Tips for Productive Office Decor
Working in an office that feels professional and clean, yet homey, and colorful rather than drab, can play a large role in your overall mood and energy while at work! Both the overall design, as well as the personal details, combine to give an office it's feel, for better or worse. With this in mind, it's important to give your office a visual checkup every few months to make sure it's contributing positively to your mood! Here are 5 questions to ask yourself.
- Do I need to pick up and organize clutter?
We all know it's easy to set some papers off to the side for another time. And then to do it again the next day. Pretty soon, the pile starts growing bigger. Perhaps there are multiple piles! Add to that a few errant paper clips, a roll of tape and a random stapler, and you have yourself a mess. It's OK to put things off to the side, but the key is to have an organized place for them!
Suggestion - Invest in an artistic desktop organizer. Below is a vintage wood desk organizer that I find practical and visually appealing. For something even more affordable, a cheap and colorful plastic paper basket will add a useful pop of color.
2. Does I feel spacious or claustrophobic?
Even in a small office, there are tricks to make it feel more spacious!
Suggestions: Arrange furniture so that the center of the space is open. Make the most of natural lighting by keeping window areas unobstructed. Open your shutters during the day and position your computer monitor so as to avoid glare. Perhaps place or hang a mirror on a wall! Mirrors give the impression of added space.
Here is a mirror that will make you smile:
3. Do you feel at home?
When you look around your office, do you just see impersonal objects like paper, a computer, and file folders? Or do you see objects with meaning to you?
Suggestion: Add photos of family and friends! Take a fun trip recently? Frame a photo of it! Need to see your smiling wife, husband or kids before heading into a meeting? Frame a photo of that too!
4. Do you have plant life in your office?
A living, breathing plant adds peaceful energy and aesthetic appeal to any office space.
Suggestion: Place a low-maintenance indoor plant in your office! I personally like peace lillies and snake plants.
5. Do you have art in your space?
Artwork on the walls can serve as a conversation piece while enhancing visual appeal!
Suggestion: Hang peaceful, humorous, or inspirational art on your office walls!
Here are a few ideas:
To recap, clean up the clutter, utilize organization tools, open up the space, take advantage of natural lighting, add a mirror, frame meaningful photos, add plants, and hang some artwork! Then you'll be on your way to having an office that feels good to you!