Are your staff looking miserable? Have you thought a lack of natural light may be hampering productivity and wellbeing?
We’ve reported before on the research by Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois, which found working without natural light can be detrimental to productivity, health and overall wellbeing, so addressing levels of natural light should be one of your key objectives during an office refurbishment.
There are many tricks and tips at our disposal to make the most of natural light, so you may wish to consider the following when it comes to space planning, interior refurbishment and refitting an office.
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Accessorize with mirrored surfaces – reflective surfaces bounce natural light around and can make an office look twice as bright. A couple of mirrors on the wall will always improve light levels and even mirrored occasional furniture - such as side tables – in public-facing areas can have an impact. A mirror placed opposite a window is often the first port of call for our designers.
Keep windows unobscured – if your business has a shop front, resist the temptation to crowd the window with stickers, posters and displays. Leave the glass a free as possible but if a shop window is a big part of selling your business and attracting custom, keep adornments to below waist height so natural light can flood in.