Offices can be pretty boring – a chair, a desk, a filing cabinet – not very inspirational. But we can bring in a few things that will make our workspace feel more like a work haven.
You may not be able to paint the walls, but you can bring in furniture and knick-knacks to make your office more cheerful or relaxing. The psychology of color says red can get you excited for your job and produce quick work. Blue, green, or purple may add a calming effect if your work tends to be stressful. Add yellow to bring in a happy element and energize people. Orange is considered the color of focus, productivity, and organization, according to the principles of Feng Shui.
Studies show workers experienced a higher quality of life when offices were enriched by plants. Plants improve workspace aesthetics and air quality. A Norwegian study found that desk plants and flowers improve attention rates and help keep people focused on their work. Add wood and stone elements to bring in the outdoors and you won’t feel like you’re stuck in an office all day.
Running diffusers with essential oils can provide relaxation, motivation, or any other emotion you’d like to incorporate into your workspace. Candles or flowers can also effectively add invigorating vibes and warming aesthetic qualities. Be careful not to use overwhelming aromas, they may disturb coworkers or displease clients.
Artwork can provide visual cues for you to stay on track or motivate you. A fun wall clock or a few cool desk items can bring you joy throughout the day. Lamps and vases are a great way to add color and decorate your office to give a more comfortable feel. Having unique office furniture can also bring in an element that may help you express your work in a whole new way.
Integrating some of these tips will help you find the motivation to get your work done and inspire you to work at your fullest potential.