I have worked in many offices during my career, and the majority of them had very boring and dull designs.
Early in my career I worked at an insurance company. The entire office had light brown walls, and all the conference rooms had dark wood panels. If this wasn’t dull and boring enough, all the tables were dark brown and all the chairs were black. I used to hate to attend meetings in there because the room was so ugly and dull, and the colors made we want to go to sleep. What is really sad however is that there are millions of offices and conference rooms that still look like this today.
If you own a business and are having a hard time getting your employees motivated, the problem might be your office design. This might sound strange, but the office environment your employees work in has a lot to do with their creativity and motivation level. There have actually been surveys that have proven that some of the most successful companies have offices designed in vibrant colors. Some of these include major companies like Foursquare and Yahoo. At both of these offices you will find a lot of vibrant colors and modern interior designs.
If your employees are currently working in a dull and boring looking office, there are some things you can do to make it a little more appealing and vibrant. For starters try painting the walls either a richer color like mango or bright white. A color like mango will give the entire office a much richer and warmer feel. If you choose to paint all the walls white, then make sure you hang some large pictures that feature colorful designs and prints. This combination will definitely give the office a more modern feel and creative vibe.
It is also important to incorporate these type of updates in all your major conference rooms and work station areas. Since these are two areas where employees spend a lot of time, it will be a worthwhile investment.
In terms of updating the furniture, if you can’t afford to pay retail price for new conference tables and chairs, try going to a discount office furniture warehouse or to a second hand store. You can often find office furniture pieces at these places for under $100. Try purchasing tables and chairs with easy to clean surfaces because they will be much more easier and cheaper to maintain.
If you are still in need of ideas on how to make your office look more up to date and vibrant, try visiting the offices of local PR firms and advertising agencies. Both generally have some really cool and vibrant office designs.