Following the same old design themes and regional makeover trends is sure to leave your office looking just like the competition. That being said, if you're planning on an office makeover project in 2016, dare to be different! Step outside the box and let your individual personality shine. Today on the Office Anything Blog, we'll teach you 5 great ways to do just that.
All good office makeover projects start with proper space planning and a little bit of inspiration. Start by removing your old furniture. Next, patch any unsightly wall marks and paint your office a cool color. This year, grays and cobalt blue tones have been super popular.
You'll also want to obtain the perimeter dimensions of your office interior. Take note of all entry ways, power outlets, and windows that will affect the way your new products fit. Rest assured, theres nothing worse that ordering new furniture, only to find that it doesn't properly fit.
Before rushing out to purchase new office furniture for the home or business, get a little inspiration! As you'll want your office to be unique and personalized, find inspiration from a variety of sources. Start by browsing social charing sites like Instagram and Pinterest. Then take your search to a local furniture showroom. You'll be equipped with lot's of awesome ideas in no time! Don't be afraid to take notes to keep track of all your office enhancement strategies.
2.) Use A Cool Finish
Think outside the realm of traditional furniture finishes. Dare to be different with your makeover project by selecting something other than cherry, maple, or mahogany. This year, gray and white wood grain tones have been the preferred choice of interior design teams. Furniture collections like Zira from Global Total Office and Medina from Mayline are available in attractive gray finish options that will wow your valued visitors.
3.) Select Colorful Office Chairs
Show your personality with a colorful office chair that compliments your furniture. If you go with light wood office furniture, select a dark chair. If you choose dark wood furniture, go with a light chair. Black and navy blue pair well with white and gray furnishings. White and light tan go well with espresso and dark cherry tones. If you really want to step outside the box, go with a custom upholstery option. Solid fabric and leather colors are cool, but designer upholstery options with patterns really stand out. Brands like RFM Preferred Seating, Eurotech Seating, and Global Total Office specialize in the provision of made to order office chairs that can be spec'd in a seemingly limitless array of custom upholstery patterns.
4.) Power Up Your Interiors
It's time to start expecting more out of your office furniture. These days, powered tables and workstations are becoming the industry standard. Powered conference room tables and open desking layouts help streamline the workday by improving operational functionality.
Take the guest waiting experience to a whole new level with powered lounge and lobby furniture. Seating collections like the Morph and Serenity from OFM allow visitors to plug and play while they wait. Let's be honest. Waiting for appointments is never fun. With a powered lounge chair and sofa, your guests will quickly forget about the time spent in the lobby. Think outside the realm of traditional lounge and reception seating. Dare to be different with high tech powered furniture.
5.) Incorporate Industrial Accents
Last but certainly not least, no well rounded office interior is complete without the addition of cool accents that make the space pop. Sure you could go with those motivational kitten posters seen in the dentist and guidance office. You could opt for a few potted plants too! Or, you could dare to be different. Spend a Saturday visiting a swap meet, thrift store, or antique shop. Be on the lookout for unique industrial accents that will compliment your interior. Metal lighting fixtures and wall sconces will really pull your interior together. The best part is, you don't have to add all your accents at one time. You can build your office vibe over time. When you go on vacation, keep your eyes open for pieces that will up your corporate wow factor.