So, you’ve decided you want to spruce up your office. Even if you feel your office space is on the smaller side, there are still plenty of options to make the best of the space you have. If your space is too cluttered, messy or plain, it can also have a negative effect on your workflow so giving your office a makeover won’t just improve your mood, it will also ensure your office space is somewhere you want to be. So, to get you started, here are 6 design ideas to make your small office a place of inspiration and productivity.

Plants

Proven to liven up any space, there’s nothing more aesthetic than a plant to help spruce up your office space. Not only will they provide your office with more oxygen, but they also look cute and will help brighten your mood. You can look around to find the perfect plant for you and your office. Just be sure to water it as often as it needs and buy a plant that requires the right amount of light available or they may meet an early grave – not cute.

Art

A perfect idea to perk up any space, art is an amazing and simple way to make your office an interesting place to be. Just search around for some art you like, could be a painting or a photo you like. It doesn’t matter, just treat yourself to a print and hang it up above your computer.

Chairs

If you’re spending the majority of your day in your office, it’s only logical that you invest in a comfortable chair. Your back and butt will definitely thank you in the long run. There are also plenty of designs out there for you to choose from, just visit theotheo, a site designed to give you so many options for the perfect office chair, you’ll be sure to find the perfect one for you and your office space.

Desk stuff

Looking for the right things to decorate your desk will help personalise your space. Things like pen holders or notebooks will help you stay organised but can also be a cool addition to your space. Just be sure not to get too much or you risk over cluttering your space – which will only end up stressing you out.

Pinboards

More of a practical addition but adding a pinboard can help with decluttering some of your notes and other pages from your desks. You can also use it to pin up photos or other decorative items like fairy lights to make your space a lot more like you.

Shelves/Storage

Again, more of a practical aspect, but you have to be sure to have the right amount of storage space in your office. Get yourself some new shelves in your favourite colour and you’ll have more space to put some new decorations, like your new plants! A new desk is also a great way to spruce up your office, make sure it has some handy drawers and you’re all set.

The foodservice industry is one of the most consistently popular and resilient industries in existence. Everything from fast food up to the highest Michelin star restaurants, there is something for everyone. And as the changing digital world affects the high-street as more and more people move to purchase online, restaurants remain full to the brim. And opening a restaurant can be one of the most fulfilling and rewarding ventures anyone can undertake. Whether your passion lies with food or business, opening a restaurant is always a good idea. But it is also one of the most difficult ventures you can undertake. So below I will be highlighting the top 5 things you need to make sure you have handled before you step into the foodservice industry.

The Paperwork

Before you put anything down on a menu or even start whipping up your dishes, you need to make sure you have all the busy work done. Running a restaurant is more than just the food you make. You will be buying equipment and furniture. Hiring staff and creating contracts. Taking out restaurant insurance and getting your certificates in health standards. So let’s break this down.

Firstly you want to get the more important factors looked into. Insurance is the big one. You will want to make sure you are covered against all eventualities, including fire and crime, so finding good coverage is vital. Next, you will need to apply for your COOSH certificate which allows you to keep and use chemicals on site. These will be needed for cleaning. You will also need to make sure you have someone who is first aid trained on-site, so it is wise to take the course yourself and look into buying a course package for your staff. Hiring a lawyer to write up your staff contracts is a good idea and then you can get to the fun part of decorating, which leads to the next aspect.

The Look

When it comes to the food industry, the look is almost as important as the food. People don’t want to be eating in a shabby and bland looking room. They want to soak up the atmosphere. They want their dinner to be an experience. That is what you need to present to them. An experience. To that end, you need to know what style of food you are creating. Italian? Thai? French? It could be an idea to lean into the culture you are cooking and decorate around that. Or if your food is less cultural and more type-specific then you may want to simply create a relaxing, family environment. If the mood you want to achieve is high dining or romance, look at going for deeper reds and candles. This is an important decision so you will want to plan, plan and plan. And always make sure your menu melds well with your look. Which leads to the next part.

The Menu

Your menu will be your main attraction. If you are a chef then you will most likely be creating this menu yourself. If you aren’t you will want to make sure your head chef is creating something tasty and affordable. You will want to know the tastes you are trying to present to your customers. But the biggest piece of advice is this: keep it simple. Do not create a menu with thirty or so options. Focus on creating a smaller selection of starters, mains and desserts. This will allow your chefs to shine with the dishes, will let your customers decide quicker and they will always have an amazing experience. It is important to keep things fresh with the food, this goes for both the ingredients and the menu. Don’t be afraid to make daily or weekly specials that change. It will let frequent diners have something to look forward to and will flex your restaurant’s skill.

Staff

When it comes to the food industry, while the chefs are the heart of the operation, they cannot work alone. You will have a variety of staff member working for you. Everything from waiters to dishwashers. And all of them are as important as the other. Your waiters will be the face of your restaurant, so it is vital you find people who are positive, friendly but also resilient. Customer service can be a tough industry and those working in it will need thick skin. Also, you will want a Kitchen Porter who is hardworking and consistent. A kitchen without a functioning dishwashing station will not function. You need to make sure your staff know the menu, know the prices and know-how the restaurant functions so they can be as productive as possible.

Drinks

This is an important aspect of the menu, so important it requires its own section. Drink goes with food as a fish goes with water. Everyone from the casual diner to the wine expert loves a tipple with their meal. So you need to make sure you have a varied and solid selection. Don’t be afraid to ask a wine expert on some choices that can pair with your menu. And make sure you have a selection of other alcohols and spirits available. On top of all this, you will need to have non-alcoholic alternatives for children and non-drinkers as well.