As the way people live and work continues to evolve, so too has the idea of smart and stylish office design. But how do you create an inspiring office that helps fuel productivity without going too far into the experimental or having to spend a small fortune to get right? To help you make the best of the office space you have to work with, here’s a few sage ideas from the wisdom of the commercial interior designers experts at firm Décor Aid.
GO FOR COMFORT AND THE FAMILIAR
It might sound like a far off leap, but since more people are freelancing from home these days, creating a comforting home away from home to work in can be endlessly inspiring. Instead of going for upright and rigid furnishings, opt for softer, plusher pieces that forgo formality for the more personal. Which in turn, will be sure to boost productivity while helping you create a truly unique work environment that they’ll look forward to coming to every day.
GO FOR AMPLE STORAGE
Thanks to minimalism, you can easily find and introduce attractive storage solutions in your office that are smart and beneficial to your every day. From stylized document holders to floating shelves that make the best use of vertical dead space, you’ll have an easier time keeping your work zone better organized and you’ll be able to find and store what you need with ease.
BRING IN PLANTS
It should go without saying that there are plenty of benefits to having plants in any space, even your office. Besides affordably adding needed color and texture in small doses while uplifting spirits, plants are also great for purifying the air around them. Plus, there are scores of plants available that don’t require a ton of care, maintenance, and light to help them thrive.
Before the millennium, office spaces were often cold and clinical. But by going for a rich mix of layers via texture, prints, color, and even furnishings, you’ll create a warmer, more inviting look that anyone will enjoy working in.
DON’T SKIP OUT ON COLOUR
After all, who wants to work in a lifeless space? Define your office space with shots of striking colour to keep spirits and inspiration up. Just be sure that the colour you do bring in is not distracting or too emotional as you’ll want to work with it, not around it.
CREATE A MIX OF THE OLD AND THE NEW
For a more authentic feel, create a layered look with both new and old furnishings as older pieces often boast better quality and are more full of personality. But you don’t want your office space to appear too vintage, so pepper the space with modern elements.
Long gone are the days of generic abstract office prints as bold and graphic patterns feel more timeless and energizing. When going for graphic prints, stick to a color scheme limited to no more than three colors to keep the eye focused and the look consistent.
KEEP IT SLIM AND SLEEK
If you’re working with a small space or one demarcated by cubicles, a slim and sleek feel will help you keep your office space tidier and better organized on a daily basis. Go for the feel of an art gallery with uninterrupted lines and a tonal color scheme. By doing so, the look will feel less complicated and visually noisy.