Taking a look at most modern offices, one would recognize that Nigerians have started making efforts to add some glam and sophistication to their office designs. Gone are those days when most offices are just mostly plain and simple with white painted all through or some off white or cream. Now most companies are taking into consideration the importance of hiring a professional Interior Design Company to help them with their work space.
The advantages of a well-designed work environment can’t be emphasized enough. A well designed work space can help boost employee creativity, morale and productivity. Now back to reality, the high inflation rate and the recession in Nigeria has made the price of building and decorative materials to skyrocket.
Most Companies and Business Owners are looking for ways to cut costs and improve their profitability. Here are 8 tips on affordable ways to add glamour to your Office Space.
A good paint job can help add some style and class to an office space. Bright colors can energize employees, while light colors can calm and provoke creativity. There are affordable emulsion paints in the market that still guarantee quality. When applied internally these paint can still retain their durability for a minimum of one to three years before the need for a repaint. It is reasonable to go for really bright colors that will not fade timely and give the look of quality and a well thought office space. Remember your office space should reflect your brand and the services you provide.
Furniture play an important role in every office setting. From providing seating, writing and work arrangement to storage, a carefully planned furniture setting can help kill many birds with one stone. Office Furniture can be branded to match wall Colours or company brand. Not every start up might be able to afford expensive or imported furniture in the interim. HDF or MDF Can be affordable to create cabinets and lockers to store office documents. Locally made furniture can also help achieve quality and affordable objectives.
Alpha Furniture by IDDS Interiors is an affordable, classy and quality furniture line from the stable of IDDS that can help achieve this purpose. Alpha Furniture can be customized and readily made Furniture play an important role in every office setting. From providing seating, writing and work arrangement to storage, a carefully planned furniture setting can help kill many birds with one stone.
Office Furniture can be branded to match wall Colours or company brand. Not every start up might be able to afford expensive or imported furniture in the interim. HDF or MDF Can be affordable to create cabinets and Lockers to store office documents. Locally made furniture can also help achieve quality and available. Old furniture can also be recycled. Welded, Patched, Resprayed or new fabric can be created. If properly done, your furniture would look as good as brand new. Office furniture play a major role on how your brand and company is perceived so avoid cheap knockoffs and non-durable furniture.
Flooring of an office space can be a major challenge for startups who might not be able to afford expensive tiles or Marbles. There are affordable ways to go about getting the proper floor setting for your office space. There are affordable locally made tiles that are not so expensive. Just look for really shiny and glazed ones and get a very good tiler that can play with designs. Once you are through with the whole tiling project it might not cost you as much as you thought. Another affordable alternative is rubber tiles, which are so cheap and outdated but consider you are trying to save cost and survive the harsh economic reality, they can come handy.
There are also affordable carpets and rugs that can be used to cover the floor and give a luxury feel. This last option can be a bit expensive, but it is worth it in the Long run. Wooden Packed Floors are really classy and they ooze quality. And the advantage is it does not require heavy cleaning once it has been polished, all it requires is just sweeping. It will take another three to five years before another polishing.
Lighting can play a major role on the creativity and retention capability of employees. There are affordable LED Bulbs that are really bright. This LED Bulbs are energy savers and can add light to dimly lit spaces. If you cannot afford a chandelier or expensive lightings, you can always make do with LED Lights.
There are really new fanciful and colorful ones that are not so expensive, thanks to our oriental brothers. So get those colorful LED Lights that are multi colored and play with the lightning design on your ceiling, whether it is POP, PVC or a cemented decking, there are various affordable lightening options to choose from.
Modern Interior designers now pay a lot of attention to the ceiling of a project. What finishing you apply to your ceiling can give an impression of class. Interior designers can use stucco on your ceilings but better soup na money kill am. So alternatively you can engage a POP Specialist, but that can also be expensive.
The affordable alternatives include PVC, Screeding the Cemented Decking or Just applying white paint. The latter is the most affordable of all the options, as there are affordable white emulsion paints that will do the work. There are also very nice PVC designs that can be purchased in synchronization with the colour concept or theme to be applied in the office décor.
Pictures and paintings go a long way to adding class and elegance to an office space. There are a lot of affordable paintings made in Nigeria, that are so nice that will just add some sort of class to your office walls. Paintings help boost morale and there is this psychological effect a nice painting has on employee performance.
Another alternative to adding content to office walls, is to buy pictures with motivational quotes and pictures of famous people. There are a lot of affordable ones in the market and better yet one can hire an artiste to customize the paintings. Another alternative is to source the internet for pictures and Print them to size, frame them and clap for yourself, you have made your own customized office picture. Pin boards, or bulletin boards, are not just used for decoration. These are quite useful to set reminders, have important information right in front of you, put up notices, and much more.
Small Companies and growing offices would need to put into consideration for office space demarcations as proper office planning can help reduce the stress of decorating an office space. Proper space management can save a lot of stress and help maximize space. Block walls can be affordable if not covering a large space. The use of glass to make demarcations, office doors and partitioning can be more cost effective, considering you don’t need to paint those areas. Glass also helps to add light and transparency to an office area.
Maintaining real flowers and plants indoors can cost you a lot of time and productivity. Artificial creepers tied along pipes and wires can make them look more presentable and less like neglected objects. Artificial flowers and plants placed around the room are great office design ideas that give a feeling of being close to nature. There are affordable plants like African Violets, Peace Lily, parlor palm, snake plant etc.
In conclusion, when working with an Interior design company, they have the experience and skill set to take into consideration adequate Planning, Budget, Available Resources and Project Timeline and maximize office space. Remember When you hire professional interior designers like IDDS Interiors, we will put comfort and function at the forefront of the office space, without sacrificing style.