Furnishing your office may be an exciting task, but it can also be particularly overwhelming. Some may even see it as expensive. However, decorating and furnishing your office doesn't have to break the bank. With a few tricks, you will have a very eye-appealing, well-designed office.
1. Combine the New with the Used.
If you can't afford all new furniture, consider purchasing some new furniture and adding it in with some of your existing furniture. If you don't have old furniture from a previous office setting, you can head out to the flea market or look online for some really good deals on used furniture.
2. Refinish the Existing or Recently-Purchased Used Furniture.
For the used pieces that you have or now have from your recent purchase, you can give them a much-needed facelift. This makes it easier for these older, used pieces to fit in with your newer, and likely more modern, pieces. Splash a new coat of paint or stain on it and you'll be surprised at just how amazing the used furniture can look and blend in with the entire space.
3. Let the Light Shine Down.
You definitely need to have some task lighting and possibly even a pendant feature in the conference room. However, you also need to allow some natural light inside. This can help give the space a more open, spacious feel. It can even make it look newer and updated, even if it isn't.
4. Incorporate Some Ground Covering.
If you have concrete floors, you could opt to paint or stain them. While this is a cost-effective solution, you may not necessarily have the time to do this. After all, you'll have to not only apply the paint or stain to the floor, but you'll also have to wait for it to dry. Therefore, you may want to consider finding some trendy carpet tiles or area rugs to throw down and liven up the office a bit. It can help bring texture and color to the overall space without taking a lot of your time.
5. Don't Forget the Art.
When you think of buying art, you probably think of having to spend hundreds of or even thousands of dollars. However, you don't need a Picasso in your office in order to make it look great. All you really need to do is search for some artistic pieces that are bright, colorful and thought provoking. These can be images, or they can be words. The art can really help bring the entire design all together, so it is important not to overlook this part of the design process.
When you are on a tight budget, the design of your office does not have to suffer. It just takes a little imagination and effort to find the items that you need to create a well-designed, inviting and comfortable office space.