Most offices that you walk into are all pretty ordinary-looking. By that, I mean they have plain white walls, desks made out of MDF with special vinyl coverings to make them look like pine or oak, and many have those trademark black ‘ergonomic’ office chairs.
Although a lot of business owners don’t particularly care about the decor of an office, as long as it promotes a professional appearance of the firm to people, you might be surprised to learn that working in some environments can significantly impede productivity, especially if the firm concerned is a creative one.
Admittedly, you might not be allowed to change the look of an office if your lease agreement with your landlord stipulates this, but in many buildings (especially older ones) landlords don’t care much about the aesthetics of your office, as long as you make it look ‘standard’ before you vacate the premises.
You can certainly get away with doing virtually what you want to the look and feel of your office if you own the building yourself, within reason, so if you are thinking of revamping your working environment in an effort to make your office a fun and more creative area, you are limited only by your imagination – and budget!
So, on that note, here are some alternative office design ideas to help inspire you into making a unique, one of a kind working environment for you and your employees!
The open warehouse look
Sometimes less is more, and so if you’ve got a big open space to play with then you could consider keeping any aesthetics to a minimum by going for the open warehouse look!
In the photograph above, you can see that the lighting and air conditioning system is exposed (typical offices usually hide these items behind ceiling tiles), and some of the walls and floors are just bare concrete rather than being painted or carpeted.
The natural underground look
In many urban inner city areas, space is often at a premium, and you might have to end up with an office in a basement or some area that doesn’t particularly have any views of anything.
If working in an environment akin to an underground bunker isn’t your thing, but you’ve no choice but to have a base in somewhere without natural light, you could always go for the ‘natural’ underground look.
In this example, there is some really attractive natural wood flooring and desks with ergonomic chairs (although you could obviously go for leather office chairs), and some of the walls have some plants and shrubs growing on them!
You might be concerned that your employees might miss looking at natural light coming through the windows, but you can always buy some nifty Ecozone bulbs which emit a light similar to daylight.
The subway look
If your company works within the rail industry or public transport sector, for example, then how about creating a cool subway look for your offices!
Of course, just because your office resembles the interior of a train carriage doesn’t mean that you have to be working in a related industry! The photograph above is actually part of an office complex for a company called Epic Systems Corporation in the United States.