It’s always interesting to see what people put on the walls of their offices or even what they have on their desks. But do you ever think about your office décor and what it says about your business? And what about your office mates? No matter what limitations you have in terms of redecorating your office space, it is possible to make a personal and professional mark on your space. Here are some things to think about:
Think about colors
Do you want to convey a clean and modern image? Use shades of black and gray for decor.White gives any design a clean look, and other colors stand out best against white. If your office has all-white walls, it can appear be melancholy or too cold. Pantone’s colors for Spring 2015 are “cooler and softer color choices with subtle warm tones,” colors like aquamarine, toasted almond and custard. For an office, these colors make good accents like for picture frames or upholstery.
Think about cleanliness
Obviously, a clean and organized office presents the image of a well-organized entrepreneur and a well-run business. On the other hand, an office so clean it appears sterile can look abandoned or devoid of activity and could scare potential clients off thinking you have no clients. Always add a few human touches, such as plants or framed pictures of your family, friends, or places you’ve visited. If you want clients to stick around, make sure you have a clear spot on your desk for them to take notes and/or room for them to spread material out, as well.
Think about lighting
Are harsh fluorescent lights giving you and clients a headache? Natural sunlight is the best light for an office, but if your office space doesn’t offer that option, try dimming the overheads and testing different desk and floor lamps (with energy-efficient bulbs, of course). They’ll not only let you adjust the lighting to your tastes, but also add your own style to the space.
Think about the walls
Empty walls are deadly dull and uninviting. If your office space doesn’t come with art on the walls, take the time to choose inviting pictures for your walls that reflect the image you want for your business. If you have a graphic design business, for example, display your work. Professional certificates can look nice with the right frames and show your client right away you are experienced and educated. If you’re out of ideas, check wall art boards on Pinterest to see how other people decorate their office space and their ideas.
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