Cafeterias in Offices – Tips on Creating Corporate Cafeterias

Creating a fun, comfortable and efficient refreshment area is essential for any workspace. Here are a few great ideas for those who are planning on renovating or creating an office cafeteria.

The cafeteria is one place where employees can unwind and relax amidst all the pressures of work. It is also a place where you can discuss business possibilities with potential clients and customers on a more personal level. When you plan to do up the canteen of your office, your interior design ideas need to be effective and functional. How well you maintain your cafeteria and present it, in a way, also reflects on how well you treat your employees. So if you want to create a perfect ten impression on anyone who visits your office, make sure that you have a fabulous looking refreshment area.

Use of appetizing colors

The top priority in designing an eating space is the color. First of all, this is a space where one should be able to relax and then, of course, eat! Using warm colors is proven to increase appetite and even refresh the mind. Colors like yellow, red, orange or even green work really well. If your logo has a specific color, using that as a theme can also add a certain brand identity to the space. However, if the color of your logo is blue, it is best avoided. Blue, apparently, is one of the most unappetizing colors. Also, use a color that will not hold a stain and is easy to maintain, given that many different people are going to be using the space and stains become commonplace.

The furniture

The office interiors must have effective cafeteria furniture included in it. Comfort and simplicity are the key elements that you ought to keep in mind when you are purchasing furniture for the eating area. Materials like fiber, plastic or metal are the most preferred due to ease of maintenance. It is a fact that not everyone will be as gentle and neat as you expect them to be. Choose simple chairs and tables that are comfortable for those using it.

Infuse hygiene into the design

Hygiene is critical in a space that involves food. So, in keeping with the need to have a space that is appealing, you must also make the design functionally effective. Having separate areas for soiled utensils, washing area with high end plumbing and counters that allow easy service is very important. Garbage disposal is another major issue that you may face when you are dealing with a large footfall in a limited space. So, make sure that your interior design ideas touch upon these nitty-gritty essentials.

Make the place work for you

Finally, take your refreshment area a step ahead of being just a place where people come, eat and walk away. Use the walls in this space to send out motivational ideas to your employees. Pictures of world leaders and inspirational personalities, quotes that inspire and even murals that have a moral can be subtle ways of passing on a message. Since it is an unwind space, you can also arrange for recreation like board games, dart games or books. Use novel ideas to make the cafeteria employee friendly and show people who work for you that you care.

Source by Vishal Saraf

How to Price a Wall Mural and Develop a Price Sheet – For Artists

One of the most common challenges for artists is determining what to charge for a wall mural project. Developing a structure and system will make it so much easier for you.

But how do you develop a price structure for wall murals? Simple – follow the lead of many of the top muralists. Create a price sheet that lists a per-square-foot fee as well as all of the possible additional charges.

How to create your price sheet:

1 – Determine a price per square foot that you will charge for most every mural (most artists charge between $30 – $50 per square foot. You can charge on the higher end if you have experience and are in high demand. Go for the lower end if you are new at mural painting.)

2- Include additional charges to be added to your price per square foot, such as:

  • Add a design fee for designing and sketching the artwork (we charge $500 and it’s non-refundable)
  • Add a per/hour charge if extraneous work is required to prepare a problem surface (we charge $95/hour)
  • Add $3 – $5 per square foot if the design the client is requesting is of great complexity or difficulty.

3 – The price sheet should include a list of what your charges include (travel in the local area, assistant fees, all materials and scaffolding.)

4 – The price sheet should include a list of what your charges DO NOT include (travel outside the local area, insurance fees, sketches beyond the first 3 sets of changes.)

5 – There should be a minimum charge for small murals. We charge a minimum of $5,600.00, even if the mural is very small. This is because the time involved in painting a small mural is not much less than a larger one.

Once you have your pricing figured out, keep in mind that you can change it anytime. If you find that you are charging too little, increase your per square foot fee. If you find that your pricing is too high to sustain business, than drop the fees a little.

When you have a price sheet on hand, it’s so much easier to have a professional conversation with a prospective client. If they ask “What do you charge for a wall mural?” You can confidently say, “The fee is $35.00 per square foot (or whatever your charge is) and I can send you a price sheet with additional details if you’d like.

For a sample Mural Price Sheet, go to How to Price A Wall Mural. You can copy and paste the price sheet in that post and plug in your own numbers.

Keep in mind, your client will be happy that you have a written price sheet. This tells them that you are professional, and that will give them greater confidence in your work.

One final thought on price quotes for wall murals: Be sure to get a 50% deposit up front before buying the materials needed. This requirement should be printed on your price sheet as well.

Source by Maria Brophy