We spend many long hours in our offices, and it is important to be able to work in a calm, relaxing, and functional office. General interior design ideas can also be applied for offices, but there are a few more things to consider. In offices, functionality is much more important than in most other rooms.
The color of the walls is an important aspect that will determine how you feel in that office. Choose a neutral or light color that will open up the small office area. You can add some extra color and design by using decorative borders. Remember that dark colors make rooms look smaller and reflect less light. You can use a color wheel to find a color that best matches the furniture in your office.
Choosing office furniture is also another difficult task. Office furniture should look good, match the work place, serve the best functionality and add some style. The desks and chairs you use should match each other. If you match the furniture you use, and if you use colors that are close and complementing, your office will look larger. Be careful not to add too many small pieces, which will give a cluttered effect and a smaller look.
In order to use the floor space efficiently, find desks with lots of storage space and large drawers. Any extra function that provides space to keep your office equipment helps you keep the place nice and clear. Select desks with pull-out keyboard units, find high but narrow shelf units to save space in your office.
Use lighting that does not use the office floor space. Lighting can be provided from the ceiling, or from the window. If you get the chance to choose your own office, prefer one that has larger windows and that can let the natural light inside. Check the natural light in the office at different hours of the day. If there is too much sunshine, it might be difficult to work, especially if it is reflecting directly on you computer monitor.
Accessories and small office equipment is also an important aspect. Keep things small, and practical. This doesn’t mean giving up on the functionality. For instance, instead of using a fax machine, a scanner and a printer separately, you can choose to buy a single machine that provides everything. Multifunctional machines will occupy less space, and they will also keep you from dealing with too many cables. Instead of using three different paper racks, select a single rack with multiple compartments. As long as you keep things simpler, the better and wider your office will appear.