If you have established a small business and are moving into your first ever offices, congratulations! This is such an exciting step in your entrepreneurial adventure and should be celebrated. Although you might not own the building where your offices are located, you should be able to do some decorating to make it reflect your company. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed about how you should decorate your offices, here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind.
Show Off Your Business Branding
The first thing you need to think about when choosing your décor for the office is how it will fit in with your business brand. Make sure your company logo is easily visible either on the doors entering your office or on the walls as part of a mural or framed picture. If you have a tagline for your company or a business ethos you want to shout out about, you should have these shown clearly as well. Even the color scheme you choose should work well with the colors of your branding.
Think About Comfort
You and your staff must be comfortable when working at your desks or sitting through meetings, etc. Invest in quality office furniture to help with this if the workspace is not already furnished. Consider the staff break room as well and how pleasant it will be to sit in when people take their lunch or coffee breaks. Cozy couches will always be nice to sit on, but make sure they have a kitchen/dining table set for when they need to eat. Some artwork on the walls in this area would be a great touch, too.
Remember Health and Safety
Although you might be focused more on the aesthetics of your office at first, don’t forget to take into consideration the health and safety regulations of the building. You can’t block exits/entrances in case of emergencies such as a fire, for example. If you’re not sure what the buildings regulations are, speak to the building management team for further information. You should also remember to stock your office with at least one first aid kit in case someone suffers minor injuries. Get wall mounted first aid kits that can be stored away everything you need neatly.
Bring in Plants
Plants can do a lot to brighten up any space, so you should certainly introduce some into your working environment. You can put up hanging pots by the windows around the office and in the break room, or have some larger potted plants in the corners of the room (Kentia palms, Sabre figs, and even olive trees can look amazing indoors). Another great reason to bring more plant life into the office is that studies suggest that they are wonderful for boosting people’s moods and productivity, so why wouldn’t you want them in your office?
Make it Light as Possible
If you have a lot of windows to let in natural light in your office space then that’s fantastic, but if you’re not so lucky, think of other ways you can make the working environment a little brighter. While artificial light isn’t as good, it’s better than having people working in a gloomy office that could strain their eyes as they work and bring down their mood generally.
If you’re unsure how to proceed with decorating your first business offices, use these tips to help you get inspired.