the people who will be sitting there all day and ensure there is enough room for them to work comfortably, move easily between desks and make a safe exit in an emergency situation.
No office decoration is complete without a few finishing touches. Adding plants, artwork or flowers to the room will provide a friendly, personal touch that feels good to work in.
Choose your artwork carefully to ensure people feel positive when they look at it. Up-lifting natural scenes work well and have been shown to reduce stress levels. Company success literature is another good choice to hang on the walls of your office. This can help to motivate staff and impress visitors to the building. For a modern, contemporary look, choose abstract paintings in bright clean colours as these will uplift and inspire.
About GDL Interiors
GDL Interiors specialise in office decoration, office partitioning, space planning and design. Whatever your size of project, we can help you maximise the effectiveness of your office interior, and will deliver your office refurbishment on time and in budget. Based in Essex, we work locally, in London and throughout the UK.
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