Moving into a new office building? Giving your corporate space a makeover? Although rehabilitating your office interior can be tons of fun, be careful that you don’t fall victim to one of these common design mistakes.

Measuring Inaccurately

Before jumping into the office design process, properly measure your space to ensure that you get the right furniture and décor. Measure to make sure that your new furniture will fit in your office and that it will fit through your door. 

If you’re working from a small home office, a large, fully assembled executive desk may not be the best option. On the other hand, if you’re working in a large executive space and fill it with short bookcases, a compact desk, and small wall art, you’ll make the room look out of proportion. Be sure to also measure walkways so you know you’ll be able to walk around your workspace freely once all of your new furniture is set up and ready to use.

Ignoring Lighting

The lighting in your office will greatly affect your mood and, thus, your productivity and level of focus. Because natural light is the best light, try to place your desk near a window so you can reap the benefits of the sun during daylight hours. When it comes to artificial light, just be sure your work area is well illuminated so you aren’t straining to read paperwork.

Picking the Wrong Color Scheme

In design, color is everything. Avoid super-bright tones, as they will make your eyes sore by the end of the work day. Blue is the most productive color, but neutrals with just a pop of your favorite color are always a good choice. Make your color choices interesting without being too intense and calming without being too dull. 

Taking on More Than You Can Handle

When it comes to your office renovation, don’t bite off more than you can chew. You may want the dream office you saw on HGTV last week, but taking on a huge project without the proper skills and tools can lead to serious disappointment. If you don’t know your limitations from the beginning, you will likely take shortcuts to get the job done; the finished product will leave a lot to be desired. 

Setting an Unrealistic Budget

Along with knowing your physical limitations for your office rehab project, be sure your finances are in order before pulling out your credit card. Between the furniture, carpeting, décor, and unexpected renovation needs, revamping a home or corporate office be a burden on your budget. Decide how much money you can allocate to each element of your renovation before you begin purchasing products and supplies to ensure that you don’t go overboard. Remember, no matter how well you plan out your renovation, unexpected costs will almost always pop up. Be sure to set aside a little extra cash for just such needs.


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