If you run a commercial business, then maintaining a great property should be high on your list of priorities. To a great extent your premises will be what turn visitors into buyers, and equally they hold the potential to do the opposite. If you walked into a hotel lobby and saw it was covered in mould, would you want to check in? Would you want to eat even the best cooked food at Valentine’s Day in a restaurant with horrible décor?
The answer to both is of course no, and this is why it’s so critical that business owners invest time and effort in making their premises shine as much as their products and services.
Fortunately, there are a few simple and easy things you can do as a business owner to make all the difference to the look of your property. Read on for some easy ways you can start impressing your visitors…
The Little Things
The first thing you need to understand if you are going to be turning your property into a welcoming palace, is that the devil is very much in the details. In other words, making a few critical changes – even imperceptible changes – will make a huge change to the overall impression.
For instance, painting the skirting boards will immediately lift any room and make it appear brighter, newer and more spacious. Likewise, cleaning your windows will let more light in and make your property seem newer again. And polishing the doorknobs is apparently a tip that many estate agents give to homeowners hoping to make a sale. You don’t notice door handles usually, but they can contribute to an unconscious sense of cleanliness… or the opposite…
The Right Flooring
Want to make your business look outdated, claustrophobic and ugly? Great! All you need is an outdated carpet with a garish pattern…
On the other hand, if you want to make your rooms look spacious, classy and modern – and keep them easier to maintain as well – then you should consider using a hard floor such as wood or stone. Of course if you wanted to go all out, then you could use marble flooring in order to give your property a palatial feel and make it appear incredibly classy. But if you wanted to be a little more conservative with your spending, then you could alternatively use concrete. If you use polished concrete and get it stained and stamped, then this can actually look almost identical to marble or other expensive floors!
Now you need to think about your décor and how you are going to organise the various elements to create a feel of newness and luxury. To do that you should attempt to make your interior design as minimal as possible. That means that if you have some money to invest in ornaments and decorations, you should spend all of it on one or two items, rather than lots of items.
There are many reasons for this. For one, minimalism is highly fashionable at the moment and so this will give your property a modern and up-to-date feel (whereas a cluttered layout will have the opposite effect).
At the same time, minimalism creates a less ‘crowded’ feel, which makes a space feel more open and therefore larger and brighter. What helps too is that it will be easier to keep clean, because there will be fewer nooks and crannies for dust and grime to collect.
Another quick tip if you want to make a space feel suddenly more luxurious and impressive, is to feature any item that your visitors will be unlikely to have seen before. Novelty will immediately make anywhere feel more impressive, because the fact that your item can’t be found elsewhere will mean your visitors feel privileged. That doesn’t mean you have to spend lots of money either – it could just mean some kind of unique water feature, or perhaps something mechanical.
Even if you only make a few of these changes you’ll find your premises rapidly start having a bigger impact on guests. Try them out and see for yourself!
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Neil Harper, the author of this article, works at DaVinci, leading providers of concrete pool deck restoration services in CT. Neil loves art and can be frequently found at various art exhibitions.