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7 Office Decor Ideas (Low Cost & Personalised)

7 Office Interior Decor Ideas (Low Cost & Personalised)

Seven office decor ideas to enhance the looks of your workplace by using personalised wallpapers posters floor graphics,laser etched name plates logo boards and name directory boards
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Revamp Your Office Interior Design to Reflect Your Personality

Congratulations. You have just moved into your new office space. And are eager to get your business up and running.

But the walls are bare, the floors empty, and your workspace, totally devoid of any personality.

So you now consider hiring an architect or interior designer.

And you are probably on the right track. Because these guys are great when it comes to painting your walls, fitting light fixtures in the ceiling and designing furniture for the employee workstations.

But hold on for a minute.

Is this all you need to think about? Doesn’t the concept of modern office interiors extend beyond, just the furniture and electrical wiring?

It actually does.

An office environment today, has to be personable, friendly, and conducive to employee productivity. Polished furniture and shiny fixtures look nice but may not be enough to achieve all of the above.

To create a sense of belonging in your workforce, you have to stamp your personality, business philosophy, and even your product imagery, in the workplace.

Breathe some soul into an otherwise impersonal office environment and see both, your employees’ morale and output, skyrocket.

Ideas for office interiors design involve the use of laser cut acrylic logo boards poster panels glass partition prints floor stickers and employee name plates to enhance the look of your workplace

It is not very difficult to achieve personalisation in your office interior designs. I’ll illustrate with this simple example.

Traditional interior decor theory dictates that bare walls have to be furnished with paintings or images. And to this effect, most people hang a random picture or a frame holding an abstract print.

But suppose you put up a poster showing an image of the ‘Employee Of the Month’ instead of an impersonal painting. Further, suppose that the fixture in which this poster is framed enables frequent changing/updating.

I absolutely guarantee that you will see everybody’s interest spike in the poster showing their colleague’s face. They will also probably work harder to see their own likeness on the wall.

And in case you are wondering, doing up even a small office interior design need not be an expensive proposition. You do not spend a whole lot of money to spruce up your workplace.

But what you do need are some ideas and suggestions on how to go about, achieving the same.

Corporate office design interior customised with glass film prints personalised wallpaper and a name directory board in the lobby

And that is the purpose of this post. To give you some office interior design ideas by answering questions like…

  • How do we make a bare wall come alive?
  • Is there a novel way to bring privacy to the glass partitions?
  • What form will my company logo take? Can I light up my logo or render it in 3D?
  • Can we brand ceilings?
  • Or how about advertising on the very floors we walk on?

And so, without further ado, here are seven different ideas on how to bring alive your workspace.

Use them, not only to spruce up your in-shop space but also to impress your clients and motivate your employees.

Seven Ideas For Office Interior Design & Branding

Custom printed wallpapers to adorn your workspace with your company colours and imagery.

Brand the glass partitions and building facade in your office using these specially printable glass film prints.

Jaw-droppingly beautiful laser-cut acrylic logo boards to create an impression on clients, right at the reception/entrance to your office.

Choose from a variety of sunboard, acrylic and backlit poster types to display product images, your company’s scope of services, its philosophy/motto, quotes and other information.

Brand the very floor you walk on. Use specialised floor vinyls to get your message across in a very unique way.

Use rich, premium looking laser etched, gold or silver laser etched plates to display the names of your employees. 

Highly attractive name board solution to display the name of all your employees in the company. Individual name plates in this this modular signage can be updated.

1. Personalised Wallpapers Carrying Your Custom Design/images

In any given room, you are surrounded by, (duh) the walls.

The bare walls in any office are a frequently overlooked resource. And they can provide ample opportunity for branding and personalisation.

Let’s assume that you have a sofa in your reception area for seating visitors. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the wall they face (while waiting), displayed your business wins, or your company tagline?

An even better idea would be for you to showcase a historical timeline of your organisation, the milestones it achieved over the years and of course, its big wins?

A great office interior design idea to use a full size wall sticker to show a company’s historical timeline and achievements

There are actually many ideas to brand your office walls.

These can include…

  • Depicting historical timelines and landmarks (if the organisation is an old one)
  • Flaunt corporate achievements and targets
  • Display company vision and mission statements
  • Show flattering product imagery
  • Show larger than life images of your team in action.
  • Display motivational quotes, etc.
  • And of course, display your corporate logo.

But a standard wallpaper shop is not going to be able to serve the above-listed content. And it will not meet our criteria for personalised office decor. A wallpaper vendor can only offer you generic designs, patterns or stock photography.

What you need is a solution that can brand your office walls with your own layouts and content. Designs that incorporate your company services, philosophy, and product imagery.

Enter, Custom Printed Wallpapers.

Here is a great office decor idea to improve the looks of your conference room. Use custom wallpapers displaying your personalised design.

Custom wallpapers are printed at the exact size of the available space on your walls. You supply the content/design and a print service bureau reproduces the same on specialised wall-vinyls. These high-resolution prints are then pasted directly onto the walls at your office.

Two things separate customised wallpapers from other generic prints.

  1. Their large size, and
  2. Their stunning resolutions

Customised wall prints have to cater to walls ranging from size 4 feet to 40, and even wider. So, print-shops use specialised wide format printing machines to achieve these larger than life print sizes.

Also, since we are using these wallpapers as office interior decor elements they will be subject to close-up viewing and scrutiny. Hence, the prints have to be generated at very high resolutions, to pass muster.

Image of a large-sized custom wallpaper installed in an office. PVC wall stickers are a great office design idea to showcase your corporate imagery in your workplace.

Steps In Commissioning A Custom Wallpaper Job For Your Office Interior Decor

Here are the things that you need to consider, to get the walls in your office, branded…

  1. Measurements
  2. Wall Surface
  3. Design/content
  4. The Digital Print Provider
  5. On-site Installation
Measurements

The first step obviously, is to measure the height and width of your walls. Your content creator will need these dimensions for making the design/layout. We’ll talk more about designing, in a subsequent point.

The correct size will also help in estimating the cost of the project.

A wall mural made of a vinyl banner and pasted on the wall outside a boxing club. The wall sticker shows images of all the club’s boxing champions in action.
Wall Surface

You need to ensure that the wall in question is not rough or unfinished. An oil painted wall works best when it comes to pasting wall prints.

Oil paints are not very expensive. And they provide a smooth surface for glueing on the large-sized print.

You should be aware that wallpaper pasting guys routinely use water to evenly stick and smoothen the print on the wall’s surface. So an oil-painted wall surface will not be affected by this moisture.

Three pillars in the office of a software branded with the company logo pictures and product images using wall vinyl prints to significantly improve the looks of the office interior decor
Wallpaper Design/content

Personalised office decor is the central theme of this post. So a wallpaper job will only be as good as the content it displays.

Your wallpaper design can incorporate your company philosophy, images of your team or even images of your products and services. Be sure to include your logo, company name and tagline.

Walls in large corporate offices can easily be scores of feet long. So think larger than life imagery while creating your layout (as shown in the image below). After all, the more impactful your design, the more attention your print is going to get.

And if you need access to professional designers or ad agencies to help you with your layout, just jump to this page here.

A custom printed wallpaper showing images of small children fixed next to wooden shelves to enhance the interiors of a showroom
The Digital Print Provider

Once your art-file/design is ready, you need to look for a print bureau that provides wide-format printing solutions.

The print shop guys will take your design and break it into manageable tiles of 3 or 4-feet width. These tiles will then be printed out on a specialised wall-vinyl.

Vinyl is a media, printers use, to reproduce images at an extremely high resolution. Moreover, vinyls typically have an adhesive back, enabling the print to be pasted on a variety of surfaces.

As I mentioned earlier, our job will be generated on a specialised wall-vinyl material which can be printed upon, and directly pasted on walls.

A print service provider (who knows what he is doing) will also add on a protective layer of lamination. A laminated wall print will easily withstand dust, scratches, water damage and other daily wear and tear. So be sure to enquire about this option as well.

An online wallpaper maker will break down large, wallpaper or glass filming jobs in smaller easily manageable tiles. These tiles are joined together while pasting the final job.
On-site Installation

Custom wallpaper prints are delivered in the form of long, three or four feet wide tiles.

So the next step is to paste these individual tiles on the wall and combine them into a cohesive whole. Most print service providers will also have a fitting/pasting team ready to come to your site and finish this job.

Alternatively, you can choose to do the pasting yourself.

You have to install it just like any large sticker. Clean the wall and evenly paste it on the surface. Use a squeegee to smooth out the wrinkles and bubbles caused while pasting. Here is a helpful video about wallpaper pasting, that you might want to check out.

Personalising your office walls is a great office interior design idea. But achieving the same will need a little more effort than swiping your card, at a generic wallpaper shop.

Implement the above steps. And trust me.

The end result will be worth it.

How Much Does a Personalised Wall-print Cost?

Commissioning a wall print carrying your personalised design, costs INR 70 per square foot, here in India.

The price includes…

  1. The wall media (we generally use a brand called Avery or 3M)
  2. The actual print
  3. And a top coat of protective lamination

So, as an illustration, if you need to cover a wall of size 10 feet X 8 feet, it should cost you:

10 feet X 8 feet X INR 70 = Rs.5600.00 + taxes

Please remember that installation costs are generally quoted separately.

This is because while some people want end-to-end services, others prefer to do the pasting themselves. You should budget for an additional 20/30 rupees per square foot if you need someone to come over to your site and do the pasting.

2. Glass Film Prints for Store-fronts, Windows and Cabin Partitions

The glass cabin of a corporate office is branded using custom printed transparent glass film to show the products and process of the company

Modern supermarket storefronts are made up almost entirely of glass. Corporate offices too contain glass panels and partitions. And just like walls, these bare glass panels also offer a huge scope for branding and office interior decor.

A smart architect can use these glass panels to showcase company mission and vision statements, the philosophy that drives an organisation, custom imagery, motivational quotes, and even product pictures.

When branding and advertising on glass panels, interior decorators get to control an additional dimension of the print.

That of transparency and opacity.

A variety of glass printing media allow you to set the transparency level on the panel. And we will be discussing this transparency factor in more detail further on.

But for now, let us see how prints on glass actually take place.

highly colourful movie themed opaque glass film print pasted on the front facade of a cafe to enhance the decor of the restaurant

Two Ways to Brand Glass Panels - Pasting a Printed Film on The Glass Panel vs Direct Printing on Glass

To brand the glass surfaces in your organisation, you can opt for either of the following methods:

  1. Print directly onto your glass panels
  2. Print your job on specialised glass films with an adhesive back. These films are then pasted onto your glass partitions

Digital print bureaus can reproduce images directly onto glass panels using an advanced printing technique known as ‘Flatbed UV Printing’. This involves placing the sheet of glass in the UV printer.

The flatbed machine then uses specialised UV inks (that adhere to glassy surfaces) to print images directly on top of the same.

flatbed UV printer printing directly on a sheet of glass

But there is a catch inherent to this process.

To print directly onto the glass panel, you first need to bring the same, to the print shop, for processing on the flatbed printer. This printed glass panel has then got to be carted off to your site, for installation.

And therein lies a problem.

Most office spaces already have glass partitions and panels fixed in place. So removing them might be an issue. Not to mention the logistics involved in transporting large and heavy sheets of glass to and from the print house.

Flat-bed UV prints are also more or less permanent. Which works fine for office spaces that are owned. But if you have leased your premises, permanently altering the interior may be frowned upon.

Also, since UV prints are permanent, they may not be ideal for situations where the content/designs need to be changed or updated.

But there is an alternative to direct printing on glass.

mimaki UCJV wide format printer using UV inks to print on glass films to enhance office design interior

This is where a print service bureau prints your designs on specialised films. These printed films are then carried on-site, and pasted on the panels in your office.

Custom printed glass film prints offer two great advantages:

  1. Rollback and changeability
  2. Control over privacy by selecting a transparency level
Rollback and Changeability

Glass film prints have an adhesive back. So you can peel off the same, at a later date, to restore your glass surface to its original state.

You can also opt to change the prints/content periodically.

Since glass film prints are not very expensive, malls, stores, restaurants, etc. continually update their glass surfaces to showcase current offers and new product launches.

one way vision film used to brand the glass frontage of a supermarket and display an advertisement for the Mother's Recipe food company
Control the Privacy/transparency of The Glass Surface Beneath

By default, the glass panels in your office (or the front facade of your storefront) will almost certainly be transparent. And this works great for natural lighting purposes.

But certain sections of your office (the boss’s cabin for example), may need some degree of privacy.

So digital print service providers offer glass film prints with varying degrees of transparency to meet different use case scenarios. Listed below are the main types of glass film prints available in the market.

Types of Glass Film Prints That Can be Used to Brand your Shop and Office Interiors

Transparent Glass Film Prints
Transparent glass film printed and pasted on the huge front facade of the Tata car dealership allows you to see inside the showroom as well as the branding on the glass partition

As the name suggests, prints on these films are completely transparent. While they depict an image on the glass surface, they also allow light and vision, to pass through.

So if the glass frontage of your office building is branded with transparent glass films, people passing by will be able to see the inside of the office, in addition to the images on the print.

transparent window vinyl pasted on the glass front of a car outlet shows an image of a red car and also allows you to look inside the showroom
Frosted Glass Film Prints to Enhance your Office Design Interior
frosted glass film print showing images of gears pasted on the cabin partition of a large office

Frosted glass film prints impart a beautiful, dusky, smoked effect to the panel beneath. These films are translucent in nature.

This means that the film will allow natural light to pass through. But at the same time, since they are not transparent, a casual passerby cannot glance inside the office or see the people inside.

On the other hand, because of the smoked effect, people inside the office cannot see the happenings on the other side of the glass panels either.

Frosted glass film prints allow for beautiful office interior branding. Moreover, these prints do not cut natural light. And, on top of all this, they protect the privacy of the occupants inside the office.

The one disadvantage of frost film prints is that people on the inside, cannot see what is happening outside either. And that is something, the next option will enable…

Logos cut on frosted glass film and pasted on office partition
One-way Vision Mesh Films For Glass Is a Great Office Interior Design Idea​
one way vision as a privacy panel

One way vision film prints are a pretty clever solution for advertising on glass panels. You probably have noticed them on supermarket facades or on the glass fronts of fast-food eateries.

One way vision prints allow you to place your product imagery on the glass panels of your storefront, for the benefit of people walking by.

But while people on the outside are looking at these images, the people inside the office/stop can see what is happening on the outside.

In a very true sense, one-way vision films allow vision to pass through from transparent glass in one direction, and restrict it, in the other.

branding on the glass door of a Deal Jeans store using one way vinyl
Opaque Glass Film Prints
photos on opaque glass prints on vinyl pasted on the front of a cafe

As the name suggests, opaque glass film prints restrict light and vision from both sides of the glass panel. Here we print the job on regular white vinyl prints and paste the same on the glass panel.

Frost film prints will allow you to make out vague humanoid shapes moving behind the glass panel. But an opaque print will totally occlude visibility and protect the privacy of the people inside the office.

Opaque vinyl prints also look very vibrant and colourful.

reverse glass sticker printing where the film carrying images of pizzas is pasted from inside the glass partitions at a Pizza Hut outlet
White-ink Prints

While all the types of films listed above are pretty intuitive, there is one type of glass film print that even many professional architects and interior designers are unaware of.

Namely, White Ink Prints for Glass.

White ink printing of clipart and icon outlines on transparent glass film pasted on the front partition of a restaurant to give it a very beautiful look

White inks allow for the creation of glass film prints that are transparent in certain portions and opaque in others. This opens up the possibility of beautiful looking glass prints for your office interiors.

This is made possible by using opaque white. White inks do not allow light to pass through as against the standard CMYK inks in any printer, that are transparent.

While I have included white ink prints in this list, to make it more complete, their exact working is explained in more detail, in this post here.

For now, let me state that white inks allow for partially opaque and partially transparent film printing. They also enable the printing of reverse pastable glass films and films with different images on either side.

mimaki wide format printer using white ink printing on transparent media
abstract circular design printed on optically clear glass film using UV white inks creates a beautiful effect where the image is opaque and the rest of the film is transparent

How to Execute a Glass Branding Project to Decorate Your Office

Much like commissioning a wall print job, glass branding involves…

  1. Measuring the glass panel that needs to be covered
  2. Selecting the right film base on your needs for transparency/privacy
  3. Sending your design/layout to a print bureau for the actual printing
  4. Onsite installation

Since all of the above points are covered in detail in this section here, I will move on to the subject of pricing.

How Much Does a Personalised Glass Film Print Cost?

Different types of glass vinyls (opaque, transparent, frosted, etc.) have differing rates. But the average cost of branding a glass panel costs INR 70 per square foot, here in India.

The price includes…

  1. The glass film/media (we generally use a brand called Avery or 3M)
  2. The actual print

So, as an illustration, if you need to cover a panel of size 4 feet wide X 8 feet tall, it should cost you:

4 feet X 8 feet X INR 70 = Rs.2240.00 + taxes

Please remember that installation costs are generally quoted separately.

This is because while some people want end-to-end services, others prefer to do the pasting themselves. You should budget for an additional 20/30 rupees per square foot if you need someone to come over to your site and do the pasting.

Apart from its name, every business organisation is also identified by its logo. In fact, in modern business today, a logo can become the identifying factor of an organisation.

Think of any famous company like Apple, Nike, Mercedes, etc., and its logo will instantly jump to your mind.

So an additional mandate for any architect / interior decorator would be to tastefully display an organisation’s name and logo. And obviously, this logo has to be put up at a location where it can be seen by everyone, employees and visitors alike.

Now, shop glow-sign boards take care of your company identity on the exteriors of your building. But here is a solution to impressively brand the reception/lobby of corporate offices.

Namely, Laser Cut Acrylic Logo/Name Boards.

This image shows a variant of acrylic name boards
metallic mirror finish acrylic logo mounted on black base plate

How Are Acrylic Logo Boards Made?

Sign manufacturers fabricate classy, 3D logos out of a material called acrylic.

Acrylic is a shiny glass-like sheet that is available in a variety of colours. You might also know acrylic by its oft-used brand name – Perspex

Acrylic sheets are available in varying colours and different thicknesses like 3, 5 and 10 mm. But, and perhaps most importantly, acrylic can be cut in just about any shape, using laser cutting machines.

So all you have to do is email your logo design to your local signmaker. He will then choose an acrylic sheet matching your logo colour and push the same in his laser engraving machine. The machine then precisely cuts out your logo shape from the large sheet and viola…

One classy looking 3D Acrylic Logo/Name Board, ready.

Acrylic name boards can be fabricated in two variants:

  1. Non-lit logo boards
  2. Lit logo boards
Non-Lit Acrylic Logo Boards

As described in the process above, premium looking logo boards are fabricated from acrylic sheets, cut on laser engraving machines. These individual letters/parts of the logo are mounted on a thick base plate which is then installed on the wall, in your office.

Letters can also be affixed directly on the wall without an intervening base plate as shown in the images below.

Either way, these signs look pretty stunning and are guaranteed to attract attention. You can commission your own 3D Logo/Name board by clicking on this link here.

This image shows a lit acrylic shop board created for the web design and graphic institute, Creative Concepts.
This image shows a lit acrylic sign board created for the streaming media brand, VIU
This image shows acrylic store board for company and corporate offices.
This image shows a acrylic sign board with a black base plate with company logo on top
This image shows an acrylic name plate for advertising company, Minds Advertising.
This image shows an acrylic shop board for the Pune-based construction company, Dhoot Builders.
Lit Acrylic Letter Boards

In addition to being glasslike in its finish, acrylic also allows light to pass through. So by extending your budget a little, you can also opt for a beautifully glowing backlit sign for your office entrance.

Signmakers embed small LED modules under the laser-cut acrylic letters, connected to a compact power supply. And all you got to do, to get your lit signboard going, is add electricity.

There are scores of forms, a lit glow sign board can take. These include 3D Acrylic LED letters, Metallic back glow letters, Aluminium Profile letters, Neon Signs, etc.

3D letters made of white acrylic with a black surface on top. LEDs embedded inside the letters to give them a beautiful glow. Letters drilled directly onto the wall
acrylic board withn laser cut letters and back glow with LEDs
Stencil cut acrylic letters glow sign board for beauty salon. Outline of a woman cut lit in red LEDs with the letters lit in white LEDs.
Stencil cut acrylic letters board for a restaurant named Sushi. Board made of black printed ACP with a brightly lit food image and letters glowing in red LEDs

How To Commission An Acrylic Logo Board Job For Your Office?

Getting a logo board made for your office is a fairly straightforward process. Just follow the steps below…

Determine the Size of the Board/Logo

You need to give your signboard maker the size that you need your logo to be fabricated in. While the dimensions need not be exact, a ballpark measurement is needed, to enable him to arrive at an estimated cost for the job. 

So give a moment’s consideration to where the logo needs to be installed. How large does it need to be? And at what placement will the logo board make a maximum impact on your visitors and office decor.

This image shows the job and material specifications that're part of an perspex name board.
Share the Artwork/design with The Signmaker

The next step is for you to share the logo design file with the signmaker. Remember, the design is going to be laser-cut in acrylic.

So do make sure that you mail your logo file in a vector file format (like CorelDraw or Adobe Illustrator), to your sign making agency.

At Orchid Digitals, before undertaking the acrylic board job, we always send a soft copy proposal to the client. This clearly illustrates the board specifications, dimensions, materials, cost, etc.

Apart from this, we also clearly mention which components of the sign are 3D, which are 2D, which elements are lit and which ones will remain non-lit.

We have always found that a customer armed with this kind of information is in a better position to take a call with respect to the job.

Proposal showing the layout design material specifications and costs for a 3D LED Acrylic Glow Sign Board for AFMC. It mentions which component of the sign board is 3D which glows, etc.

How Much Does Acrylic Logo Board For the Office, Cost?

A 5 mm thick non-lit acrylic logo board can cost Rs.700.00 plus taxes, here in India. This means that if your board size is 3 feet wide X 2 feet high, it will cost…

3 feet X 2 feet X 700.00 = 4200.00 + 18% GST

Similarly, a lit board can range anywhere from INR 1200.00 to 1800.00 per square feet. The costs will vary on the basis of the material used and the number of LEDs deployed. Installation too will be charged extra, on a case to case basis.

Make sure that you work with a competent signmaker who gives a clear idea of the project specifications and their costs.

4. Professionally Printed and Framed Posters For Small Office Interior Design

Every business needs to communicate a variety of messages to its customers. These could be a listing of their services, prices, product pictures or even corporate mission statements.

These messages, in the form of large-sized posters, can be used to adorn the walls of your office. And this is where you need the services of a professional print provider to generate high-resolution reproductions of your digitally designed posters.

Now, since this post is about office decor ideas, tacking on loose colour printed sheets on your workplace walls is an absolute no-no. What you need is a classy and refined way to communicate your messages.

And that is what I want to talk about – Professional Poster Solutions for your office walls.

mock-up of colourful wall posters framed and displayed in a museum

A print-shop will offer you a variety of media for your poster jobs. These range from entry-level posters for the budget-conscious, to premium backlit frames of the very high-end variety.

And while posters can be made of a variety of materials and frames, here are four types of posters I’d recommend, for a work environment.

  1. Sunboard Prints
  2. Acrylic Sandwich Frames
  3. Lit / Non-lit Clip-on Frames
  4. Galley-framed Canvas Prints

4A. Sunboard Poster Prints

Sunboard also referred to as foam-sheet, is a thick rigid sheet of PVC. It is smooth, flat and extremely light-weight. And more importantly, extremely high-resolution digital prints can be reproduced on sunboard sheets.

Wide-format print providers can print out your communication on these rigid PVC sheets to create highly professional-looking posters. And since this foam sheet material is pretty light in weight, you can simply nail the print to your walls or even use double-sided tape to tack them on.

sunboard poster print on wall
store branding done in a mall using poster prints made of sunboard

Moreover, sunboard prints are extremely economical. This makes them ideal for short term ad campaigns. This is also why, almost all the wall posters you see in shops, retail stores and malls, are printed on sunboard.

So the next time you enter the trial room of a clothes store, you will know how the image of that larger than life model, pasted on the wall, was made.

stack of thick sunboard prints with photo vinyl mounted on top to create wall posters
rigid foamsheet printing used in the sign industry to create posters

4B. Acrylic Sandwich Frames - A Great Idea For Office Interior Design

Acrylic, as I mentioned in the previous section, is a clear glass-like material. But acrylic also has two major advantages over glass…

  1. It is extremely light in weight
  2. Acrylic can easily be laser-cut in different sizes and shapes

And these properties make acrylic an ideal material for fabricating display frames for large-sized posters.

One form of poster display, often deployed in corporate offices, is an Acrylic Sandwich Panel.

picture of acrylic sandwich boards to create beautiful poster frames the images within can be replaced by removing the top sheet of acrylic

As the name suggests, your printing vendor will take two sheets of clear acrylic, and press (or sandwich) a high-resolution photo print between them.

This assembly is then installed on the wall using stud-caps and risers. A ‘riser’ basically holds the frame a couple of inches away from the wall. The round, disk-like stud-cap on the front, masks the screw holding the frame in place.

components and material specifications of an acrylic sandwich panel

Now, while the above fabrication is simple enough, the end effect is pretty stunning.

What visitors to your office see, is a shiny sheet of glass, floating a slight distance from the wall, holding your poster print. And so, while sunboard prints do look nice, a shiny acrylic sandwich panel will look significantly more classy.

This image shows mirror stud caps with risers

An added advantage of sandwich frames is that you can detach the sheet in front and easily replace the print within.

This also means that while you need to pay for the entire assembly the first time, you can repeatedly replace the print inside at a very low cost.

side view of acrylic display boards raised a little distance away from the wall
acrylic sandwich panel side view showing riser and mirror cap stud

4C. Lit or Non-lit Clip-on Poster Frames - An Eye-Catching Solution For Workplace Branding

A Clip-on Frame is a slightly more evolved poster display solution than the acrylic panel described above. Here too, we have a poster held in place, under a sheet of acrylic. And this poster can be changed/replaced on a regular basis, as well.

But the difference lies in the mechanism used to operate (open & close) the panel.

Clip-on frames are available in two variants. Namely…

  1. Non-lit frames
  2. Lit frames having LEDs embedded inside
Non-lit Clip-on Frames
a collection of aluminium clip on boards which display posters in a refined and elegant manner

A regular, non-lit clip-on frame, also referred to as a snap frame, has an aluminium profile mounted on the edges of a 5mm thick sunboard base. This profile has a spring-loaded mechanism that can be operated like a latch.

The latch enables the frame on the sides of the display panel, to be snapped open and snapped close. The poster frame is also equipped with a top layer of a thin, transparent sheet of acrylic.

So the idea is for you to first snap open the sides of the clip-on frame. You then insert your printed poster beneath the sheet of acrylic. Finally, the frame is snapped closed, to hold the print in place.

to use non-lit aluminium clip on boards snap open the side profiles place the poster in the frame and then snap close the edge profiles as shown in this image
Edge-lit, LED, Clip-on Frames
led clip on frames with translite prints

The lit variant of the clip-on frame uses two additional components to light up the entire panel. A strip of LEDs fitted around the edges of the frame and an LGP sheet (light guiding plate) to evenly distribute the light from the edges across the front surface of the frame.

But leaving the mechanism aside for a moment, a printed poster, inside a backlit panel looks simply stunning.

Edge-lit clip-on frames use posters printed on a special material called ‘translite’. In addition to enabling photo quality reproduction, a translite print allows light to pass through. And when placed inside a backlit panel, these prints look absolutely brilliant.

The main USP of clip-on frames, both lit and non-lit, is that they allow for very easy replacement of the poster prints within. As such, these frames are pretty popular in supermarkets, retails stores, cinema halls, restaurants, etc.

an aluminium poster frame can be easily operated by simply snapping open the side profiles pulling out the old poster putting in the new one and closing edges as shown in this image
four LED clip on frames

4D. Canvas Prints with A Galley Frame - A Very Popular Office Design Interior Idea

Prints on photo paper do look good. But when these same images are reproduced at a high resolution on natural cotton canvas, they look absolutely stunning.

And so while canvas material does not intuitively come to mind when you are thinking about wall posters, I have included the same in our list of poster options because canvas prints are a great idea to enhance our office (and home) interiors.

Custom canvas prints are perfect for reproducing fine art and paintings. You can also blow up your product images on a large-sized canvas frame. Hi-resolution food photos printed on this material, are a common sight in upscale restaurants.

Collage of two family photos on canvas printed and stretched on a rectangular frame
canvas reproductio Painting of bright yellow leaves and flowers on an abstract orange background framed to create canvas wall artn of a painting showing plants painted on an orange background

Natural cotton canvas allows for very high-resolution image reproduction with eye-poppingly vibrant colours. Its rich, cloth-like texture provides a visually appealing alternative to the other, plasticky, poster media solutions available in the market.

And finally, since this poster is about enhancing office interiors, I’d also like to talk about the vast variety of framing options available for your canvas print. Any good frame-shop will offer wood, metal and fibre frames for your print.

But I personally like one particular framing option – the Galley Frame

Galley framing involves wrapping the outer edges of the canvas media around the edges of the wooden frame. The actual frame is fully concealed by the print. And when viewed from the sides, you don’t see the frame but just the image overflowing over the edges.

This edge wrapping adds a visually appealing end effect to our print and makes it look very pretty.

Side view of a canvas print stretched on a frame showing a collage of family pictures

How Much Do Custom Poster Prints Cost?

The very idea of commissioning a custom poster job is so that you can reproduce prints of your designs/artwork. This also means that you can order your posters in any size you desire.

A good print provider should be able to make a small A3 sized poster as easily as a 10 feet large, wall covering print (should the latter take your fancy).

But as a convention, most poster jobs are designed in a ratio of 1:1.5. This means that if the width of the poster is 18 inches, the height would be 24 inches. Research finds this ratio visually pleasing to the eye.

Chart showing all the sizes in the ISO A series including A6, A5, A4, A3, A2, A1 and A0. A table listing these sizes in mm and inches and showing how each size is twice that of the previous one.
mock-up of nature photography printed as colour posters in sizes A2, A1 and A0

In fact, there is an international measurement standard called the ISO A-series that follows this ration. The ISO A-series recommends poster print sizes like A2, A1, A0, etc. And in addition to looking good, these sizes also minimise material wastage in the press.

Keeping the above ratio in mind, here is a chart showing the prices of different poster types at different sizes. But do remember that while this table acts as a quick reference for your budgeting purposes, you can commission posters in just about any size you want.

Poster Type A2 size | 18 inches * 24 inches | 1.5 feet * 2 feet A1 size | 24 inches * 36 inches | 2 feet * 3 feet A0 | 36 inches * 48 inches | 3 feet * 4 feet
5mm thick Sunboard Poster

360.00

720.00

1440.00

Acrylic Sandwich Panel

1200.00

2400.00

4800.00

Non-lit Clip-on Frame

1200.00

2400.00

4800.00

Backlit Clip-on Frame

2400.00

4800.00

9600.00

Please note:

  • The above rates are in rupees and are indicative of the prices in India.
  • Verify the same with your local print provider before commissioning a poster job

5. Floor Graphics / Floor Stickers

When interior decorators think about areas for branding, they generally visualise the walls, glass partitions or even the ceilings inside the office/store. But there is one area that is often overlooked when it comes to office design interiors.

In fact, most people are not even aware that this area can be used for advertising. I’m talking about advertising on the very ground we walk on.

And this is where Floor Stickers come in.

floor stickers and graphics for social distancing asking you to maintain 6 feet distance which are pasted on the ground

Advertising on floors may sound counter-intuitive. But if done right, floor stickers can really attract and hold customer attention.

Imagine ambling down a uniformly tiled space. All of a sudden, you perceive, at the lower edge of your vision, a change in colour. Your feet may sense a change in the floor texture as well.

And curiosity is bound to make you glance at the area where these perceptual changes are coming from. So when you see a large and colourful floor graphic at your feet, you can’t help but pause and take notice of the same.

I also feel that people are subconsciously exhausted with visuals on overcrowded walls. And tend not to pay too much attention to them. Hence, floor stickers, in addition to being a great office decor idea, can also be deployed as alternative attention-grabbing visuals.

floor graphics and stickers advertising a sale pasted on the gro

How Do Floor Stickers Work?

A floor sticker does not lead an easy life.

Apart from daily wear and tear, the print has to withstand spiked heels, hobnailed shoes, vacuuming, and wet mopping. The footfall in some malls can number in the hundreds, if not thousands of visitors. And each of these bipeds will be mercilessly trodding upon our print 🙂

So, to perform its intended application, floor graphic prints need to be pretty robust.

There are mainly two components that go into the making of a good floor sticker.

  1. The actual media that gets printed upon and is stuck to the ground
  2. A protective layer on top of this print
Floor Graphics Media

Printshop providers use specialised media for floor graphics. This vinyl print has an extremely strong adhesive and will not peel easily from the ground.

Brands like Avery & 3M are pretty popular in this segment.

We also use very strong UV inks to reproduce the actual image. This ensures that the prints are not only waterproof but also scratch-resistant.

Floor Overlaminate

While the above floor print is extremely strong, the conscientious printer will add another layer of topcoat on the same, for added protection.

This topcoat is also known as floor over-laminate.

Floor over-laminates are a very thick layer of plastic, pasted on top of the print. They weigh in at a thickness of 150/200 microns. This top-coat significantly adds to the functionality of our floor sticker.

  1. It keeps the print beneath pristine by protecting it from scratches and scuffing
  2. The floor over-laminate also waterproofs the print
  3. Finally, the coating has an anti-skid surface to prevent slipping and accidents
Novel ideas for office interior design involving the use of a floor sticker pasted on the ground to advertise a service of the Master Card company in an eye catching manner
keep 2 meters distance floor sticker pasted on the ground of a retail store

How Much Do Floor Stickers Cost?

Floor stickers cost around INR 150 per square foot, here in India.

This price includes…

  1. A UV printed base media (we generally use a brand called Avery or 3M)
  2. A 150/200 micron thick, overlaminate for added protection

So, as an illustration, if your floor sticker is of size 4 feet wide X 2 feet high, it should cost you:

4 feet X 2 feet X INR 150 = Rs.1200.00 + taxes

Please remember that installation costs are generally quoted separately.

This is because while some people want end-to-end services, others prefer to do the pasting themselves. You should budget for an additional 20/30 rupees per square foot if you need someone to come over to your site and do the pasting.

6. Metal-finish Nameplates for Cabin Doors and Office Partitions

Every large office is sure to have sections in the form of partitions, cubicles and glass-walled offices. And the job of the discerning architect is to mark these sections with plates, carrying the names of the occupants.

Nameplates were traditionally made from acid-etched metal sheets. But these were expensive and also took a whole lot of time to fabricate. Metal plates were also pretty heavy and Installing them was a pain. You had to nail them to the wall/door.

So people gradually started shifting to vinyl letters, sunboard prints and even tacky stickers. But these alternatives do not have the rich look and feel of a brushed metal nameplate and don’t do much to enhance our office room design.

So, to address this gap, I’d like to recommend Laser-engraved, Gold / Silver Finish ABS Name Plates.

Small office interior design can benefit from the use of premium looking gold and silver laser engraved metal nameplates like the ones in this image displaying dates and names of places

Strictly speaking, ABS sheets are not made of metal but a smooth, flat, 2 mm thick sheet of black plastic. This sheet also has a top coat of thin, metallic foil. And a good sign maker will give you a choice of a variety of gold, silver, bronze, etc., foil colours.

Once you share the names of your employees, a sign-maker uses a high-precision laser engraving machine to etch the individual letters on top of these foiled plates.

The laser beam burns off the top layer (of foil) in the shape of the given name, to expose the black colour beneath.

And viola, one rich looking, laser-etched nameplate, ready in no time and at very low cost.

Silver finish premium looking name plates to display employee name is simple yet elegant office interior design idea

Laser-engraved plates have a number of advantages over their metallic counterparts.

Easy to Install

They are extremely light in weight and can be installed in a matter of seconds. We supply these tapes along with a strong, two-sided tape pasted behind. So all you have to do is peel this tape and paste the sign at its intended location.

Premium Looks

The foil on top has an extremely rich looking brush metal finish. This ensures a rich and classy look for our office interiors.

As a matter of fact, apart from gold and silver ply, we can make classy looking nameplates from black/white acrylic and even reflective mirror acrylic, as shown in the image below.

Maintenance Free

Metallic plates need to be polished on a regular basis to maintain their lustre and prevent oxidation. But our ABS plates are made of PVC, and are corrosion-free. They will not rust like regular metal nor do they require any kind of polishing/maintenance.

Low Cost

Finally, metal foiled plastic, ABS sheets cost a fraction of their full metal counterparts. So even if your employee were to leave, replacing the nameplates, is not going to affect your bottom line.

Office employee name plates made of different materials like silver and gold laser ply white and black acrylic sheets and even mirror finish reflective acrylic

How to Commission Nameplates for Your Workplace

Ordering personalised nameplates for your office is not very difficult.

First, set a uniform size for all the nameplates in your office. Most architects settle for dimension: 3 inches high * 8 inches wide. 4 * 12 inches size is also visually appealing and pretty popular for larger sized plates.

Next, put in all your employee names (and official positions) in a spreadsheet. Once you mail this info to your sign manufacturer, he should be able to take it from there.

MOQ - Minimum Order Quantity

One other thing that you need to be aware of is that most sign makers will not be able to supply small quantities of plates. The material they cut these plates from (ABS sheets) is generally available in size 4 X 3 feet. And you may be charged for processing the entire sheet.

So fill in as many names as possible in the spreadsheet. Heck, even commission icon plates for the loo, if necessary, to fill up the slack.

How Much Do Gold/Silver Finish Nameplates Cost?

A laser-etched nameplate costs INR 6 per square inch here in India.

This price includes:
A 2 mm thick gold/silver finish ABS sheet
Laser cutting and etching your design on the same
A 2 sided tape on the back, for pasting/installation

So, as an illustration, if your nameplate is of size 8 inches wide X 4 inches high, it should cost you:

8 feet X 4 feet X INR 6 = Rs.192.00 + taxes

Please note that these costs do not include on-site installation.

Like this idea for office design? Need to implement the same for your workplace?

7. Lobby Boards & Name Directories - A Must For Modern Office Interiors

Name directory board for the residents of a co-operative housing society made of an ACP base and name plates made from clear acrylic. Individual name plates can be altered if needed

Large office buildings have tens of departments and hundreds of employees each engaged in different functions and seated at different locations. And as an interior designer, your job will be to communicate the location of all these different people to clients and visitors.

So an Office Name Directory in your lobby/reception is an absolute must.

One way to do this is to simply print all the names out on a sunboard sheet and paste the same on a wall. But this solution will look pretty basic. And what I want is for your directory board to look classy and impress all visitors arriving on our premises.

Moreover, in addition to good looks, the content on lobby boards are also constantly changing.

Employees come and go. Or get assigned to other departments. Corporate functions keep changing. And company structures get revamped. So what we need, is a mechanism by which the names on our lobby board can easily be updated and changed.

And to fulfil both these requirements of looks and functionality, I recommend Modular Name Directories & Signs for the lobbies and reception areas of corporate offices.

Modular name board directory for a hospital showing the various departments and names of the staff. Individual nameplates can be removed or updated if the employees leave.

Modular Directory Boards as the name suggests, come in separate parts and components. These parts are then assembled to create the full name directory board. Also, individual parts can be readily replaced to allow for content change and updation.

Let’s have a quick look at how these modular signs are made.

Components of A Modular Office Name Directory/Board

Our modular sign has three main components that the interior designer needs to be aware of. These are:

  1. Name panels
  2. Edge frames and central dividers
  3. Base structure for assembly
colorful lobby directory board displaying all the departments and employee names in the reception area of a hospital. Modular name board are a great idea for office interior design
Modular name directory board made of polished aluminium plates is a great idea for enhancing corporate office interior decor
Name Panels/Profiles

The actual names of the employees/departments, get printed on panels made of thin strips of aluminium. These individual panels are then slotted in place, to create the larger office lobby board.

These aluminium nameplates, also known as text strips, are available in differing heights.

This means that we can have a taller ‘header’ panel to show the name of the department. Panels of a lesser height are slotted beneath this header panel. These smaller height panels can carry the name of the individual employees working in that department.

Using differently sized (and differently coloured) header panels leads to easy categorisation of all the names on our board.

The front side of these panels is just a flat surface to enable printing. But on the reverse side, these panels have specialised grips. And these are what makes our office directory board such an elegant solution.

These grips allow for slotting of the individual plates in the larger frame. You can also very easily pop out and replace these plates without disturbing the rest of the signboard.

So if you need to change the name of a single employee, all you have to do is remove his nameplate and slot in a new one in the same place.

components of a modular name directory board made of an aluminium edge frame vertical dividers and and slots for employee name plates
Edge Profiles and Columnar Dividers

Our modular office directory board also has very sleek edges. These side profiles create the rectangular frame in which all the individual nameplates get assembled.

The aluminium edge profiles are extremely thin and weigh in at a height of less than an inch when viewed from the sides. So they give our frame a very sleek and compact look.

While edge profiles make for the outside boundary of our directory board frame, our modular signage also comes equipped with dividers. These dividers vertically separate individual columns of names.

And in addition to neatly spacing our signboard into uniform columns, these dividers also add to the strength of the overall frame.

Plastic end caps and slots to hold the name strips of a modular lobby name board in place
Base Structure

Finally, to hold all the nameplates, side profiles and dividers in place, the modular signboard has a base structure on which each of these components can be press-fitted.

While invisible to the casual viewer, this base structure is what holds everything in place. The structure is made of a sturdy plastic mesh with appropriately shaped slots. All the other parts have corresponding grips that fit into these slots.

So all you have to do is push the different components into the mesh structure, much like working with lego blocks.

Have a look at this image below, as an example. You can see end caps with clips made of plastic. Our name profiles have small extrusions on the back surface which get slotted into these clips. The end caps, in turn, hold the nameplates in place.

How to Commission a Name/Directory Board to Enhance Your Office Interiors

The above descriptions may have scared you into thinking that a directory board project is pretty complex. But you need not worry. All you have to do is take two simple steps to start this process.

Figure out What Sized Name Board You Need

Measure the wall on which you plan to fix the board. Then arrive at an approximate dimension for the outside frame of your sign. You need not worry too much about accuracy.

Your signboard manufacturer will provide you with the exact dimensions in the layout he creates for you. But you do need to provide him with a rough idea of what you have in mind.

Create a Detailed Excel File of the Contents Needed on The Board

Type in all the names and departments in a spreadsheet. Add in some blank spaces for new employees or information that may be updated in the future.

Your signboard manufacturer will view each department and name as an individual plate that has to be fitted in the larger signboard.

Armed with the full-frame size and the number of nameplates that have to be included in the lobby board, he can give you a rough sketch of what the final job will look like.

How Much Does A Modular Name Board Cost

Our directory boards are infinitely customisable. They have to be so, to cater to corporate offices having different requirements.

For example, we can fabricate a modular board to carry four, forty or even more name panels.

Different offices have different numbers of departments and sub-departments. Again, individual name panels may have varying heights and sizes. And the directory board needs to be properly configured to reflect all of this information.

So, as signmakers, we need to factor in each of these varying specifications before we can arrive at a meaningful quote.

If you need costings for your name/directory board project, do reach out to us. Mail us all your employee names in an excel file along with the departments they belong to. Also, be sure to specify the size of the wall, on which the board is going to be fitted.

And we’ll get back to you with a proposal for the job.

Conclusion

By now, you probably realised a few things about branding your office interiors. Namely…

  1. It is pretty easy to personalise your office interiors with your own designs or corporate colours
  2. Doing the above will definitely make your workplace a more fun place for your employees
  3. And most importantly, it does not cost an arm and a leg to achieve all this

A few good designs are all you need, to take your wall and glass branding projects ahead. And if you don’t have access to a good designer, PowerPoint should help you in creating great wall posters.

The 3D acrylic logo boards are also a pretty straightforward solution. To make them happen, all you have to do is mail your logo file and preferred dimensions to your local sign shop.

Nameplates and directory boards are absolute no brainers as well. Create a detailed excel file containing all your requirements, to commission the job. And your sign maker will take care of the rest.

Finally, I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I did, writing it.

And if it managed to get your creative juices flowing, or if it gave you some innovative ideas to personalise your workspace, I will consider my efforts well rewarded.

Do let me know which of these interior decoration tips were implemented by you. And be sure to share your own thoughts and ideas on this subject, in the comments section below.

Until then, Happy Decorating!

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