Renting or owning an old office doesn’t have to be a bad thing, you’re likely to be paying less for it or you’ll be in a prime location for your trade. But if you’re having trouble appreciating the older environment, there are a few simple tips that can make an old office look and feel modern. Here’s a look at 4 ideas to change the office into a positive modern environment staff love to me in.
If the office has several rooms that aren’t that necessary, knocking the walls down (if possible) to create an open space for everyone to work together can completely change the dynamic of the office. Senior management becomes easily approachable and being able to chat with colleagues in an open environment also encourages a good work ethic.
Adding more natural light to an open office also helps employee’s day to day work. Being in a dingy small office doesn’t offer the same atmosphere and the bigger offices that have intentionally opened themselves up for the staff.
Add Some Life and Character
Adding character to an office can be a difficult task, but starting with some real plants is a great start. It’s proven that working spaces with plants offer a soothing atmosphere and not only that, but if the office is looking a little grey, adding some colour can really help!
The character of the office all depends on what you want the office ethic to be like, adding a lounge area with a TV, games console and a gaming area can give staff a hub to go to during their breaks, somewhere they can zone out to.
Comfort is key for staff and once you have this sorted, looking at modern designer furniture for both the lounge area and office space can help offer to complete space a modern finish. You could also consider adding a kitchen island to the eating area, and adding some luxury bar stools to the space for a designer finish will make staff really appreciate the office as a whole.
It’s an area you can continually improve upon as you change the old office into something new, start with modern desks and office chairs, and from there you can get a little more creative!
Walls and Flooring
Industrial grey carpets seem to be the office standard in most older buildings, so the first port of call is to update the flooring to something wooden or lightly to help the space look bigger.
The same goes for the walls, opting for a light colour and adding some office appropriate graphics to the walls can help open up the space with a professional edge just in case you have visitors.