All business premises where the clients must enter and spend time inside doing one thing or another would benefit from having high quality and attractive facilities and equipment. A posh restaurant with fancy lighting, nice drapes, glass dishes and stainless steel silverware is likely to have more customers, than one with plastic everything, old metal chairs and other lackluster items.

Ways you can give your existing place of business or a new one an elegant and luxurious look by doing just a few things that don’t have to be expensive:

Don’t put up walls

Take the walls for instance. Just by giving old brick walls a shiny coat or wood paneling sanding and a varnish, you can make an extreme difference in the way your place makes people feel when they walk inside. Think light when it comes to the color of the walls, and your place will have a bright and spacious charm.

Shine a little light

The lighting can be made more elegant too. Installing new lights or moving old ones can be pricey. Instead, what you can do is have brighter bulbs in some light fixtures and lower wattage bulbs in other areas. This way, when customers come in, they can immediately look around and decide where they want to sit based on their mood. There are other things you can do with the lights too. You can put up chandeliers in the center of a room and also put inexpensive metal wire frames around other lights. During daylight hours, if possible, make use of outdoor lighting so that your place has a natural ambiance.

The décor

Putting up art on the walls. Having plants both potted ones on the floor and hanging are other things you can do. If your clients will be seated next to windows, then make sure the view is a captivating one.

Extra Features

Music should be suited to your target client’s tastes as much as possible. Fans can be upgraded to fancy wooden ceiling fans or AC units. Air conditioning does a few highly beneficial things; it keeps your customers cool, and it also keeps away stale odors, dust buildup and the formation of mold. A balance between capital planning and planned expenses is always on the cards while starting

Lay out the red carpet

Flooring should be as high quality as possible. It doesn’t cost much to give wooden floors a new coat of wax or fix broken tiles. Tables should also be nice. In a restaurant, it is important that tables are of a high enough quality that when they are wiped clean they look hygienic and inviting.

Once you start looking, you will find that there are lots of inexpensive things you can do to make your place closer to 5-star quality for your clients and increase your revenue. Remember to look for bargains. Always buy supplies and furniture from a business that sells specifically for commercial establishments as you will be buying in bulk and this is the best way to get good deals. Even within this, such companies have specials and two-for-one deals so make sure you get as much bang for your buck as possible.

There are many things to ponder when you are starting your business, and no deliberation can be too much for such a critical phase of planning.

By Eddy

Eddy is the editorial columnist in Business Fundas, and oversees partner relationships. He posts articles of partners on various topics related to strategy, marketing, supply chain, technology management, social media, e-business, finance, economics and operations management. The articles posted are copyrighted under a Creative Commons unported license 4.0. To contact him, please direct your emails to [email protected].