Some businesses have transitioned to a fully remote model. Other businesses, however, need, or strongly want, their employees on-site at least some of the time. Many of these businesses will need to tempt their customers back on-site too. If any of this applies to you, then improving the appeal of your workspace could help a lot. Here are some tips to guide you.
Remember the importance of curb appeal
Your building has some kind of exterior and you need to make it look as attractive as possible. If your property can be accessed from the public street then curb appeal actually serves a safety function too. For example, installing lighting and maintaining paving helps prevent falls. Keeping walls and windows clean helps to discourage graffiti taggers.
Even if your building has private access, it’s still important to take care of your exterior. Put simply, people will generally assume that your exterior is a reasonable guide to your interior. The more appealing it looks, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to tempt people inside.
Make the most of your windows
Even if you’re using your windows for display, try to avoid blocking out the interior view completely. You want people to be able to make the connection between the window and the interior. You also want the interior to look welcoming so that they’re encouraged to step into it.
On similar logic, even if you want to maximize privacy, be careful about blocking out windows completely. This can seem unwelcoming to people outside and claustrophobic to people inside. Generally blocking out part of a window, usually, the bottom half, will give a nice balance between privacy and openness.
Upgrade your lighting
Light really can make a huge difference to how people feel in a space. That’s exactly why businesses like restaurants and spas pay such close attention to it. Of course, in most businesses, safety demands fairly bright lighting. The good news is that LEDs allow you to deliver bright light in a variety of tones. They can also save you money.
Use your walls effectively
In many businesses (as in many homes) walls are used mainly for storage. Realistically, that’s not just understandable, it’s often unavoidable. Nevertheless, it’s worth making the effort to make your walls attractive as well as functional. Keep in mind that they’re going to form a large part of what people see when on your premises.
At the very least, invest in proper, commercial-grade wall coverings, especially in high-traffic areas. Proper commercial-grade wall-coverings are created to be robust, hygienic, and fire-safe. What’s more, you can find attractive options at reasonable prices (e.g. at commercialwalldecor.com).
If you’re using a lot of wall space to hold paper then try digitizing it. You can then either use the wall space to store other items or just give the area a bit more space to breathe. If you must give it over to storage try to use containers that are decorative as well as functional. If possible, give over some space to decorative items especially plants.