Let’s face it urban neighborhoods, particularly older neighborhoods where the buildings seemed to be constructed in an effort to fit the maximum amount of rooms in the tightest space possible, don’t necessarily lend themselves to what we could call sprawling and spacious offices. In fact, on the contrary, some of these “offices” are so tiny that they actually have cubicle envy. The trick is to make your work space feel larger. Lighting choices, cleverly installed dividers and something as simple as paint delineations can help transform cramped into comfortable.
Let there be light. One of the common mistakes made in offices—any size office—is the absence of lighting layers. Particularly when your space is on the small side, various levels of lighting can help add depth and warmth. Gone are the stark overhead fluorescent fixtures commonly found in work environments. Rather, try lamps, add some can lights, strip lighting under shelves, even cleverly positioned wall sconces can bring a more vibrant feel to any space.
Good Fences…If your tiny office space is made even tinier by the presence of a partner or work roommate, you may wish to consider installing dividers. Granted the last thing you want to do is enclose an already small space and thereby make it seem smaller. But, strategically done, dividers can add dimension, organization and even a little bit of privacy. Consider floating shelving units suspended between two desks. Or perhaps you might try something as daring as a shoji screen, imbuing your office with a bold design element and therefore an extra burst of personality.
Paint by numbers, or not. When designing an office, wall and ceiling color should not be overlooked. You don’t have to go in with a five gallon bucket and roller and then, one and done, your space is complete. In fact breaking up color, adding accent walls, coordinating or contrasting ceiling color with wall tones are all strategies that will certainly invigorate and open up an otherwise small space.