Every landlord has different rules and regulations outlined in a lease agreement of what you can and can’t do with the structure. Some allow you to add a fresh coat of paint, while others request that you use the space as it is without too many permanent changes.
Whether you’ve entered into a temporary lease, or you simply don’t want to make too many permanent adjustments, here are a few of the many things you can do to liven up the space without changing a thing.
Talk to Your Landlord
Before you start forming a plan after signing your shop lease in Hong Kong for example, talk to your landlord or property agent about what you can and can’t do. The more informed you are about your freedom and restrictions, the easier your creativity can flow.
Sometimes, it’s the small things that can make the biggest impact, such as shelving and lighting. A simple conversation can be the first step to turning your new beautiful commercial space into a business that reflects your personality and goals.
Look At Lighting
Even if your commercial space is already kitted out with all the lighting you need to show off your products and services, a feature light can add so much attitude and style to the area.
Adding a feature light also doesn’t have to be a significant modification. You can simply invest in stunning light shades that go over the top of the lights already in place, or you can consider lamps in strategic places. It may surprise you just how much this one simple addition can change the look and feel of a room.
Invest in Plants
Office spaces and meeting rooms can look quite sparse with just a few desks and chairs neatly positioned inside. While neutral color schemes can offer the illusion of modernity, there’s certainly value in investing in greenery to brighten up the space.
Plants are an affordable addition to any home or business while also being something you can take with you anywhere you go. We’re also slowly learning about their health benefits, too, with reduced stress, better feng shui, improved productivity, and cleaner air.
Try Fabric On the Walls
If you need something to break up the neutrality of your chosen space, don’t underestimate the value of fabric wall hangings. They come in various sizes and styles and are designed to be tacked up with ease – and with no damage left behind.
You can also choose a type that matches the theme of your business, such as a large loose hanging photo canvas for a photo studio rental or a gorgeous picture of your branding for a pop-up store rental.
Go Crazy With Accessories
Just because you can’t add a fresh coat of paint on the walls, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a burst of color in your chosen commercial property. Accessories can work wonders with any neutral space. Add vibrant cushions to your sofa, invest in colorful pots for your plants, or even add some attractive art pieces to your walls. Small things can make a significant difference.
It can be challenging to figure out how to make a space ‘yours’ when you’re only in it for a short time or someone else owns it. However, as challenging as it is, it’s possible. Try any of these tips above to transform a neutral space into one that represents you and your business.