Office Décor Ideas for Enjoyable Workspace

Whether you have the chance to arrange your own cubicle or you have a home office, organizing your working space is always a fun thing to do. Assembling the colour scheme you like, getting comfy furniture, and accessorizing according to your taste and needs – it all helps boost productivity and set your work motivation to the maximum. It’s not just enough to get the work done – there’s something about pleasure, too, so here’s how to make your workspace enjoyable.

1Image credit: homescorner.com

Colour outside the lines

Long gone are the times when the only office-friendly colours were dull shades of beige, white, and grey. When choosing a new paint for your workspace, try to think beyond this. Human bodies react to colours on a psychological level, so don’t take this for granted and choose the wall colour according to the type of work you do. For instance, if you’re into creative industry and always seek for new ideas and solutions, blue and green are your hues. Colour red, on the other hand, is proven to be good for work that requires attention to detail, so make your pick wisely.

Let in a breath of fresh air

There’s no need to point out how important fresh air is while working – it helps clear out your mind and calms down your nervous system. That’s why windows or, in the worst-case scenario, good ventilation is a must. Another thing to worry about is the quality of the air you breathe. The easiest way to purify it is by getting a few office plants. Not only does inside greenery boost your mood, but it can also decrease your stress levels. If you don’t have a green thumb, opt for succulents since they’re well-known for their air-purifying characteristics and are easy to maintain.

2

Image credit: homescorner.com

Find your creature comforts

When it comes to office furniture, two things are to be considered – comfort and practicality. For instance, the chair you work in shouldn’t be too comfy since it can make you sleepy but it should be ergonomically designed to support your lower back and improve your posture. Interior design experts suggest an office should go with rounded furniture since it has been linked with positive emotions. While sitting in circles is good for a collective mindset, straight lines work well with individuality. So, if your work field includes both types of work, consider contrasting your rounded furniture with straight line cheap rugs to maximise your and your co-worker’s capacities.

Bring your office to light

Nifty wall colours and designer furniture mean nothing if you don’t have proper lighting to work with. If you have windows, make the most of natural daylight and control the amount of it by installing shades or blinds. However, working late is more the rule rather than the exception these days, so investing in high-quality artificial lighting is a must. Consider having the possibility to adjust the brightness of the light because dimmed light, for example, is connected with freedom and it’s, therefore, good for creative work, while bright light endorses analytical and evaluative thinking.

3Image credit: houzz.com

Find your system

Finally, don’t forget to personalize your workspace. Not everyone’s desk has to be tidy and minimalistic, regardless of what the Pinterest boards claim. As a matter of fact, psychologists say that highly ordered desks are sometimes hard to work at because of the complicated filing system, so feel free to find a system that works for you. If you can work in your own creative chaos, then go for it. On the other hand, pretty stationery and nifty office gadgets are also part of the job; so, don’t be afraid to show off your creativity by getting yourself a Wi-Fi portable document scanner or colourful sticky notes.

Don’t neglect the power of a nicely organized office – it’s the little things that can help you stay motivated and get you through the work week. Create an office of your dreams and turn going to work into an enjoyable activity.

***
Tracey Clayton is 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

***

 

 

 

Staying Safe in a Shared Office Space

1

Shared office spaces are gaining traction across the globe, albeit there are some challenges like increasing real estate prices and poor awareness that plague this new frontier. One of the main reasons behind popularity is the cost-effectiveness of shared spaces compared to private offices. Apart from financial incentives, there is also the  convenience of not having to worry about maintenance, utilities, bills, interior design, office equipment, and furniture.

Pros and cons

2

Freelancers, business owners, young professionals, and entrepreneurs come together in order to cut the expenses, climb up a career ladder, achieve better work-life balance, and form lasting connections. Still, finding an ideal place is harder than you may think, and there are many factors to weigh, not the least of which is security. The positive expectations are still growing strong, but are also gradually leveling off.

There are several indications of this trend, and we come across them in recent surveys. Around one-third of members stress the lack of proper internet connection as the main issue, the noise takes the second place (24%), and is followed by the lack of privacy (17%). As you may notice, security is not up there on the list of priorities, and this lack of awareness makes it all the more important to address the subject.

Share and care

3

After all, coworking spaces can put your professional and personal belongings, as well as information and data at a heightened risk. This is associated with external threats such as break-ins, but also “inside jobs”, where your fellow coworker is the culprit. On average, coworking spaces accommodate 76 people: there is strength in numbers, but also uncertainty.

You cannot get to know everyone, and even if you pull it off, there is no guarantee you will be completely safe and sound. Easy access to the workplace, for example, is a double-edged sword, and it is crucial to have someone responsible for greeting people. Of course, it is also a treat to be a part of the collective in which members watch out for one another and nurture collaboration.

Shared offices are often tailored to specific types of businesses, resonate with a different vibe, and their layout and design vary. Some shared offices give more privacy, while others use mere dividers to separate core work areas. These things bear consequences for your safety and work habits.

For good measure

 

4

The backbone of security in a coworking environment is a physical system composed of devices that monitor every inch of space and are an integral part of interior design. The infrastructure usually includes locked access points and high-grade security doors, video surveillance, alarm system, and emergency preparedness. The second aspect is people management, which involves various policies such as those that address the process of visitors’ check in.

Another layer of security encompasses the digital realm. Namely, network security requires members to adhere to best practices like the authorized access, firewall, and password protection. On top of that, the coworking space itself ought to budget for cyber security and internet safety education. A bulk of hackers target small businesses and enterprises that do not possess fat budgets to thwart them.

Finally, one aspect you do not want to neglect is your health and safety. The office environment should feature proper indoor temperature, fine air quality, adequate lighting, ample working space, low noise level, and pure water.  Considering the time you spend sitting, it would be wise to put the focus on quality office furniture, especially in the form of the ergonomic chairs with a seat height range and adjustable components.

Work, work, (co)work

Coworking spaces are a breath of fresh air in the business world. They offer amenities and spaces to cater various activities and company events, emulating the benefits of working for a big company. Ultimately, the right office space allows you to get more things done each day, provided that you steer clear of data risks, thefts, and other problems. Really, it would be a shame to let safety problems undermine the whole work experience and professional success.

All images via: officesnapshots.com

********

The above post was written and submitted by Zoe Clark. You can find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zoe.clark.58367 Twitter: https://twitter.com/ZoeFClark and Google+: https://plus.google.com/116260362531781886421/posts

*********

Inspiring spaces: wall paper for the 21st century

If you feel like your office walls are under-performing, you can easily supercharge them by adding wall paper. Take a look at these modern, artistic designs by Murals wallpaper that can add depth, sense of zen and inspiration to your work space.

 

driftwood-webForest-4-Webmisty-hills-webwhite-knit-web

You can check out a broader selection on their site.

www.muralswallpaper.com/wall-murals/textured-wallpaper-murals

Success is in the Air: How Air Quality Affects Office Productivity

1

If you can’t smell the scent of incoming profits in your office, odds are your workplace could use an air-conditioning upgrade.

Recent research has shown that the impact of air quality on productivity is much higher than originally believed to be. Earlier this year, the National Bureau of Economic Research released a white paper which quotes startling results of a survey carried out by Tom Chang of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. The study’s findings are crystal clear: even a slight 10-unit increase in the air pollution index can shave the daily output of a call agent by an average 0.35 percent. Still, daily output drops caused by presence of air pollutants in the office are just the tip of the iceberg: higher than normal air pollution affects other aspects of the workflow that are directly connected to workplace productivity.

 

Air Pollution Dilutes Concentration

2

Various studies conducted over the past few decades have produced unanimous findings: poor air quality is a force to be reckoned with in lines of work which require peak focus and creativity. Inadequate ventilation can cause concentration dips and memory issues, both of which impact workplace output and engagement of white collar employees. Unfortunately, the shape of the ventilation system isn’t the only variable that has a hand in workplace air quality: office location, ongoing renovation works, and furniture quality can also be a source of particulates that pollute office air and punch deep holes in work performance. This is why it’s of utmost importance for employers to allocate a part of the corporate budget to regular office updates and maintenance, as this will be an investment both employee satisfaction and long-term productivity.

 

Productivity’s Taken a Sick Leave

3

Another issue that can compromise productivity in the office: absenteeism, which can quickly go up a notch with poor air quality in the mix. It has been observed that high amount of pollutants in the air can result in more frequent occurrence of allergic reactions, headaches, fatigue (both physical and mental), as well as eye and throat irritation. This is especially the case in peak heating and cooling seasons, when air quality is often compromised by the devices that are supposed to increase employee comfort, such as air conditioning and ventilation systems which haven’t been recently serviced.

Increased frequency of absenteeism and extended sick leave duration can both jeopardize office productivity and increase running expenses through high cost of replacement workers. For this reason, it’s financially safer and wiser for employees to invest in office ergonomics upgrades than to risk high absenteeism-related expenses in the long run.

 

Air Quality Boosters Go a Long Way

4

If your office could use an air filtration update, there are quite a few air purification tricks you can turn to that will improve air quality in the workplace without breaking the corporate bank.

 

  1. NASA scientists have found that plants can reduce the amount of toxins, air pollutants, and carbon dioxide indoors, so if you want to keep the air in your office crisp, clean, and conducive to peak cognitive function, don’t forget to infuse your workplace with a few green tenants. The best indoor plants for office use include Dracaena, spider plant, mother-in-law’s tongue, ficus, peace lily, garden mum, bamboo, and aloe vera.

 

  1. Most commercial cleaning staples contain hazardous chemicals and toxins which can pollute the air in the workplace and chip off chinks of office productivity. By replacing conventional for eco-friendly cleaning supplies, you can both reduce the environmental impact of your office and pull out productivity dips caused by lower than optimal air quality.

 

  1. Industry-specific commercial HEPA air purifiers are growing increasingly popular, and research shows that their use in the workplace can increase productivity by as many as 2.8%-15%. Quality HEPA air filters can remove up to 99.99% of tiny particulates in the air that contribute to chronic conditions such as respiratory infections, asthma, and allergies and thus trim absenteeism, amp office productivity, and ensure long-term employee wellbeing and work engagement.

 

  1. Dehumidifiers help prevent allergen infestations that can lead to increased frequency of sick leaves and performance drops. By keeping humidity at 30-50%, a first-rate dehumidifier will keep dust mite, mold, and pollen out of office air, which is good for both employees’ health and business results. Still, be sure to have dehumidifiers serviced regularly as this will prevent high repair and replacement costs and potential air quality hitches that can arise due to inadequate device maintenance.

 

Air quality is an important factor that plays a role in work engagement, employee comfort and wellbeing, and overall office productivity. Don’t let poor workplace air quality stifle your brand’s success: take preventive steps and upgrade the office ventilation and air-conditioning systems, and peak profits will soon follow suit.

*All Images via: officesnapshots.com*

*******

The above post was written and submitted by Zoe Clark. You can find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zoe.clark.58367 Twitter: https://twitter.com/ZoeFClark and Google+: https://plus.google.com/116260362531781886421/posts

*******

 

 

 

3 Ways To Make Your Office Space Calm & Collected

We might not associate our offices with the most pleasant of memories, but it’s undeniable that we spend a lot of our time in there getting work done. It’s got to be one of the most important spaces in your life when considering décor.

Whilst you’re typing away or checking emails, your surroundings are making a significant impact on your mood and ability to maintain focus. That’s why Murals Wallpaper  has come up with 3 simple design themes that you can incorporate into your work-space that will instill some calm and concentration, with minimal effort from you.

Design Theme 1: Minimalism for the Mind

A natural-looking textured wall is the perfect backdrop for getting on with detail-oriented tasks. When thinking about furniture, consider the colour white. It’s the lightest and most minimal there is, and will also create a heightened perception of space.

Cracked-Concrete-Desk_oct 26

Neutral-Wood-Desk_oct 26

Design Theme 2: Green Freedom

Green is the colour of balance. Having green in your office has been known to create a calming environment and improve reading and concentration abilities. Incorporating leaves and plants into design turns your work-space into a more freeing and natural space.

Ivy-Covered-Wall-Desk_oct 26

Green-White-Leaf-Desk_oct 26

 

Design Theme 3: Blue Serenity

Blue has not been dubbed the colour of 2016 for nothing. A light blue on the walls of a room makes the space appear much bigger, and you can use deeper blues to create a meditative atmosphere.

Soft-Blue-Marble_oct26

Blue-Grunge-Watercolour-Desk_oct 26

By making a change to your office wall color and making it more dynamic using the design theme you prefer, you may just find yourself reluctant to leave your office at all.

Interested in finding a wall color design theme that’s the perfect fit for you? You can find more interesting textures to work with here.

***
The above post was written by Anna Fell, Brand Marketing Assistant at Murals Wallpaper.  For more from Murals Wallpaper follow along at twitter: @muralswallpaper, instagram: @muralswallpaper & pinterest: Murals Wallpaper
***

Your Plug Problem – Solved

How many devices do you use through out your work day?

While some people can conduct business with just a smartphone, others (like me!) sit in front of multiple screens at once.  No matter how many devices and gadgets you personally use throughout the course of your work day, they most likely have one thing in common: The need for an electrical charge to juice them up.

If you’ve ever been frustrated by the fact that most electrical outlets can only serve two devices, you’re not alone. I use all five outlets on the four different extension cords that I own (three at home, one in my corporate office). In an attempt to tidy things up I invested in a power outlet upgrade, but I’ve been burned in the past.

For example, about a year ago I tried out a brand because it got a fancy write up in the Wall Street Journal, but I have to say I was sorely disappointed by the lack of devices that it can service (2 plus a USB) and it’s ability to stay put on the wall (It’s currently an eyesore on my floor).

Enter: a better solution to your plug problem! The PowerCube.

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 10.37.16 AM Unlike other extension cords that sprawl lifelessly on the ground taking up space, or that are “supposed to” stick like a magnet to your wall, this surge protector plugs right into your outlet allowing you to charge up to 6 devices instead of the traditional two.

This handy Rubik’s cube sized accessory is perfect for the device heavy, design conscious work space or home.  For example, in my kitchen I have a Carbon Monoxide detector that blocks both outlets though it only uses one.

power cube co1_edit2

But with the PowerCube that same outlet now accommodates a phone charger, a laptop cord, a landline plug-in AND has room for 2 USB chargers in addition to the Carbon counter.

 

powercube co2

Very useful!

The unit is beautifully designed to be both functional and elegant – and has won the Red Dot award for product design.

It also comes in two sizes, one with more length, like a traditional extension cord, but with the same Rubik’s cube sized outlet plug.  There are also several colors to choose from so you can coordinate with your office decor color palette.

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 11.53.18 AM

You can learn more about the PowerCube and other offerings at the company’s website & their Instagram account.

Questions about this handy gadget can be directed to : randy.briggs@allocacoc.us 

or ring him at +1 (949) 861-4992

****
Office Envy received a free product sample in exchange for our honest review on the product.

 

 

 

 

Global Radio: A Gorgeous, Modern Office Renovation

Global Radio are the parent group of some of the UK’s largest radio stations, Heart, Capital, Capital XTRA, Classic FM, Smooth, Radio X and Gold. The Global Radio building is located in the West End, or more precisely Leicester Square. Leicester Square is of course synonymous with the UK entertainment industry and an extremely popular destination for tourists, where Hollywood film premieres happen and where some of the most well-known theatres in the land are situated.

Woodhouse Workspace were commissioned to deliver the project. Woodhouse Workspace are a family run office design and fitout firm with over 40 years’ experience working on commercial projects. The brief from Global Radio to Woodhouse was to project plan, fitout and design all eight floors of their building.

Working closely with Global Radio, Woodhouse worked to match the theme of breakout spaces, meeting rooms and offices to match the brand of each of the radio stations housed within the Global Radio building. One of the key objectives was to create workspaces which allowed workers to communicate and collaborate with more ease.

Just some of the aspects Woodhouse worked on were:

  • Entrance area with spiral staircase
  • Coffee bar and lounge areas
  • Flexible meeting spaces – including lecture theatre and conference rooms
  • Branded meeting rooms, with online room booking system
  • Informal breakout spaces and teapoints
  • Lift lobbies and staircases
  • Elegant modern washrooms, complete with all fittings
  • Sun-lit rooftop terrace, with retractable awnings and infra-red heaters

The whole fitout and design process had to be managed very carefully, ensuring minimal disruption for staff during the refurbishment of the building.

The feedback from the Head of Reception at Global Radio (Harry McGarry) in response to the new workspace is as follows:

“Footfall has increased considerably as staff want to bring clients to our office to show off the area and regional staff are travelling down to make use of the facilities. Feedback from all has, and continues to be, hugely positive and clients love the space we have. The video wall enables us to have company logo’s for client visits and the reception desk is always a wow. Guest numbers compared to last year are: January saw 1493 guests compared to 1218 last year, February saw 1550 compared to 1353, March saw 2096 compared to 1403. From my teams perspective the area is much more user friendly and is a very relaxing environment to work in.”

See the full gallery.

*****

The above post was written by Matthew Cooper, a Director at Woodhouse Workspace. You can connect to Matthew through Linkedin https://uk.linkedin.com/in/mcwoodhouse and follow his company’s updates here https://twitter.com/Woodhouse_wksp.

*****

 

 

10 Cool Furniture Must Haves for Your Office

The office furniture of today is becoming more and more innovative than ever before. From adjustable desks to funky clocks, if you want to spruce up your office space, then check out these 10 cool pieces of furniture which will modernise and better your day to day workings in your office collected by Adam from Allard Office Furniture.

  1. Intershul airpad chair

As seen in James Bond’s Sky fall, the Air Pad Chair’s transparent membrane and newfound lightness is highly innovative. The chairs allows for automatic adjustment, so you’ll be able to work comfortably without the risk of getting a back injury. The body of the chair maintains an ideal temperature, along with the ‘Body-Float synchro- mechanism’ which is said to provide a ‘unique body float sitting experience’. Find it here.

1

  1. Up Write Whiteboard Standing Desk

The whiteboard surface of this desk helps to prevent your desk being permanently marked with your notes, making both wet erase and dry markers easily removable. The desk can also be easily adjusted to your height needs, and is suitable for working sitting down or standing. It’s also simple to set up, with the desk said only take 20 minutes to get up and running. Find it here.

2

  1. Sequel Multifunction Storage Cabinet by BDI

Suitable for big or small offices, BDI’s Sequel Multifunction Storage Cabinet provides space for a sliding printer, filing cabinet and also two storage draws. The multi functional use of this cabinet means you can be more organised than ever before, and is both scratch and fingerprint resistant. Find it here.

3

 

  1. Tone Single-Arm Personal Light by Herman Miller

Honing in on the latest LED technology, the Tone Single-Arm personal light is eco-friendly, and also adjusts to the amount of light you need. There’s no need to assemble the light, as it’s adjustable to a height appropriate to your needs. The futuristic feel of this light will give a modern feel to your office and also do away with the common eye strain issues caused through office lamps. Find it here.

4

 

  1. USB Boat by Kikkerland

For the bargain price of $28, you can get your hands on this USB boat. The USB boat allows you to add additional USB ports, and keep your office looking smart and organised. It’s also easy to set up and requires no software plug ins. Find it here.

5

 

  1. Ball Clock by Nelson

If you want your office space to be vibrant and exciting then the Nelson Ball Clock is for you. Innovative in it’s design, the ball clock is makes for both an interesting and unique interior. Available in a wide range of colours to suit your office needs, prices for this clock start at $395.00. Find it here.

adam clock

 

  1. Switch Mouse by Human-Scale

Unique in its v-shaped design and it’s ease of use, the Human-Scale Switch Mouse is an office essential like no other. Length adjustable and stylistic, the ergonomic ease of this mouse helps to prevent wrist and strain injuries, as well as allowing for horizontal scrolling. Find it here.

adam mouse

 

  1. G6-XS Plus Ergonomic Desk with Drawer by Kid 2 Youth

A more affordable option compared to the Up Write White-board desk, this desk is height adjustable, providing an iron pencil tray, flat surface and split surface. Suitable for all age ranges, Kid 2 Youth emphasise the health and safety friendly nature of this desk. Find it here.

adam desk pic 8

  1. Sundial Bookcase by Kartell

With it’s eye catching design, the Sundial Bookcase is perfect for making your office stand out. With its transparent and satin finished dividers the bookcase helps to create a visually scenic feel to your office. Find it here.

adam pic 9 book case

 

  1. Cat Butt magnets by Kikkerland

A quirky addition to your office, these magnets will help better organise your office, and help better organise your office. Prices start from $18.00. Find them here.

adam cat tacks****

The above post was written by Adam from Allard Office Furniture.

****

 

 

Comfortably busy: Office ergonomics for peak productivity

2Workplace trends are changing fast these days: from traditional offices, young business sharks recently moved to home-bound work environments, only to start booking seats in co-work hubs shortly thereon. The concept of the workplace designed with worker satisfaction in mind will probably continue to change in the years to come, but one thing is certain beyond doubt: companies that have realized the importance of office ergonomics for peak productivity have a bright future. But what is an ergonomic office, and which elements should a workplace have to qualify as such?

The ABC of ergonomics: Not just a comfy seat

1

Office ergonomics is a relatively broad field which draws on the findings from various disciplines such as biomechanics, engineering, psychology, industrial design, and physiology in order to “fit the job to the worker”. The reasoning behind office ergonomics is simple: employees who are comfortable during work hours stand lower risk of contracting occupational diseases, and their productivity is also higher compared to workers in conventional offices. Still, ergonomic design is not just a label that sells office furniture like hot cakes: it also spans lighting, soundproofing, and air conditioning as important factors that impact productivity and workplace comfort.

Light of corporate success: Ergonomic light

3

Internal lighting plays a major role in ergonomic office design: according to recent studies, open-floor workplaces which receive lots of natural light have a beneficial effect on employees’ mood and alertness, both of which are integral to higher output. Another research into indoor lighting and office productivity found that workers in offices with cooler (i.e. blue-enriched) light report better concentration, higher productivity, and improved overall wellbeing. The message is pretty clear: light quality and intensity can make or break business success, whether you are working from a home office or a shared workplace.

No back stress: Furniture that fits job requirements

4

The demand for ergonomic office furniture in Melbourne, New York, London, Moscow, Vienna, and Beijing alike is rising as more and more companies are waking up to the gains behind the superior-quality workstations and seating. Sit-to-stand desks, adjustable-height seating, chairs with inflatable armrests, back support, or memory foam lining are very popular these days, and various studies show that their use in office design can boost employees’ focus, comfort, safety, and productivity and reduce break frequency and absenteeism. Ergonomic furniture also fosters higher work engagement and morale, alleviates fatigue, promotes healthy posture, and reduces worker discomfort caused by sitting in an unnatural position for hours.

Sound of money rolling: Combating workplace noise

5

Noise is a given in most modern workplaces: keyboards clacking, phones buzzing, bass booming in coworker’s headphones, and colleagues’ chuckles and asides are all audio diversions getting in the way of productivity. Acoustic distractions can reduce workplace output by as many as 66%, which is why sound strategy is an important topic in office ergonomics. Sound-absorbing materials applied to the walls, floors, and ceilings can reduce noise level, while white noise and ambient background music or nature sounds emitted from high-quality systems can help mask the din of a busy workplace and replace it with tunes more conducive to peak productivity.

Take a deep breath: Air quality at work matters, too

6

Air quality is one more aspect of office ergonomics which needs to be fine-tuned for optimum output. High concentration of carbon dioxide can reduce alertness and make employees sleepy, while presence of pollutants such as volatile organic compounds, bacteria, and toxic chemicals can compromise workers’ health in the long run. Adding indoor plants to the office can increase productivity by 15-20%, while regular HVAC updates can help reduce absenteeism and improve long-term employee health and comfort, as well as work productivity and safety.

Office ergonomics is changing the modern workplace in more than one way, and for common good: employees can finally say Goodbye to occupational illnesses and companies can improve bottom line, halve absenteeism, and leverage peak productivity.

All Images via: officesnapshots.com

*******

The above post was written and submitted by Zoe Clark. You can find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zoe.clark.58367 Twitter: https://twitter.com/ZoeFClark and Google+: https://plus.google.com/116260362531781886421/posts

Color and Productivity: Putting Palettes to Work

1

“Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

My workplace is colorful,

And yours should be too!”

It is no secret that hues affect human mood, but did you know that the color palette can make or break workplace productivity? Though the choice of wall paints and furnishing tones will to a degree depend on cultural background, line of work, and overall corporate philosophy, there are a few general guidelines on how the office color palette that can help boost productivity and ensure optimal corporate results.

Blue for trust and teamwork

2

Although blues are not exactly a great shade to feel, from the point of color psychology, shades like aqua, teal, and sky blue are said to inspire trust, tranquility, and stability, which is why they are ideally suited for detail-oriented workplaces, such as accounting or legal offices. However, a monochromatic blue office can negatively impact workflow pace in the long run, which is why experts from Office Furniture Sydney suggest that walls painted in the calming shade should be combined with furnishings in a lively secondary hue such as red, yellow, or orange for an instant mood boost.

Green for ideas and brainstorming

3

The color that symbolizes growth and prosperity, green makes a great base color for workplaces where creativity and brainstorming are of vital importance – or that is at least what recent studies show. Still, an overly stimulating office backdrop can prove counter-productive as excess of vibrant details can get in the way of long-term focus, so a less saturated or muted green wall number may be a better idea than going all-out chartreuse or lime across workplace walls.

Yellow for creativity and zest

4

Another vibrant color that promotes mental faculties, yellow is an excellent wall paint choice for design studios and workplaces which require logical thinking and a steady flow of fresh ideas. Walls painted in soft or subdued yellow will visually enlarge a small office and inspire optimism (think of the effects of sunshine on human mood), but saturated yellow is highly reflective and can cause eye fatigue. For this reason, either paint the office walls in gentle yellow or, as office furniture specialists from JP office workstations recommend, use file cabinets, reception desks, and chairs in a vivid yellow shade to spice up a pastel background.

Red for power and fast pace

5Seeing red is neither a pretty or productivity-inducing prospect, unless you work in a gym or a McDonald’s restaurant. Red and orange symbolize passion, and revolution, inspiring dynamic movement, so they should be used sparingly as accent tones to spruce up a neutral or pastel background. In workplaces where fast-paced physical activity is required, however, orange and red furnishings can increase productivity and help preserve dynamics during long shifts.

Whites and pastels for order and focus

6

The neutral hue will work brilliantly in workplaces where attention to detail, silence, and orderliness are of utmost importance. On top of that, white is extremely versatile and it can be paired with any secondary color for a whiff of décor refreshment. Combined with furniture in pastel, yellow, baby blue, or orange tones, white will make a good wall paint choice for small workplaces as it creates a sense of added space.

Are you ready to paint your business headquarters in the colors of surefire success? Once you have chosen the primary office color based on industry and target workplace atmosphere, select a complementary hue from the color wheel for subtle contrast and stimulation. If possible, avoid dark hues and monochromatic décors as these can break work enthusiasm in a blink of an eye.  After all, your office should not be a place where you and your associates have to spend time in; it should be an inspiring spot where optimism, knowledge, experience, and teamwork stand united in pursuit of peak productivity and sustainable growth.

Author bio:

Zoe Clark is a journalist, freelance stylist and blogger. She is a visual storyteller and aesthetician by heart who often writes about decorating and DIY ideas. She loves sparking creativity in people and giving them ideas for their own spaces.

← Older posts