Moving into a brand new office can be exciting. Whether it’s an entirely new office space for your company or a new promotion, a new office is a new beginning. Painting an office can be stressful even if it’s only one room. There are many things to consider, from the level of authority you want your office to have, to the style of furniture that will go in the room. Hiring commercial painters will help make the project stress free.
You will likely be spending 40+ hours in your office, and it should be a style and color you enjoy looking at. Trying to concentrate in an office when the walls are painted a gaudy shade of orange will be difficult, so choosing the right color the first time is essential.
Here are 7 things to consider before repainting your office:
Do You Need Permission?:
If you are the owner of your company or the rental space’s lease-holder, you may not need permission to repaint your office. Most employees will need the consent of their superior or the lease-holder to paint the office.
Many small businesses do not own the property they are using and will need to check their lease agreement before granting permission. Once you have ascertained whether you are allowed to repaint your office, you can ask what the process is for getting it done.
Specific Color Choices:
Many companies will offer their employees a range of neutral colors to choose from rather than giving employees total freedom when it comes to repainting. If you have to choose from a specific set of colors, try to imagine the whole room painted in each color. Will they bring life to the room, or make it feel dull and drab.
The color of the room plays a vital role in productivity and can significantly influence your work. If you are limited in color choice, try to avoid shades of white as it can feel clinical and unwelcoming. A pleasant beige or warmer grey tone can bring warmth to the room without feeling overbearing.
Repainting or Redecorating?
The next thing to consider is whether or not you are redecorating the whole room, including replacing furniture or wall decorations. If you choose to redecorate, you have more freedom in color choice because you can choose the new furniture pieces to complement the color of the walls.
Repainting only has limitations because you have to choose something that matches the existing pieces in the room. You wouldn’t want to choose a blue wall with your green sofa. Bring paint samples into your office to look at them next to your furniture. The lighting in the store is likely very different from the lighting in your office.
Hire a Professional:
A professional painter can get your office painted in less time than the average individual. They have invested in the tools that make quick work of the job. Many large companies will have a contract in place with a specific painting company or hire a contractor on a case by case basis.
Small businesses may not be able to afford to hire a company to repaint the whole office building, but many contractors will have pricing by room. Commercial painting professionals are essential for large painting projects because they have experience working in a commercial setting and will get the job done right the first time.
For a Promotion or Rebranding:
In many cases, an office gets repainted because it has a new owner from a shift in titles, or the company is going through a rebranding period. Either of these circumstances provides an opportunity for a fresh start. A new promotion from a cubicle in the middle of the floor to a cubicle with an actual door is an exciting time, and it deserves a celebration.
Companies will also go through periods of rebranding when moving into a new product or trying to expand their markets. This is often accompanied by a remodel or redecorating of the office space to get employees excited about a new direction.
Color theory is a broad topic, but in short, every color on the color wheel evokes a different emotion in the brain. Blue is calming, while red is argumentative. Yellow is associated with happiness, and orange tends to bring hunger to the surface. It may not be everyone’s first choice, but pink walls can have a de-escalation effect and assist in certain situations.
Many common choices for offices include off whites, many shades of beige, and greys. Greys should be used sparingly in the office as they can be associated with a lack of confidence or depression. Brown tends to fade into the background but gives the room added warmth. These neutral colors are best used as background colors to accent a piece of furniture or art.
You most likely do not work in an office building by yourself, so you need to take into account the inconvenience of the other inhabitants of the office as you schedule your painting projects. The fumes could be harmful to your employees, so many professional painters will work on weekends when the office is empty or could work during off-hours in the evenings.
Try your best to work with other employee’s schedules and paint when there isn’t anyone in the office. If you are unable to paint during off-hours and you are repainting a significant portion of the workspace in the building, consider giving your employees a “work from home” day so they can get some extra time at home, and your office can get painted more quickly.
Your New Workplace
Repainting an office does not need to be stressful. Professional commercial painters are here to help. They will transform your office space from drab to fab, where employees can work diligently and enjoy their time at the office.
Use the new wall color as a fresh start and enjoy the process of redecorating the office. If your company allows it, make redecorating the office a company-wide affair where employees can vote on their favorite style or colors. This will make the whole process feel more like a game rather than a tedious project and everyone will love their new workplace.