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, be sure to properly measure your space to ensure that you get the right size furniture and décor. This means not only measuring to make sure that your new furniture will fit in your office, but that it will fit through your door. If you’re working from a small home office, then 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 scale wall art, then you’ll make the room look out of proportion. Be sure to also measure walkways so that 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 set your desk up near a window so that you can reap the benefits of the sun during the daylight hours. When it comes to artificial light, just be sure that your work area is well illuminated so that you aren’t straining to read paperwork.
Picking the wrong color scheme. In design, color is everything. Try to 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 manpower and tools can lead to some serious disappointment. If you don’t know your limitations from the beginning, then you will likely end up taking short-cuts just to get the job done and the finished product will leave a lot to be desired.
Setting up an unrealistic budget. Along with knowing your physical limitations for your office rehab project, be sure to get your finances in order before pulling out your credit card. Between the furniture, the carpeting, the décor and unexpected renovation needs, revamping a home or corporate office can be quite the burden on your budget. Decide how much money you will be able to 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, there will almost always be unexpected costs that will pop up at one time or another. Be sure to set aside a little extra cash for just such needs.