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4 Ways to Make Any Office Space More Impressive

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3083567734_2b00a29550_zCommon sense and numerous marketing studies confirm that clients are typically more receptive with a professional environment. Of course, in business it’s normal to judge a book by its cover, and if a company is operating out of a shabby cubicle centre in a building that looks abandoned it’s not going to be nearly as successful as an identical competitor operating in one of the city’s premier office spaces. Aside from choosing the right location, there are a number of things you can do to make your office more impressive, including but not limited to the following:

1. Consider a Serviced Office Space

The first thing a client will notice before even entering your office space will be the building its located in. For example, London’s serviced offices are some of the finest spaces anywhere in the world, so it’s no wonder that so many successful businesses have established their headquarters there. A serviced office typically includes 24-hour security, professional receptionists, maintained meeting rooms and training facilities, and high-speed internet connectivity.

2. Incorporate HD Imagery

Adding HDTVs, paintings, pictures, infographics, and posters are great ways to spice up an otherwise bland office. Larger screens and art pieces are typically more impressive, so don’t hesitate to invest in a massive flat screen for the lobby – it can really do a lot to keep guests comfortable and entertained while they wait. Multiple TVs may even be necessary if you have a large lobby or office space. However, it’s important to find a balance so that you’re not overwhelming the visitor’s eye as soon as they enter the room.

3. Focus on Furniture and Interior Design

Once you have a location, building, and in-office imagery covered, it’s time to focus on furniture arrangement and interior design. Fortunately, most serviced office spaces will take care of this aspect for you, but if you’re filling an empty space it can be challenging to come up with something from scratch. You can either enlist the assistance of an office design specialist or figure it out yourself after researching and watching videos about office décor and corporate feng shui. Indoor lighting is also an important factor to consider, as it can change the look of the entire room and has been shown to have an effect on mood.

4. Create More Open Space and Install New Flooring

Sometimes overcrowding a space with furniture and accessories can make it seem a lot smaller than it actually is. A great way to make an office look more professional is to declutter a large chunk of floor space and then install new flooring to create a more lobby-esque feel to the entrance. Walking straight into a carpeted room crammed with cubicles gives off a poor impression in comparison to entering an open and airy space with fancy tile, ceramic, laminate, or hardwood flooring.

Put Yourself in the Shoes of a First-Time Visitor

Finally, it can be difficult to look at a place objectively when you’re seeing it every day. Try resetting your opinion of your office and coming back with a fresh outlook as if you’ve never been there before. This will put you in a better position to make out-of-the-box design decisions.

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