We spend so much time at the office that it’s important that it’s an environment that encourages people to be productive and happy. Neglecting the aesthetics of the workplace can be an overlooked source of major problems, like staff retention and motivation.
That’s why business owners should take seriously office interior design – a well-designed office is a successful office with studies showing that good office interior design improves workplace efficiency and boosts staff morale.
That’s we are sharing 12 of our top office design tips – sure to make your office a joy to work in and help impress clients and customers.
Whether you intend to spend a little or a lot, there is something here for every business to improve the aesthetics of their workplace
1. Consider window tinting
If your office space has large windows or a unique view, you might consider window tinting. This glass treatment decreases energy costs, enhances privacy, and lowers UV light exposure and is a great way to maximize your space.
Plus, you can foster a minimalist design with tinted windows. Bulky curtains and shades that collect dust will no longer be an issue. Your office can enjoy clean lines, with or without window screens, thanks to window tinting.
2. Natural materials are a must
Incorporating natural elements like raw wood, stone, clay, and water can help increase creativity and foster a calm working environment.
These natural materials add depth and texture to any workspace while still maintaining a minimalist aesthetic. So, whether your office has cool or warm tones, there are plenty of natural elements that you can introduce to your workspace to bring some of the outdoors in!
3. Natural light makes everything better
Natural light creates a vibrant and inviting space while providing health benefits such as reducing the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder. Relying less on fluorescent lightbulbs is also good for your health as they have been shown to elicit an elevated stress response.
But don’t just take our word for it – listen to your employees – a survey of 1600 employees by Future Workplace ranked “access to natural light and views of the outdoors” as the number one desire in the workplace.
So take advantage and maximise natural light in your workplace. If you only have small windows you could install mirrors that reflect the light around the room and avoid dark colours which can make the room feel gloomy.
4. Incorporate a basic colour scheme
Choosing a timeless wall colour will allow you to shift other aspects of your space when needed and help you create a consistent and cohesive space.
For example, you can easily add holiday decorations or replace outdated furniture when needed — your natural colour scheme will always remain compatible with surrounding decor elements.
Check out these colours to help spark off some ideas.
5. Choose open shelving
Open shelves are a great way to add interest to otherwise bare walls and can also help with office organization. With visible shelves, employees will have increased motivation to keep their spaces tidy and clutter-free and will find it easier to find what they are looking for.
Open shelving is also aesthetically pleasing and is great for offices where clients and customers will regularly visit.
6. Add interest with unique light fixtures
One way to add flair to an otherwise minimalist space is through lighting. Unique lamps, sconces, or even coloured lights can add depth and emotion to any room.
Try incorporating these unique lights in transitional and collaborative areas — like cafeterias, restrooms, hallways, or waiting spaces.
7. Add plants to every room
To soften the crisp lines of a minimalist office, add plants to your workspace. Green, leafy plants are perfect for every minimalist office. To keep your office plants alive and thriving, be sure to place near large windows and natural light sources.
8. Hang statement pieces on large walls
To fill empty walls, without creating clutter, opt for custom mirrors, large abstract paintings, or black and white photos of your company’s product. These pieces will create a statement while maintaining a minimalist and professional vibe in your commercial workspace.
9. Glass board rooms: perfect for office function and aesthetic
To separate spaces while fostering openness, opt for glass walls. Minimalist offices are saying goodbye to cubicles and opting for glass board rooms and offices helping improve communication and team spirit throughout the workplace.
10. Small furniture has a big impact
Sleek furniture is a key element of a minimalist office. By filling your space with light furniture — think thin desk legs, compact chairs, and short couches — you’ll free up space, making your office feel bigger.
11. Crisp lines
For the ultimate minimalist look, opt for clean lines wherever possible. To do so, find furniture that has flat surfaces and little detail, rather than ornate carvings or moulding.
12. Keep it clean
You can have all the best design and decor elements, but a clean office makes all the difference. Tidiness and cleanliness will add to the openness of your minimalist space, and a clean workplace has been shown to improve concentration and productivity.
Pay attention to your windows and mirrors too! Make sure to clean these areas frequently to avoid fingerprints or smudges.
It’s time to upgrade your workspace
At Action Glass & Aluminium we have been servicing Perth, WA for all its glass, aluminium, glazing and emergency repair needs for over 50 years.
So if you are looking to improve your office decor or renovate your commercial workspace then get in touch today and let us know how we can help.