6 Tricks to Design a Cool Office on the Low-cost

6 Tricks to Design a Cool Office on the Low-cost

There’s no need to spend a fortune to make your company’s space impressive to visitors and inviting for your team.

In your personal life, you probably don’t doubt that your physical environment impacts your mood. Just think about how a messy house can get you down or a walk in a pretty natural landscape can calm you. In life, we routinely change location to affect our moods.

Why wouldn’t the same be true of your office? Think about things in this light and you can probably see that your drab surroundings aren’t doing anything for your team’s happiness, creativity, or productivity, but then you put your sensible business owner hat back on and start counting up the costs of a remodel.

Is souping up your office worth the outlay it takes to create a warm, inviting space that inspires your employees and impresses your visitors? That very much depends on the approach you take to your office overhaul. It’s entirely impossible to pimp your workspace without spending a fortune, according to a slew of experts. Here are some of their best tips.

1. Invest in air freshener

When you’re fixing up your office it’s natural to obsess about how things look, but don’t neglect another important sense–changing how your office smells can also make it a much nicer place to be at basically no cost.

2. Accent with the personal or quirky

A feature wall with your company logo is one place to start, or “mix in some vintage touches, a kitschy accessory, an antique, or something handmade,”

3. Trade-in your corporate art

“Search online and download a digital photo with the appropriate Creative Commons license. Make it your own by cropping, zooming, or adding custom effects,” says Waits, or “enlarge and print a favorite poem, quote, or excerpt from a book. Matted and framed, it can become an unexpected and unique art piece.” Just don’t skimp on size–at least one or two truly big pieces will anchor your office, he advises.

4. An alternative to the whiteboard

Looking for an even larger decorative touch to give your space a particular character? Waits have another idea. “We’ve all seen chalkboard spray paint used in kitchens and kids’ rooms, but what about your office? A chalkboard is a quick way to take note when you’re on the phone and it’s more stylish than a startlingly white whiteboard,” he suggests.

6. Do you want that reception space?

“Doing away with reception areas is a trend we’re more and more seeing,” notes Booth. “If you’ve got clients coming in all the time, maybe you need one; if not, is it essential?

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