If the mantra: “There’s simply not the budget for redecoration” is oft quoted within your organisation, this can cause frustration. Employees may become constrained and despondent at the state of the office! So if you’re keen to see a decorative refresh for your office, but the powers that be are holding on tight to those purse strings, read on to discover why a can-do attitude is the way forward.
An office redecoration need not cost the earth. However, there are benefits to a fresh and clean working environment. These can be very real and tangible for a business. Businesses that rely on sales or creative thinking find an increase in productivity from a fresh working environment. So the question should not simply be ‘can we afford an office redecoration’. But rather ‘what’s the balance of cost and productivity’.
Adding elements of greenery are a great and relatively low cost way to make an office environment feel reinvigorated. So if budget is limited, this is a good place to start. Perhaps the ongoing maintenance of plant care is an obstacle? With some great fake greenery out there, you can give your office a natural edge without the ongoing cost. If you do find some extra in your budget, why not consider adding a living wall to your reception area. It’s a great way to give a contemporary feel and create a talking point for visitors and clients.
When a potential client visits your premises, what impression is made by your decorative repair? Both external paintwork and internal office decoration are equally important here. The outcome of pitch meetings can be influenced by how a potential client feels about your working space. This may be that your organisation appears thriving because of your modern and vibrant office. Or alternatively that your organisation shows due care and attention by a well maintained building exterior. Whether subconscious or deliberate, these impressions will affect your business.
A great and creative way to update an office on a budget is to make an office wall interactive. This could be in a social or meeting area. By having a wall painted in good quality whiteboard or blackboard paint, these areas become more innovative. You can use the walls for notices or brainstorming. Therefore the functionality of the wall is increased, and the space can even feel more supportive to creativity.
It may be that a full office refit or redecoration really is cost prohibitive. So consider a longer, slower schedule to your office redecoration. By spreading the cost, your office can be refreshed and modernised without incurring a huge upfront cost. At HL Decorating, we are expert in drawing up schedules that work around the needs of your business. Not only this, our schedules also minimise disruption to your daily activity. By taking it slow, your office space could enjoy a full redecoration without employees even noticing!
How about the long term impact of your redecoration? If you need to make changes to your office infrastructure, it may not be prudent to opt for the cheapest solution. LED lighting can reduce your ongoing utilities costs. How about the properties of your office flooring? Flooring is an often neglected area of office decoration. However, the temperature and acoustic insulation of flooring impacts your office day to day.
There are essentially three solutions to a limited budget when it comes to office decoration. These are to add small details such as greenery. To focus your budget into one element such as lighting, flooring or interactive features. Or to structure your redecoration into a long programme. If you need help and guidance, don’t hesitate to get in touch!