If your business’ existing office is a little tired and outdated, the most obvious solution is to refit the space completely. Unfortunately, this “obvious solution” is also easily the most expensive solution, and few businesses can instantly find the funds to complete a thorough overhaul of their internal space.
As a result, many business owners tend to grit their teeth, accept their somewhat outdated surroundings, and hope that they will be able to finance a complete office refit at some point in the future. If you are in this situation, then it can be tempting to think you have no other choice… but is this necessarily the case?
So, here’s the good news: no, there is a third way that allows you to modernize your office without the need for a full refit – and here are three simple ideas that can help you achieve just that.
#1 – Introduce shrubs and greenery
Offices have always included some form of greenery but, until recently, the greenery was provided by employees, in the form of desk plants. Modern offices, however, tend to incorporate natural elements into their overall design, using shrubs and tall, potted plants to create a space that is wonderfully contemporary and instantly improves the space. Furthermore, it’s well worth choosing office plants that are thought to help boost productivity in workers, allowing your business to achieve a two-fold benefit from a single change.
#2 – Add decorative elements
Modern office design is all about style. Offices were once dry, monotone, and – frankly – rather dull spaces, with business owners operating under the belief that decorative elements were an unnecessary expense that did little but detract from their bottom line. Of course, to 21st-century eyes, these bland offices are little more than an eyesore – but thankfully, they are an eyesore that is relatively easily improved. By adding artwork to walls and decorative window film on glass partitions, you’ll be able to enjoy a more contemporary aesthetic quickly and affordably, while also improving visual interest for your employees.
#3 – Focus on furniture
Furniture is one of the elements of office design that is relatively easy to change; pieces can just be removed, rather than needing to be directly removed and replaced as part of a refit. It’s therefore worth updating as much of the furniture as you possibly can in order to achieve a more up-to-date look. You’ll usually find that placing contemporary furniture in an older building is surprisingly effective, transforming what was once tired, old-fashioned into a retro-inspired space that looks deliberate rather than a choice governed by convenience and budget.
A full office refit is expensive, but by implementing the ideas above, you can help to bring the 21st century to any office space – and potentially enjoy a few extra benefits to boot. You may find that these changes actually preclude the need for a full refit in future, saving you a small fortune, but even if you do decide a refit is required at some point, at least you’ll have a more pleasing aesthetic to enjoy in the meantime.