Creating Inspired Spaces on a Limited Budget

With a bit of imagination, we have found that it is possible to do a little refreshing and get more mileage out of a space that has become dated or is less than inspiring. Even though it isn’t always the ultimate solution, a modest investment can often make enough of a difference to start prompting other changes.

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SIX WAYS TO CREATE IMPACT IN YOUR LIBRARY

1. UPDATED SEATING

Updating seating provides a perfect opportunity to introduce new styles and colors into a space. This also allows for more variety, incorporating mobility and providing for power and data options.

2. IMPACTFUL SIGNAGE

Introducing colorful graphics is an inexpensive way to create impact and add personality. A variety of materials are available depending upon desired appearance, budget and how permanent the application will be. Incorporating clear and simple signage that either complements or matches the other graphics in the area adds to the self-service nature of the area and is another way to tie together the desired color and style of a space.

3. FLEXIBLE DISPLAY

Introducing a few interesting, flexible display fixtures is a way to provide merchandising for a browsing collection or special features and also begins introducing complementary mixed-material furniture to update a space. Often traditional and transitional or contemporary styles can coexist in a space, creating interest and a more modern look.

4. INSPIRING END PANELS

When the opportunity exists to refresh or add end panels to shelving, they are another way to introduce merchandising opportunities, reinforce a new color story or add personality in the form of relevant graphics.

5. REDUCED CLUTTER

The least expensive way to make an impact in a space is to reduce the clutter that has accumulated over the years. Taking a look at a space through the eyes of a newcomer can be effective. The accumulation of excess materials and equipment is often overlooked on a daily basis but provides opportunities to reclaim additional space or simply make an area more inviting and ready to take on a new look.

6. MAXIMIZED SPACES

Finally, take advantage of under utilized space. Take a look at the floor plan and see how the space is really being used. It may be an opportunity to remove furniture that is no longer being used, or at least rearrange to get better space utilization. Don’t overlook areas around poles or on walls that can be used for additional display areas or provide an opportunity to get more technology located in a space.

Author

Janet Nelson

Janet Nelson

Janet is the former Director of Library Engagement and Solutions at Demco. She managed and developed relationships with key industry leaders to understand changing library trends and services.