Improving your office can be a daunting task when you have a small budget to work with. Fortunately, there are tons of things you can do to make your office look great, whether you’re decorating an entire building or a small cubicle.
How can I decorate an entire office on a budget?
The larger the space, the more expensive the makeover. That being said, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to make your office building look its best. Try incorporating these budget elements to design a space that inspires.
Wall art can breathe life into otherwise bland walls. Not only is there a huge selection of artwork available to match the aesthetic you’re going for, but they also vary in price to meet just about every budget. Try adding a single large canvas to a big, blank wall or create a stunning gallery wall by using multiple smaller prints bunched together. Either way, you’re going to grab the attention of employees and guests as they walk by.
Area rugs and accent pillows make great statement pieces in a waiting area, and they cost a lot less than buying entirely new furniture. This type of décor is also ideal for bringing in a pop of color into an otherwise neutral space.
Less is more, so be sure to incorporate your décor only where necessary. Not only will limiting the amount of décor in your office prevent the space from looking cluttered, but it will also save you hundreds of dollars by preventing you from overspending on your design elements. Remember, not every wall needs artwork on it, and the occasional blank space can help make a room look bigger.
Mixing and matching your lighting can also help you save money and create that visual balance you want in your office. You don’t need fancy chandeliers and funky uplighting in every corner of the building. Instead, go with an inexpensive light source such as fluorescent lighting for most of the office and then accent that with floor lamps and pendant lighting here and there for visual interest. Mixing and matching your lighting can also help you save money and create that visual balance you want in your office. You don’t need fancy chandeliers and funky uplighting in every corner of the building. Instead, go with an inexpensive light source such as fluorescent lighting for most of the office and then accent that with floor lamps and pendant lighting here and there for visual interest.
Rearrange your furniture in the right way to drastically improve the flow of the space. The greatest thing about rearranging your office furniture is that it’s totally free! You already have the furniture, so simply moving it around is a great way to enhance the look of the room and switch things up a little. Be sure to keep entryways clear and be conscious of the flow of traffic when selecting your arrangement. Also take into consideration where the natural lighting is coming from in your office and arrange furniture in a way that will provide employees with access to that beneficial light source.
How can I decorate my cubicle on a budget?
An entire office redecorating is one thing, but what can you do with your own personal budget to make your workspace look a little more like home? Start here.
Keep it clean to make your space feel bigger and more open. Keeping your desk free from clutter will not only make it more visually appealing, but it will also help your productivity since messy desks are often associated with higher levels of stress and a decrease in work productivity. Best of all, organizing your desk once a day or once a week is a more than affordable option considering it doesn’t cost any cash at all.
Bring the outside in for an affordable way to get in touch with Mother Nature on the job. Whether they’re real or artificial, office plants can be purchased on the cheap, and the benefits they provide can’t be beat. Studies have shown that incorporating greenery and natural elements in your workspace via live plants, faux plants or even photographs of plants can boost your mood and increase productivity at the same time. That means good things for you, for your work and for your wallet!
Add a personal touch to your workspace to make it feel more like home. Bringing in décor elements such as family photos, knick knacks and your favorite books will remind you of the important things in life and will make you feel happier as you sit at your desk. Plus, these are items you usually already have at home, so they’ll be inexpensive or completely free!
Binder clips have hidden talents that can work wonders when it comes to the organization of your space. Use these cheap office supplies as a phone stand or as cord management to create a better workspace that you can enjoy. Watch our 30 second office tip below to learn how!
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