How to Decorate Your Office Walls with Style

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Walls are like blank canvases waiting to be embellished and decorated. They can provide unlimited source of inspiration, especially in the office where you need visual and creative stimulation. Wall décor can motivate you to work, help you relax and focus and even indirectly enhance your problem-solving skills. And with these creative ideas, you’ll be able to design a truly inspiring and stylish office.

Use colours differently

The power of colours has a certain psychology behind it, so why not use it to your advantage? Painting your office walls completely in grey or white can be quite demotivating and boring. On the other hand, implementing particular hues, such as energising red, inspiring yellow, relaxing blue and soothing green, can help you achieve a certain effect, helping you focus or sparking your creativity. However, use colours in moderation because the excessive use of a particular hue can have a negative effect on your mood.

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Decorate with wallpapers

Wallpapers are one of the most popular trends for this year that can truly elevate your office décor. You can transform a wall into the focal point of your office using a certain wallpaper design. For a touch of elegance, you can use a textured design with bronze or gold finishes. Certain designs, such as metallic patterns or abstract buildings, can promote the strength of your business or enhance your focus.

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Embellish with wall panels

Adding a touch of nature to your office can promote peacefulness and productivity. Implementing decorative panels made of natural materials is great way to achieve this while also embellishing your office walls. You can choose from a variety of stylish designs and pick one that fits your personal taste and office style perfectly. Not only will you decorate your walls, but you’ll also create a powerful décor statement.

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Don’t forget artwork

Art is always a beautiful embellishment that can fill your office with inspiration and creativity. It can style up your workplace, provide you with inspiration when needed and help you express your personality through office design. The very arrangement of artwork can be a decorative statement. You can create a gallery wall and exhibit your favourite works of art. However, you shouldn’t go completely overboard with artwork because it may be distracting. Instead, try to pick just a few favourite pieces and experiment with their arrangement.

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Create a living wall

Introducing greenery to your office can boost your productivity significantly by making your office more enjoyable, increasing the indoor air quality and filling it with soothing green. And creating a living wall in your office is a stylish way to achieve this. Living walls have become a popular solution for offices, especially for those that don’t have an inspiring view. Creating one in your office will also make it cosier since plants will provide you with an additional layer of insulation. Whether you create a vertical garden on your own or hire a professional, you’ll have a beautiful, natural wall embellishment.

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Add clocks

With interesting, inspiring designs, clocks can also be a lovely office accessory. You can implement several ones that show time in your favourite cities around the globe. Not only will clocks decorate your wall, but they can also keep you productive or remind you of important deadlines.

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Office design can have a major impact on your productivity and focus, so make sure to decorate your walls in an inspiring and stimulating way.

 

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This post was written by Catherine, a passionate home design consultant from Melbourne. She loves making homes beautiful and buildings sustainable, but she also like sharing her advice and knowledge with people. That is why she is also a regular contributor to the Smoothdecorator blog. Besides all this, she loves reading and enjoys a superhero movie from time to time.

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How to Soundproof Your Office and Reduce Noise Distractions

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Noise is one of the major workplace issues plaguing offices around the world, no matter the layout, no matter the design concept. Cramming a bunch of people together with little chance of privacy or separation might be a good solution for boosting employee cooperation and it certainly corresponds with the latest interior design trends.

However, you also need to introduce some contemporary noise canceling solutions into your office space in order to make this popular concept work. Here are the top five effective ways to help you soundproof your office and reduce noise distractions.

Introduce “soft” flooring

First things first, does your office floor scream in agony every time a heel stomps across the room? Does it squeak and ache all day long as people are moving about from desk to desk, moving their chairs, and running to make their meetings? You need a better floor.

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Noisy, hard flooring surfaces such as wood, ceramic, and porcelain might look nice, but they are not meant to decorate a hectic office environment. Instead, opt for a more subtle flooring option, such as a carpet, or even better, vinyl flooring as it’s easier to maintain and it absorbs sounds quite effectively. Add the right amount of rubber underlayment and you will cancel out the stomping noise almost completely.

Dedicate quiet areas

One of the best ways you can counteract the free, open feel of a modern office design is to dedicate quiet areas in certain spots people can take their work to, in order to enjoy some productive alone time. Everyone needs a breather every once in a while so don’t hesitate to section out a piece of the office with sound-proof glass walls.

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There are two ways you can approach this concept: common quiet areas, and individual quiet areas. Bear in mind that with common silent areas you will need to enforce some strict no talking, ringing, or running rules.

Don’t forget the furniture

Believe it or not, furniture plays a key role in the level of noise your office space produces, and one of the best ways to reduce noise distractions on a daily basis is to introduce some sound-friendly furniture. This means everything from chairs with bottom paddings to cozy sofas in your common and creativity areas.

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These are excellent in bringing forth the aesthetics of the room, and more importantly, they don’t produce a lot of noise when the place is crowded. Think about introducing beanbag chairs as well in your lounge areas.

Add acoustic wall panels

Another great way to ensure peace and positivity flow through the office space is to outfit your walls with noise reduction panels. Pay special attention to your conference room and other areas where peace and quiet are of the utmost importance in order for great ideas to come to life.

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An added benefit of acoustic panels is that they come in a wide range of design options, so you are bound to find a design that corresponds perfectly with the rest of your office space and your brand as well.

Use greenery for noise reduction

Finally, by strategically positioning various greenery around the office, you can greatly reduce noise distractions and even allow people to have a sense of privacy as well. Use potted plants around workstations to frame certain spots and even section off complete areas with indoor vertical gardens or green backdrops.

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Not only will bigger plants absorb and block more noise, but they will also elevate the aesthetic appeal of the office. Moreover, you will improve indoor air quality and give your employees the chance to rest their eyes by admiring the soothing green hues.

A 21st-century office can be quite a noisy and stressful place. Fortunately, by introducing these modern soundproofing options, you will have no problem creating a peaceful, thriving office setting everyone will love.

 

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The above article is provided by Catherine, a passionate home design consultant from Melbourne. She loves making homes beautiful and buildings sustainable, but she also like sharing her advice and knowledge with people. That is why she is also a regular contributor to the Smoothdecorator blog. Besides all this, she loves reading and enjoys a superhero movie from time to time.

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Ways to Foster Your Creative Start-Up Business with A Collaborative Work Environment

Have a look at some of the best companies globally. If there is one thing that you will notice in all of them it is that they have a collaborative work environment which helps them move towards organizational success.

Collaboration is so important because it works. For most of the companies, it is a paradigm shift, which changes the focus from individual accomplishment to team success. Here are some of the ways in which you can foster your startup with a collaborative work environment.

Pay Attention to the Interior

A lot of startups make some common mistakes i.e. they either pay too much attention to the interior, or they don’t care about it all. If you want to attract the top talent, you need to have a pleasant working space. If you are looking for inspiration, head to http://www.theworkpod.co.

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Communicate Company Expectations

You need to tell your people that collaboration is the minimum standard. It is important that all the people understand their roles and responsibilities, in order to pave the way for a productive environment.

Set Goals For all the Members of the Team

How can the team members be successful if you don’t set SMART goals for them? SMART goals are goals specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound. Making sure that the team is aligned to their goals will give you the desired outcomes. As the manager, it is important that you re-evaluate the goals after every quarter or after hitting a milestone.

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Pave Way for Creativity

You need to allow your team members to pitch in ideas and to work on their pace if you want to pave way for creativity. Encourage your team to take up challenges and introduce leadership training programs to build character. In order to have creative employees, you need to lay the foundation right, that is, you need to hire people who will give in their 100%.

Build Cohesion

The key to success is to include all the members of the team in as many decisions as possible. Having an open communication channel always works in the favor of a company because a lot of ideas are put on the table for everyone to talk about.

Know Your Team

Different members of the team will bring in different skills and experiences that will help the company out. It is a good idea to have all the members of the team complete a personality profile, so that you can know about their strengths and weaknesses.

Reward Them

If your team performs well, make sure that you reward them because it is very important to keep them motivated.

Having a collaborative work place is very important for a startup. If this is your first time managing a business, you need to be consistent and well as purposeful.

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The above post is provided by Craig, a writer and blogger for Full Steam Consulting in Australia. He likes sports and the arts as well. When he’s not working and spending time with his family, he loves to make film photobooks and write scripts for cinema.

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Get Your Office Holiday Ready With These Festive Decorations

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There’s something magical about the holiday season, no matter which holidays you recognize. If you’re looking for a way to infuse holiday spirit into your work scene, look no further, we’ve got some great ideas for you.

1) Add a holiday garland!

For a classy way to infuse your corporate or home office with spirit, drape a festive holiday garland across your reception desk, office door or bookcase.

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If you’re in the market for a great garland,  the Snowed Berry, Pine Cone, Berry & Pine garland from Silk Plants Direct is a gorgeous faux option that has vibrant red berries and very true to life looking pine needles.

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We were very impressed with the quality of the garland we received from them in return for an honest review. The Office Envy staff paired one with each book case to infuse our workspace with holiday cheer.

In addition to being very lifelike, the garland was fairly malleable so that it could be molded to fit a variety of spaces. The nice thing about faux foliage, of course, is it requires no watering, so if you won’t be spending time in your office over the holidays, you don’t need to worry about pine needles falling over and requiring clean up when you return.

2)   Light it up!

Instant holiday spirit AND you add a little extra light to your space, which can make you feel cheerier about working after the sun has gone down. Consider adding twinkling strings of lights in your work space, and in communal halls.

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3) Bring a festive plant into your work space.

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Bringing a vibrant, decorated desk plant, whether real or faux, into your work space or reception area is another great way to infuse a dusting of holiday spirit into your office.  Consider red or white (real or faux) flowers, or buy a few extra tree ornaments and dangle them from your favorite petite plant to make it more festive.

Can’t decide what type of plant to invest in? Make it easy on yourself and buy a silk pointsettia plant that will store away easily until the most magical time of the year rolls around again, like this colorful, lifelike one from Silk Flowers Direct.

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4) Go ahead, go all out

If you work in a cubicle and  live your life waiting for the holiday season to roll around again — it’s here, go ahead and own it by transforming your workspace into a gingerbread house, Santa’s workshop or The Polar Express. If you’ve got spirit, let it show — this is your time to shine. Even better, make it a contest and challenge you cube-neighbor to see who can outdo the other this year…and then again next year…and the year after that…

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The above post was written by Office Envy staff. If you’re interested in learning more about how faux foliage can enhance your workplace decor during the holiday season or year round, connect with Silk Plants Direct on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Pinterest! No money was exchanged for this post, although Office Envy staff did receive product in exchange for an unbiased review of the product received.

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5 Gadgets and Apps That Help Us Get Through the Workday

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While a lot of people are talking about technology as something that has the potential to change the industry on a massive scale, they often forget about the ways in which it makes individuals more productive. We’re not even talking about the industry-specific apps that are designed to automate your sales process or something similar to that but about apps and gadgets that can help you organize, communicate and overall function better in the workplace. Here are five of them.

Skype

The first thing that everyone in an overcrowded office knows is just how hard is to communicate with a person across the room without disturbing their coworkers. Luckily, with IM services like Skype, WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, one can deal with this in a simple, smart and elegant manner. Here, however, Skype usually goes to the forefront both due to its reliability and versatility and the fact that it’s not nearly as distracting as Facebook.

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Dropbox

Dropbox is another vital app for an office worker. With it, you no longer need to rely on the above-listed IM software, which usually have a cap on the size of a file you can send. Furthermore, it also avoids having you use a flash drive, which, yet again requires a lot of footwork. This kind of in-house data transfer creates a lot of distracting traffic and takes you away from your post for longer than necessary.

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Silent peripherals

The number three on this list goes to silent peripherals. By getting a silent keyboard and mouse for every single person in the room, one is ensuring that the office is significantly less noisy and, therefore, a better working environment. Furthermore, it gives every single employee a higher degree of autonomy, seeing as how their boss can no longer hear them minimizing all those browser windows they’ve opened during their break.

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Label writer

For all those who work in a storage room, having access to a device such as the Dymo LabelWriter 450 Turbo is a most definite must. Just being able to type a label and stick it onto the box or a file instead of having to write it down manually makes your life so much easier. Moreover, depending on your handwriting, it makes navigation for people browsing the storage significantly more reliable.

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Cable clips

Finally, while the amount of time you lose looking for your cables that have simply fallen off the table may not be that great, you should never underestimate the frustration caused by this. Now imagine if such a thing was to happen to you in sequence over and over again. Not only are you at risk of losing focus but might even develop a full-fledged cable-induced neurosis. Luckily, with gadgets as simple, inexpensive and efficient as cable clips, you can easily avoid this ordeal.

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At the end of the day, while none of these items or tools may be deemed as completely ground-breaking, in their own way, each of these helps make your average day in the office a bit easier to bear. By doing so, they are also helping you focus and outperform yourself on days you would otherwise do below-average. This way, one could even argue that these five simple trends are even capable of pushing an entire industry forward, one step at a time.

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The above article is written by Catherine, a passionate home design consultant from Melbourne. She loves making homes beautiful and buildings sustainable, but she also like sharing her advice and knowledge with people. That is why she is also a regular contributor to the Smoothdecorator blog. Besides all this, she loves reading and enjoys a superhero movie from time to time.

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Workspace Group Relaunches ‘Club Workspace’ Co-working Brand

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Workspace Group, providers of flexible office space across London, relaunched its Club Workspace brand this month in a bid to enhance users’ experience of co-working. The renewed strategy features a fresh look for the brand alongside an improved website, promoting the new range of membership packages designed to provide greater flexibility to customers.

Co-working has been gradually gaining traction in the UK following a surge of popularity in the United States. It is a work style conceived primarily for those businesses without traditional office space requirements who, nevertheless, can benefit from a flexible work area shared by a like-minded and supportive business community. The precise configuration of co-working style can vary by provider, with the typical model encouraging members to occupy available desks and tables within designated shared workspaces, although this may change as the discipline continues to evolve.

GGclub07An early pioneer of business clubs and co-working communities, Workspace launched Club Workspace in 2011 catering to the increased demand for small occupancy offices from freelancers and start-ups during the financial crisis. Club Workspace now offers five membership packages, including the latest “Hangout” option which sees shared working space integrated with on-site reception and café areas . The brand has gone from strength to strength – from five Clubs, the company has expanded to a total of 18 (soon to be 19), with membership more than doubling between 2011 and 2016.

Workspace’s buildings are notable for featuring unique, design-led architectural environments and have attracted a significant amount of businesses with a tech and creative focus. Members will continue to enjoy the usual benefits of working at Club locations including high speed, business-grade Wi-Fi, high-specification meeting rooms and a packed, business-focussed events calendar encouraging networking and collaboration.

The main focus of the relaunch is the unveiling of new and refreshed membership options the company says will further encourage the growth of small businesses and co-working culture in England’s capital.

 

Club Workspace Full Membership

Unlimited access to all co-working clubs across London, covering the whole selection stretching from Bethnal Green to Southwark, Chancery Lane to Portobello and more. Allowing you to turn up and work whenever you like, it’s the ideal package for freelancers and part-time workers on the move as well as established businesses who need extra space. Full members also receive additional benefits in the form of increased space, communal kitchen facilities and free refreshments. Cost: £300 per month.

Club Workspace Hangouts

Receive access to a selection of ten co-working locations, five days a week. The Hangout spaces are situated within the buzzing communal areas of Workspace properties, offering freelancers and consultants a step up from a home office without facing an unachievable increase in overheads. Cost: £150 per month.

Your Desk at Club

As a Your Desk member, you choose one Club Workspace location as your home station. Accessible from Monday to Friday, a dedicated and lockable desk is reserved exclusively for your use. The desks are specially designed to feature an inbuilt pin-board and secure storage facilities allowing members to safeguard their belongings overnight. This package is aimed at those who require a more private work environment while still wanting to benefit from the co-working culture. Cost: from £275 per month.

Team Rooms

Team Rooms at Club Workspace offer a private space for teams of up to eight people, representing a great middle ground between co-working and full office space occupancy. The rooms are exclusive and securely lockable, though no further away from the communal co-working areas within Workspace buildings. Teams enjoy all the usual Club Workspace benefits in addition to printing facilities and refreshments covered by the monthly cost. Cost: from £2000 per month.

Most Club Workspaces are open from 8am ‘til 8pm from Monday to Friday, although many centres – such as the Clubs at Barley Mow, Cargo Works and Quality Court for example – offer 24 hour access. Plans are in the pipeline to extend this scheme to all properties. Another much-lauded benefit of Club membership is the chance to qualify for a preferential rates and reduced deposits when moving into a private office space at a Workspace Group property. On average at least one Club customer per month expands into a traditional Workspace office property.

Also introduced with the relaunch are the new Club Workspace Day Passes, valid at any Club Workspace location and available individually or in packs of 10. The Day Pass makes it easy to sample the co-working experience for yourself, to utilise Club facilities and benefits on an ad hoc basis, or offer the same to associated colleagues, friends and freelancers. This is in addition to regular Co-working Open Days, hosted in locations across the entire portfolio, featuring refreshments and networking opportunities which are open to the public.

Further details can be read at Workspace’s dedicated co-working page.

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5 Ways to Incorporate Nature in the Workplace

Incorporating natural elements into the workplace is gaining popularity.  Not only will your office look more pleasing, but your work can benefit from it as well, since research shows that being around nature can improve your efficiency.  So, let’s take a look at five ways to achieve this successfully.

 

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1.    Go green – bring in some plants

One of the most obvious ways you can incorporate nature into your office is by bringing in some plants. Not only will they look great and bring a new energy to your workspace, but they will be beneficial to your health as well since they will filter the air and enrich it with oxygen. These plants can be planted in decorative pots and placed on the office desks, or you can craft creative hanging floral installations. However, make sure that the plants you choose are not high-maintenance since you don’t want to find them dried out after a three-day-long business trip.

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2.    Make sure that there is enough daylight

It has been proven that daylight can significantly increase a person’s productivity. Not only will you and your colleagues feel better and more eager to work in naturally lit rooms, but your office will save on lighting costs as well. Now that you know this, it won’t be surprising to you that hundreds of companies started adding skylights to their office design and consequently noticed a significant change in their employees’ productivity.

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3.    Opt for eco-friendly appliances

If you have a small kitchen as a part of your office, you should opt for eco-friendly appliances. Besides not being harmful to the environment, they are extremely cost-efficient as well. Furthermore, it has been shown that employees working in offices with fully-equipped kitchens were much more content with their workplace and thus more motivated to work harder. So, if your office does not resemble one of these, we heartily recommend that you consider installing the amazing ASKO appliances in your workspace. We guarantee you’ll be surprised with the results.

 

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4.  Go for earthy colours

Another great way of bringing nature into your office is by decorating it with earthy tones. According to the principles of feng shui, these nuances are particularly helpful for people whose birth element is earth. However, aside from relating this phenomenon solely to feng shui, we can look at it from another angle. Earthy colours are by nature calming and have a soothing effect on people. Thus, it’s not surprising that more and more people opt for them when decorating the space where they tend to spend a lot of time. It’s also firmly believed that such nuances can help you improve your mental stability. These earthy tones resemble nature, which is widely known to have a strong healing effect on people.

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5.    Go for the appropriate artwork

Pictures of nature can be as effective as nature itself, so keep this in mind when choosing the artwork for your office. Photos of natural scenes can make you feel more creative and ready to work hard on your projects. However, you have to be considerate if you share your office with other colleagues since they don’t have to share your taste for art. The best way to create a positive work environment is by consulting them and making mutually accepted decisions.

As you can see, incorporating nature into the workplace is not that hard after all. You just need to let your imagination run wild and consider all possible ways of doing so. Don’t shy away from being innovative. Don’t forget to consider your colleagues’ wishes as well since they also have the right to feel comfortable in their office. Respect their ideas and they will respect yours in return.

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The above post is provided by Tracey Clayton, a full time mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home décor and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.” Find her on Facebook.

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Creative Home Office Ideas: Working from Home in Style

With the business climate as it is, many people carry their work home with them or have full-time at-home jobs, which demands a dedicated space for working, which has to be much more than a couch where you would sit and put your laptop in your lap. Besides being functional, a home office should look nice so that it can inspire productivity and creativity you need to be good at your job. Here are some ideas which will help you succeed in that.

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Tucked in under the stairs

What’s that – there is no room in your house to design a home office? Have you tried with the cute space tucked in beneath your stairs? This space is usually unused, but if you put it to good purpose you would be surprised by what you can achieve. It is perfect to fit in a floating desk. The storage space under it can be well used. Also, you can get creative and install a cork board on the back wall so you can hang your notes or elevate the space with some photos, motivational quotes, and artwork.

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Inside the closet

Another place where you can set up your home office if you have troubles with space is an empty closet. It may sound silly, but converting a closet into a working station can be very functional. While one shelf can serve the purpose of an office desk, the ones above can be used for storing files, documents, office supplies, etc. The best thing about it is that when you are not working, you can simply put away the chair, close the closet doors and hide it in plain sight.

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Fitted into the living space

The living room is the usual suspect for setting up a work station. And why wouldn’t it be? It is comfy, well-designed and you already spend a lot of time in it. Although it is a smart idea to zone the space and visually separate the office from the rest of the room, you should also keep the sense of unity in design. Separate the office with an area rug and different accessories, but keep the style difference subtle. Many of the available console tables in Sydney and other bigger trade centers, have just what you need to set up your laptop and office supplies without standing too much out of the living room feel.

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Vintage warmth

Maybe they didn’t have laptops back in the Victorian era, but they did have beautiful pianos which can be repurposed into an office desk. Such antique appearance can be complemented by a comfy re-upholstered armchair (maybe shabby chic, if that isn’t too feminine for you) instead of an office chair. You can also include old books, picture frames, wooden accessories, etc. This kind of setup would look best in your bedroom by the window.

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Go all out with space

If you are not struggling with finding enough space for your home office, then, by all means, use as much room as you think you need. You can even design an office space for another member of the household. A large bookcase can serve as a perfect storage solution for all of your office supplies. If you include a large and lengthy desk, you can introduce two chairs opposite or next to each other. Such a large office space would look even better if it is painted in lighter colors (e.g. white, beige or gray).

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Go Scandi

Scandinavian interior design is all the rage these days, and it is a perfect choice for a home office since it insists on minimalism. Also, it combines functionality, understated elegance, perfect illumination, and natural touches (natural wood and house plants). The basic things to know about it are that it includes neutral colors like white and grey, and contrasting black and metallic.

With an office inspired by these ideas you will have no troubles doing a few extra hours of work, so get down to designing.

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The above post is provided by Tracey Clayton, a full time mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home décor and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.” Find her on Facebook.

Design Your Office for Profit and to Attract More Clients

For someone in a web-based business, being good at one’s job is not a guarantee for getting clients. It takes more than just being talented or creative to succeed in freelancing. The workspace where you meet your clients in person plays an essential role in pitching your idea or selling services. While we might argue that many clients just want the job done, many of them will base the first impression on the office decoration. Using these tips learn how to ‘sell’ your office design.

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A lasting first impression

When you meet potential clients in your office, you have the advantage of the home ground. But in order to play that role accordingly, you need to create a professional scene. In short words, your office should be compatible with your profession and reflect all your company stands for. Whichever decorating style you choose, focus on creating an atmosphere that is businesslike but at the same time welcoming, pleasant, warm and cosy. Give your visitors something they don’t experience every day. People tend to trust people they meet in warm surroundings. The following paragraphs will give some ideas how to achieve this.

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Visual experience buys and sells

The results of many independent studies have shown that 9 out of 10 people are visually influenced when they are making a purchase. No matter the quality of the product, they are less inclined to pay a considerable sum if the product package is poorly executed. Think of your workspace as a package and ask yourself if the premium service your company is known for has the package it deserves. Being objective and non-biased with your own office isn’t always easy, but visitors’ reactions should tell. Some of often cited negative impressions is archaic and uncomfortable furniture, dusty surfaces, dullness of the walls, poorly hydrated plants and items placed there by chance. Offices all around the world make sure their space is clean, that it has plenty of green lush plants and that their furniture is comfortable and made of quality materials. You can easily follow an example and look for spacious desks and ergonomic office chairs in Sydney, like most Aussie workspaces do.

Effective office layouts and designs

Everyone has had this experience as a customer – you are standing while doing business with a comfortably seated employee. No seats available can mean only two things: either the company’s budget is that tight or their tactics is to get the business done and speed the clients off as quickly as possible. Make sure you have enough seating options in your reception area. Other than functional, your space and furniture arrangement should correspond to the message you want to give. A desk interposed between you and your client sends a message of prestige and low interference in your work. A round table on the other hand, promotes discussion among people.

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Brilliant examples

The design team hired for Atlassian’s office in Austin was challenged to create a loft-like feel in a first generation building. They opted for a tiered platform that encourages clients and employees to socialize and congregate. In addition, there is a hospitality bar, quiet zones, and two outdoor terraces. A stunning example of office design in Sydney is iiNet’s new east coast office. It utilizes virtual reception that lets the iiNet brand to speak for itself. The office floor breaks down traditional cubicles in favour of open collaborative spaces. The designers used colour and theming to introduce elements of playfulness into more formal meeting rooms, making a soft transition towards the informal areas like The Patio, The Family Room and The Games Room.

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The workspace that you present to your clients should reveal your intentions. If you are creative startup entrepreneur, your good taste and style should be seen everywhere. Contrary to many DIY blogs, old furniture and spare pieces assembled randomly won’t give your office a vintage style. On the other hand, being surrounded with beautiful, comfortable furniture and decorative object adds value to your work and raises your clients’ expectations.

*** The above post is provided by Arron Hiddleston from Sydney, Australia.  He is an interior design blogger with three years of experience covering home improvement and garden renovation. He loves sharing meaningful content that educates and inspires people. He is also a regular contributor to Smoothdecorator.com
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Environmental health: What you need to know if you have a home office

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There is no better feeling than working from the comfort of your home. Many people nowadays choose to work from home as it offers better flexibility, relaxation, and a lot less stress than working from an office. Home businesses are gaining popularity since technology has allowed people to work remotely or even start their own business from their homes.

But, what if your home isn’t as safe and cozy as you thought and that your home has an environmental hazard that might not just ruin your health, but outright kill you. Your home may contain hazards that you aren’t even aware of and if you want to enjoy working from home, you might want to check if it’s safe first. Here are a few things concerning environmental health that you need to know if you have a home office.

Asbestos

Asbestos is a silicate mineral that was widely used in construction toward the end of 19th century. It has proven to be a cheap fire-proof and flexible material that can be used in creating concrete, pipes, bricks and other construction material. But, it wasn’t until the early 1900s that harmful and even lethal effects of asbestos were discovered.

In Australia, asbestos was used in construction industry between 1946 and 1980 and its use was banned completely in 2003 due to the danger it poses. However, asbestos is still present in some homes and buildings and people may not even be aware of it. Negative effects of asbestos can take years to emerge and inhaling its fibers causes various diseases such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.

The trouble with asbestos is that you can’t see it or know that it’s in your walls. Moreover, it won’t cause damage if it’s intact. The best way to find out if there’s asbestos in your home is to call professionals that will test the samples of your wall in a laboratory.

If there is a presence of asbestos in your wall, you can choose to leave it alone if it’s intact and monitor it regularly, encapsulate it if it’s mildly damaged or remove it completely. Don’t try to remove it yourself. Instead, you can hire professionals such as experts for asbestos removal in Melbourne that will safely get rid of it.

Pests and rodents

There’s nothing worse than having your home infested by those nasty little critters like cockroaches and rats. Not only are they a hazard to your health and the health of your family members, but they can also cause structural damage to your home. You won’t be able to do much work from your home office if you’re interrupted by pests all the time.

However, dealing with pests on your own may cause even more environmental health issues than you realize. Neurotoxins in bug sprays are dangerous to humans, especially to children, and decaying corpses of rats killed by poison can be found by your kids or pets. It’s safer to call experts that will deal with the issue safely than it’s to tackle it on your own.

Mold

Another danger that can lurk in your home and hinder not just your work, but your health as well is mold. Mold is a type of fungus that spreads by releasing spores. Mold can be found both on the exterior and interior side of your walls, ceilings, and floors. Mold can be extremely dangerous to people with allergies, asthma and weakened immune system.

Mold is usually caused by increased humidity in your home or some rusty pipes that are leaking. Mold that isn’t visible is the most dangerous as you can’t know that it’s there, therefore you won’t remove it on time. If allowed to spread, mold can become a serious environmental health issues for everyone in your home.

If you want to fully enjoy the comfort of working from your home then you must make it safe for you, your family members and even your employees if they work with you or simply visit you at home. Don’t let environmental health issues become a major problem for you and your family. Check your home and make sure you home office is safe for you to start working.

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The above post is provided by Chloe, a young blogger and a huge fan of social media. She enjoys learning and writing about interior design, business, psychology and productivity related topics. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take stunning photographs of beautiful places. You can find Chloe on FB and Twitter.

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