5 Ways to Give Your Office Space a Fresh New Look
October 12th, 2016
When you are busy at work, it’s easy not to worry too much about what your office space looks like. However, there is plenty of evidence that mood and productivity are affected by our surroundings. Basepoint centres offer a wide range of fully serviced office space, with units of different sizes ranging from small studios to flexible space and workshops.
Whichever type of unit you choose, there is plenty of scope to furnish it so that it fits the personality of your business. A big bonus for companies based at our affordable office centres is that staff also have access to communal areas, including versatile break-out facilities with wi-fi, coffee and drinks machines, in bright, light and modern buildings. These areas have a colourful, lively feel which provides a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere.
Here, we look at some of the simple steps which can enhance the look and feel of an office. Freshening up the look of your workspace can boost creativity and help to make staff happier and more motivated, and it doesn’t need to cost a fortune.
- Splash of Colour – Opting for a bright feature wall, for instance in teal blue or green, can create a striking contrast with surrounding white paintwork and help to give a funky feel to a small or medium-sized office. It is possible to have a wall painted in a colour of your choice within a Basepoint office if you arrange this with staff. Alternatively, you could put up paintings, prints or framed artwork to add interest and brighten up your office walls. For instance, if your company specialises in design, you may want to display key examples of your own work and impress visiting clients.
- Taste of the Outdoors – It’s increasingly recognised that plants and greenery in offices can enhance mood and atmosphere and promote better staff health. For all these reasons, it is a great idea to add some well-chosen plants to a small office design. The ideal is to choose plants which won’t need a lot of looking after and will carry on looking good. The weeping fig, or Ficus benjamina, is one popular choice because it retains its shape particularly well. Others include Kentia palms, money or ‘Jade’ plants, which have thick and glossy green leaves, and various different types of cacti. Just remember to water and feed them as necessary!
- Changing Desk Layouts – Older desks may take up more space than is needed, if they were built to take heavy old-fashioned computers and monitors rather than the smaller, space-saving models which have now replaced them. If you buy more modern desks, a number of different desk layouts are possible in a smaller office. These can include having a longer desk in the centre of the room including a number of workstations, or putting desks in pairs to create islands. Smaller chairs will also help to make the most of space and many of these are very comfortable. Moveable desks on castors are increasingly popular in smaller offices, because they make it easier to reconfigure the space as needed.
- Avoiding Clutter and Improving Storage – To make a small office feel more spacious, it’s important to avoid clutter building up, and this means having enough storage. Modern office furniture can include many clever options for storage solutions, such as shelf units and desks with space to tuck cables away. The “paperless office” we were all promised some years ago may not have arrived just yet. But avoiding unnecessary printing can still help to prevent a build-up of unneeded paperwork which will only need to be shredded.
- Shedding Some Light: Another way to create a greater sense of space is to ensure offices are well-lit, and avoid creating dark corners. This is key to keeping staff engaged and motivated and can also boost productivity. Basepoint’s offices are well-lit and also have large windows to make maximum use of light from outside. Light wall coverings can also help to reflect light within your company’s office.
Basepoint offers fully serviced office space in many areas of the country including Shoreham, Eastcote, Swindon, Ipswich and Luton. We keep our business centres constantly updated, for instance by refitting reception and breakout areas so they encourage people to linger.
If you take up office space in one of our centres, you can check with the management team about what changes you can make to your individual office. You can also benefit from use of the communal areas, as well as renting serviced meeting rooms.
Fully Serviced Office Space – Follow the link for more information on Basepoint’s range of managed offices to rent and the services you can benefit from as a licensee.