If you’re running a small business, you’ll want to ensure your work environment is inviting and that the design helps to promote productive and healthy working practices. The design you put in place will have a big impact on all of those things, so there’s never been a better time to make some changes.

We’re going to talk today about some of the things you can do to create a more inviting work environment in your office. A lot of these tips and ideas can also be applied to home offices settings as well though. Read on now to find out more.

Organise the clutter

First of all, you should think about the things that are making your office space feel less appealing and inviting than it should feel. In many cases, that all comes down to clutter. When there are papers and files overflowing from every desk, it makes the space look cluttered and unwelcoming. So try to stick to a digital first approach and bring a bit more order and organization to your clutter. It’ll make a big difference.

Give Employees Control Over Their Space

If you have a team of people working away in your office, you should think about giving them a bit more control over their individual workspaces. That way, they’ll be able to tailor their desk area in a way that works for them. You can’t know for sure what kind of setup is going to lead to the most productive outcomes for each individual staff member. So it definitely makes sense to give them a greater say in things.

Make Use of Custom Artwork

The space will immediately look and feel more inviting when you make use of custom artwork. Having some art on the wall helps to brighten the place up and make it feel more welcoming than it otherwise might. It’s certainly something worth considering if your walls are currently rather bland and empty. People tend to work better and more productively when they’re in a fun and visually appealing environment. The right artwork can help create that kind of setting.

Large, airy and bright open plan co-working office interior
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Add Conversational Furniture

Adding some conversational furniture can also help to make a difference. When we talk about conversational furniture, we mean furniture that encourages social engagement. Giving people the space they need to discuss work, take a break or hold informal meetings with one another or with clients can be very helpful. You don’t want every form of interaction and engagement to be very formal or desk-based because that’s not what each conversation needs to be about.

Let in More Natural Light

Letting more natural light into your space is definitely a good idea. One of the things that makes it difficult to create an inviting space that’s enjoyable to work in is a lack of light. When the space feels dark and dingy, it’s not what anyone wants. So think about how you can start letting a little more natural light into your space. You might, for example, want to install Mardome Trade rooflights in the ceiling. More windows and bigger windows are the easiest solution.

Use Colour to Enliven the Space

Add colour to a workspace for inspiration and interior detail
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Colour is another important factor when you’re looking to create a more inviting space. If the colour palette throughout the office is too bland and basic, it’ll only drain the life out of the space and the work that goes on in it. So be sure to think about how you can add a little more life to the space through your use of colour. You can do that with the walls or even the furniture that you choose; it’s up to you.

Ensure Some Rooms Are Designed with Interactivity in Mind

Finally, you should try to make sure that the different rooms and spaces inside your work environment are geared towards their intended uses and purposes. For example, some spaces will be more about individual and independent work, while others will need to be designed with interactivity in mind. Make sure that the design suits the way in which the rooms will need to be used by your employees moving forward if at all possible.

If you make the most of the tips and ideas we’ve discussed here, you should be able to make your office environment a lot more inviting and turn it into a generally nicer place in which to work. Of course, you should also remember to address your particular needs through the interior design you create.

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