When you work from home, you need to have a nice place in your house that is yours, which is also secluded from other noise and distractions. At the same time, you also want to make this an area where you can work and enjoy your atmosphere.
The same holds true for employees and professionals that have their own cubicle or workspace as well.
If you are looking to spruce things up and make your workspace more enjoyable, then you my friend, have come to the right place. Let’s jump straight to it. Below you’ll find the best recommendations to turn your office from drab to fab with four office must haves.
To kick things off, let’s take a look at what my home office looks like today! For more pictures and guidance on how I set up my home office, be sure to check out the full article here.
Now, let’s move on to five helpful decor tips that you can start using to improve your own workspace!
Office Must Haves #1: Natural Light
The modern trend is shifting toward spaces flooded with natural light. The effects of natural light both energizes and inspires your employees. It’ll increase their productivity and happiness. We’re talking large, clear windows with the curtains drawn back.
Evaluate your present sources of light. Open your curtains or shutters. Do they allow enough light to come through? If not, and if you can’t replace the windows, consider changing to full-spectrum light-bulbs.
Full-spectrum bulbs offer up the same spectrum of light as our sun. You can choose wavelengths that imitate morning, afternoon, or evening sunlight to create an awesome office space.
#2 Plants and Flowers
In addition to natural light, plants and flowers will lend your industrial office an organic quality. Don’t settle for fake flowers. Regardless of what you’ve been told, they won’t give your office an organic feel.
Stick with the real stuff. Potted plants work wonders. If you water them every few days, you’ll have them for years.
Bouquets of flowers are far better, but they can be expensive. You can always compromise. Buy fresh flowers during the summer at farmers markets. They’re much less expensive than florists.
For the rest of the year, keep a few potted flowers around. Lilies are our recommendation.
#3 Interactive Whiteboard
Whiteboards are paramount in today’s communal workplaces. They offer your staff a place to throw around ideas and think through strategies. If you leave your written work on the board between sessions, your staff will unconsciously continue developing ideas.
It’s also a simple way to keep all your business’s ideas in one place. It’s much easier and less time consuming than dozens of back-and-forth email chain letters. With whiteboards, you can take in the entire scope of your strategy in one glance.
Don’t worry, they’re not hard to find. Here are a few suggested online stores for office goodies (outside of Amazon):
Next, let’s talk about your furniture choices.
#4 Comfortable Chairs
No, we’re not talking Barcaloungers. We’re talking office chairs, seats, and stools. The only reason to furnish your office with uncomfortable chairs is that you want to push people to leave. That works fine in cafeterias and coffee shops.
For everything else, think ergonomically. When your visitors or your staff sit in a comfortable chair, their stress levels decrease. This leads to an increase in their productivity.
Comfortable chairs are also a sign of prestige. They work the same as a stylish desk or a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. They signal people that you care about more than the function of your space.
You also care about the people in it.
#5 Add Some Minimalist Art and Photos
Have you ever been to a home of office where there are pictures and photos all over the place? Sometimes it can get quite overwhelming.
There is nothing wrong with having motivational messages or pictures of your loved ones around you, but there are nice ways to set this up as well.
Try to stick with only a few art frames or photos on your desk, and make sure they have a nice frame and compliment the area around you.
It also couldn’t hurt to add some motivational posters to your walls for those days that you need an extra work ethic pick-me-up.
Now that you’ve discovered our office must haves, it’s time to start shopping. But, before you do, evaluate your present office style. Look at your color schemes and overall style. Then you can match your new goodies and your old.
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So long and good luck!