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24 April 2019

Making Rented Office Space Your Own – Getting the Most Out of Your Workspace

Making your office space your own

Make Rented Office Space Your Own – Get the Most Out of Your Workspace

If you are a freelancer or business owner investing in your first office space, it's time to get excited! Moving your business out of the bedroom and into premises all of its own adds a degree of legitimacy to your venture – this is your business' first big step into the wider world.

Of course, this is where the hard work truly begins. Whereas before it may have been a side hustle or bedroom project, now it is serious. Now your business has overheads that you need to cover, not to mention the possibility of hiring your own team of staff to drive your company forward.

To truly get the most out of your office space, you need to make it look and feel like your own, regardless of whether it is rented accommodation or not.

Positivity and Productivity

From the moment you walk into your office in the morning, you should feel inspired and motivated for the day ahead - no matter what it brings! This is your opportunity to make your office your own; it may be a workspace, but it definitely doesn't have to be a completely soul-destroying environment.

Just because your office space may be rented, it doesn’t mean that you can't make it your own. Don’t be afraid to seek permission to paint walls or install suitable features if you think it will help you feel more comfortable at work.

 

The Science Behind Colours

If you are looking to add a splash of colour to your office, you may want to take note of the science behind certain colours – especially if you want to champion productivity.

  • Green for productivity – the colour green is linked to broad and creative thought which creates a positive and productive atmosphere.
  • Red for detail – it's likely that you already associate red with danger and warning, but the colour is also perfect for when you require high attention to detail for tasks such as proofreading as we are naturally more vigilant.
         

  • Yellow for decision making – the right shade of yellow allows for a clear head, helping you to make the best decision possible.
  • Blue for creativity – as well as being regarded as a calming colour, blue is well suited to creative tasks such as brainstorming, making the ideal environment in which to bounce ideas around.
        

  • Purple to make a good impression – as purple is usually associated with high quality, the colour does indeed make for a good impression, so you may want to think about utilising this shade in any space where you are likely to hold meetings with potential partners and clients.
         

Personalising Your Rented Office Space

Your office will speak volumes about you and your business and it should fuel that motivational spark! Bright colours and quirky features make for ideal office space, but don't be afraid to get creative with your workspace.

Equally, if your office space is just for you, it's the perfect opportunity to personalise your area to your own tastes. Whether it's framed photographs, cute ornaments or your favourite pot plant, these will all make your office feel like a little piece of home.

The most important thing is that you are comfortable in your rented office space because, after all, this is where you will be spending a large portion of your day. If you aren’t happy in your workspace then something needs to change.

 

Stop, Collaborate and Listen

 

Brainstorm ideas with other members of your team and present ideas - no matter how wacky the idea might be! Everyone will have their own ideas and bringing them together can help to create the ultimate workspace that everyone will love. 

Listening to everyone's ideas will also be a great way to boost morale as everyone will be able to make their own mark on the office. The best businesses are those where employees feel as though they have a say and are listened to by management – it may only be a redecoration, but it sets a precedent as to how the business as a whole is run.

 

Time to Get Personal

 

A fresh coat of paint and full-on renovation works are not the only way to take ownership of your rented office space. Your desk is your own area that you can personalise to your heart’s content (within reason, of course - it might be better to leave some things at home!)

To complement your office, make sure that the desk that you will be primarily based at includes everything you could want and more. Yes, you can opt for the more cost-effective standard desk and chair, but where is the fun in that? If it’s your business, invest in a desk that makes you feel at home and an executive chair that oozes class. After all, if your business has come this far, it’s only right that you treat yourself to some of the finer things in life, right?

Finding the Right Office Space for Your Business

Your office will speak volumes about you and your business and it should fuel that motivational spark! Bright colours and quirky features make for ideal office space, but don't be afraid to get creative with your workspace.

Equally, if your office space is just for you, it's the perfect opportunity to personalise your area to your own tastes. Whether it's framed photographs, cute ornaments or your favourite pot plant, these will all make your office feel like a little piece of home.

The most important thing is that you are comfortable in your rented office space because, after all, this is where you will be spending a large portion of your day. If you aren’t happy in your workspace then something needs to change.

 

Author

Lucy Dearing