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The Best Window Coverings for Business Offices

Decorating your business office can be a little more difficult than decorating your home. When it’s your home, you have to think about your personal style and your budget. But when it comes to decorating a business office, there are a few other things you’ll want to consider, such as what are your priorities?

Lighting and Productivity

Let’s start by evaluating how lighting can affect your employees’ productivity. There are many factors to consider here, including the presence or absence of lighting, the need for different types of lighting in different situations, and the need for privacy in some cases.

Mood. Light affects our emotions in a variety of ways. Bright light, in particular, is shown to make people happier— letting in more bright, natural light during the day can make your workers feel more energetic, boosting productivity.

Vision. Window treatments are great for reducing glare, focusing the light, so it illuminates a workspace without getting into employees’ eyes is ideal.

Aesthetics and Branding

You should consider the aesthetic value of your window treatments. While it may not seem like your superficial choices can play a significant role in your business, you have to consider how your office appearance can affect perceptions of your brand.

Colors and materials. Once you’ve decided on a specific style, you can choose a particular material and color to match the mood of a room. For example, natural fiber shades would give your office a more relaxed feel while providing an air of elegance. You can also choose colors that match those of your company’s to increase brand consistency throughout the office.

Value. Different shades and curtains offer different levels of value, which may matter if you’re offering your services to a client. For example, if it’s clear you purchased your window treatments from a discount store, it may not reflect well on the image of your company. That isn’t to say you should choose the most expensive option either, but the perceived value of each window treatment option should be taken into consideration.

Durability. This is certainly one of the most important characteristics of Quality and a prime reason for justifying the cost. Lasting, flawless operation and enduring appeal are priceless. These shades are designed for extended daily use as you open and close them every day without fail.

Functionality and Options

The practical benefits and functionality of your window treatments should also be considered. You might think that all types of shades, curtains, and shutters have the same main options (open and shut), but different styles can offer radically different benefits.

Flexibility and adaptability. It’s best to select window treatment options that give you the greatest number of possibilities in the future. For example, using layered shades gives you multiple options, including pure natural light, slightly filtered light, and total obscurity for greater privacy.

The comfort of Automation. If you’re installing shades in a private office, consider motorized shades, which can be activated remotely. A busy executive doesn’t want to be interrupted from work to get up and adjust the curtains every time the sun changes positions in the sky. Plus, it’s impressive to prospective clients and new hires.

Energy savings. Many window treatments also offer energy-saving benefits. They might filter out more sunlight, or serve as an additional layer of insulation to maintain the office temperature. Either way, you’ll spend less on utilities to heat or cool the building.

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By Mary Nolan, WFCP Master

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