Designing Your Office Space

Designing Your Office Space

You want to be in a comfortable environment with and inviting atmosphere to enhance your mood and boost productivity.  But you also want to add your own personal style.  It is all about comfort, inspiration and your own personal touch.  The ambience in any room can affect our mood, and in our office, we want to feel motivated, determined and productive!  So, create a happy, colourful, artistic but also a well organised space.  This will lead to a happy and healthy work environment.

Lighting 

 

Optimizing lighting is one of the easiest ways to boost your energy.  Make the most of your natural light by keeping window areas unobstructed.  If you do have windows in your office and they have blinds, keep them open during office hours.  Good lighting is one of the most important elements of a well-designed office.  Natural light will uplift your mood and workspace.  Position your chair and desk by the window, don’t stare at a wall all day!  If natural light in your office space is limited, try bright white light bulbs – place a funky bright lamp on your desk.

Colour and Accents

Another fun way to brighten up and spruce up your office is with an accent wall.  Why not integrate your brand/company colours.  Paint or wallpaper an accent wall and leave the rest of your office light and neutral.  The right colours can have a powerful psychological impact on you, causing you to feel happier, motivated and productive.

Outline different spaces with rugs.  Rugs are a great way of outlining various spaces without creating physical barriers.  If you have larger space with multiple sections, separate those areas with rugs.  If your office is smaller, you can still add rugs by placing them underneath furniture to act as nice accents.

Colours have a huge impact on our emotions; warm colours can evoke different emotions than cool colours and bright colours can create different feelings than muted colours.

RED, ORANGE and YELLOW evoke feelings of happiness, optimism and energy

Use red as an accent colour in moderation as it can be overwhelming

Orange enhances feelings of vitality and happiness

Yellow is energetic and associated with laughter, hope and sunshine

GREEN, BLUE and PURPLE are calming and soothing

Green symbolizes heath, new beginnings and wealth

Blue evokes feelings of calmness and spirality s well as security and trust

Purple is associated with creativity, royalty and wealth

Neutral colours include black, grey, white, tan and brown

Use black, grey and white when using brighter colours.  

Keep track of time with a big clock on your wall.  This is also a modern way to decorate your office wall.

And how about a fun vision board for motivation and to increase your productivity? Not only can you have your to do list and calendar on there, but you could add motivational quotes and a list and pictures of your future goals as well.

Overall you want to create a space where you will feel comfortable, feel motivated and be inspired.  Design your office according to what you like and create and interior where you will feel comfortable in the space where you spend most of your time.

 

Hang large works of art

Art is always a great way to add interest to any room, so why not add some art to your office as well?  You can be bold with vibrant colours and eye-catching images or go the simple route with black and white.  Choose something you love; something to brighten up your day, every day! 

Furniture

Choose a unique interior with funky furniture - accent tables for a cool centrepiece, some poufs, modern chairs and why not throw in a rug to separate spaces and create a cosy vibe.  There are so many ways to create your own unique style when decorating your office.  Don’t disregard the importance of comfort when choosing your office furniture.  You want practicality and comfortability, you want to have a productive day, not struggle with back pain making you miserable and feeling demotivated, so try out furniture before you buy it.  Why not repurpose older items?  Mass-produced corporate furniture is not your only option.  You can buy more unique items at antique or second-hand stores – update them with paint or upholstery.  If you have a smaller office, use minimalist furniture that don’t take up too much floor space – you don’t want to feel cramped.

Staying Organized

In your office a minimalist aesthetic not only creates a chick look but makes things easier for you with less clutter lying around.  Use tall shelves or vertical storage so that it takes up less floor space.  You can create structure and purpose with filing cabinets, transparent blinders, or shelves that line the perimeter of the room.  Declutter your desk and stay and feel organized by incorporating neat and tidy storage boxes where you can keep your stationary, papers and miscellaneous office supplies that are lying around.

Add flowers and Plants

Incorporate greenery to your workspace and bring feel-good vibes to your space.  Flowers look and smell good and they make you feel good!  Have a vase or two in your office for an uplifting vibe. Having fresh flowers everyday can get expensive so why not breathe life into your office with potted plants - they literally breathe life into your office by improving and purifying the air quality.  Potted plants can also help you separate spaces in a natural way.  Why not go for succulents in unique textures and colours.  Decorative vases and pots will also enhance your interior.