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Updated by Rob James on Jul 24, 2013
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How to make your office more inviting

Many of us spend more of our time awake in our office than we do anywhere else, so doesn't it make sense to make it a nice environment to be in? Working in a dull dreary office has been proven to put a major downer on motivation and productivity, so it makes sense that brightening the place up a bit will have a massive impact on your work. Here are our top tips for adding some life to your workplace, and don't worry, they don't all cost a fortune!!

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Add plants

Add plants

There is nothing like adding a few potted plants to your office to help brighten the place up a bit, especially if your working in an inner city area where there isn't much greenery around. if you are somewhat lacking in the green fingers department then you can buy some fake plants, just make sure they don't look too fake as they will end up looking tacky!!

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paint a wall

paint a wall

You can really brighten up a dark office by painting a wall. Think about how most people have a feature wall in their home and go for the same effect. if your business has a particular colour it uses for its branding then use this on your feature wall as it helps link everything together. Don't worry if it's not a readily available paint colour as you can take a sample to B&Q and they will mix it for you.

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Add some accessories

Add some accessories

Think letter trays, pen pots, folder holders etc. These can be bought relatively cheaply from a number of retailers or online office supplies companies. If you can't find any that match the colour in your office consider going for a bold contemporary colour that will work well with the colour scheme you have, for example if your wall is painted bright green go for bright orange accessories. Colour blocking is very on trnd at the moment so choosing bold clashing colours will work.

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Personalise

Personalise

So you want a fabric pinboard to display all your latest ideas but just cant find one you like, the answer is simple, buy a cheap one and re-cover it with material that will match your colour scheme.

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Buy new furniture

Buy new furniture

This one may be a little more pricy than the options above but can make all the difference to the look of an office.

Make sure you have the right equipment

Many people think about a computer and desk ect when setting up an office, yet sometimes the other essentials such as photocopiers and phones are somehow forgotten. Shop around and compare copier quotes before diving in and buying the first one you see as this can save you a lot of money. Phone around the phone companies and see what they can offer too as they tend to have special deals on quite often.