Are you looking to update your home office but don’t know where to start? Maybe you are in charge of the work office redesign but you aren’t sure what you need to do or how you want it to look?
Thankfully we have some hints and tips for you. From assessing your budget to deciding what look to go for, we have it all in this article.
Why not grab yourself a pen and paper, get your A-game on and let’s get redesigning your new office!
Firstly, there are a few things that you are going to have to think about before you start planning the design. These are the budget, functionality, and style.
The budget is the most important and therefore we will cover that element first. Once you have a budget, then you need to consider the function of the room and what it needs to achieve or what special considerations you need to make.
Finally comes the fun bit, deciding on the actual style of your new office! Let’s get started.
Things to Consider for A Great Office Decor
Obviously the budget that you have to redesign your office will depend on many factors. If you are redesigning your home office and you are only going to use the room occasionally then you don’t want to spend a fortune.
Alternatively, you might be in charge of redesigning the whole office at work where you host meetings, have clients visit regularly and have up to 100 members of staff working at any one time.
These budget factors will have a big impact on where you need to spend money and where you need to save it.
For example, if you are designing an office where you will be hosting clients and meetings then the lobby, client area, and meeting rooms are going to be where you want to make a big impact and spend the most money.
If you are a small home office and you are spending hours upon hours sitting at your desk, then you are going to want to spend the most money on your chair and ensuring your desk is ergonomically set up for good posture.
Jot down 3 things that you think you need to budget the most money for and have a think about how these three things will have a positive impact on your business (or you personally) in the future.
Let’s take a minute to talk about functionality. When designing an office you need to consider the function of all the items in the office, even down to the brightness of the desk lamps. You may think that a chair is a chair right?
But actually, when you have 10 members of staff all varying in height and weight, you aren’t going to find a chair that fits them all perfectly.
However, you can find a chair that fits into the office décor that allows those members of staff to adjust the height of their chairs so that they can feel more comfortable.
Considering function when placing every item in your office design will mean that you will end up with a design that is going to last and that people will appreciate, not moan that the chairs are all style and no substance.
Yay! Finally the fun bit!
When thinking about the style and décor of your office, you are going to need to take into account what sort of business or image you want to portray. D
o you want people to think you are professional? Or creative? Or maybe you want to ooze high end so that you can justify raising your fees?
Maybe you are after something that is perfectly Instagram worthy (don’t knock it, people make millions of dollars through social media!).
Write down 3 elements that you want your office design to say about you or the company you work for. Look at them and put them into the order of importance.
Once you have this list then you will be able to start thinking about which style will be suitable for your design.
So, what are you looking for? Is it a high-end sophisticated look? Or maybe a hub of creativity?
Let’s look at four of the most popular styles of office decor ideas trending at the moment.
Trending Office Decor Ideas for 2020
Starting with our favorite,
1. Industrial Style
While it may feel like the industrial look has been around for decades, actually it keeps going through a constant evolution that makes it stand out and never tire.
Combining raw materials such as steel and iron with wood to create fabulous interiors and furniture, this design scheme will give an air of style to any office.
The industrial style is particularly well suited to offices whose businesses are in construction or trade services. Architectural firms, interior design offices, real estate offices will all suit the industrial look.
The best thing about this style of office is that it doesn’t have to break the bank. You can get some really reasonable, good value pieces of furniture and décor for less than you think, meaning that you can invest your money into your important areas.
2. Modern Chic Style
Of course, everyone wants a modern chic style office to work in, but not everyone can afford it! If budget isn’t a problem then this style will make you feel warm and fuzzy every time you walk in the room.
From the velvet cushions to the gold effect desk lamps, the modern chic look will make people think that you certainly have style!
The color palette of this style is usually pastel colors mixed with very dark greys, greens, and blues.
Geometric designs feature heavily in this style and you’ll find chrome or gold furniture are the most compatible choice with these colors.
While it’s all about the look, you must remember that functionality is still really important.
There is no point going for lights that fit really well into your modern chic scheme when they aren’t bright enough for task lighting.
Similarly, if you choose desks that look gorgeous but are uncomfortable to work at then you are going to have disgruntled staff members who are going to be less productive in the long run.
3. Fun and Funky Style
Are you a creative business? Maybe you are a creative person and you want that to show in your office décor?
Fun and funky office designs may not seem like the sort of scheme that screams professionalism, but actually it does yell productivity as everyone knows that happy staff makes happy customers!
Think to the likes of Google and Pixar who spend a small fortune making their offices an absolute haven of fun and creativity for their staff to work in and their clients to enjoy.
You can create this same look for very little money. Thinking outside the box and simply changing the décor to bright colors will help to improve the mood of the room and the mood of the people working in it.
Adding accents of fun such as posters, brightly colored feature walls and a corner for “down-time” will all help to create the fun and funky look for very little cost.
4. Homely Style
When you hear homely, you might be thinking of plaid sofas, floral scatter cushions and the faint whiff of your granny’s attic.
In actual fact, the homely style couldn’t be any further from that. Giving your office a homely look can be as simple as changing that harsh lined IKEA desk to a softer real wood alternative, adding plants to corners of the room and putting lampshades on to light fittings.
This style is designed to give you a home from home experience instead of a harsh commercial world that may feel unproductive and, to be honest, a bit of a working prison.
The homely style is very affordable and allows people to customize their own space as well.
By adding a few home touches to each space and by softening the whole space can mean that people feel more comfortable in their workplace and more likely to be on time (we can’t promise this though).
For those redesigning commercial offices, nothing says homely like a redesigned kitchen area.
Putting in comfortable seating, relaxing places for staff to have lunch and little extras like free food will go a long way to making a workplace more homely.
We hope that we have given you some inspiration for your new office design and that you have come away with lots of office décor ideas.
Whether you are investing a lot or a little, it’s important to get it right the first time so that you don’t spend the months ahead rectifying issues that could have been avoided.
Remember to think about what space is for, what it should be achieving and how practical some of your choices are.
Good luck with your new office design and we hope that you achieve a workspace that is not only productive but gorgeous as well!