Your office space has a bigger impact on overall performance and productivity than you might think. An organized office that reflects your personal tastes and preferences will motivate you to work, while a messy, impersonal space will cause you to feel tense and distracted.
The goal is to design a space that’s comfortable, yet efficient. Sometimes all this takes is a simple understanding of a few key design and layout hacks. Here are some helpful tips for decorating a small office when you don’t have a ton of time, space, or money at your disposal.
1. Select Quality Wall Art
“There is a real tendency to opt for sanitised, lean workspaces, designed to encourage staff to just get on with their work and avoid distraction,” says Dr. Craig Knight, who has studied the psychology of working environments for more than a decade. The problem is that there’s no research to support that this approach works. Instead, “If you enrich a space people feel much happier and work better; a very good way of doing this is by using art.”
Art comes in a variety of mediums and types, but wall art is easy and effective. If you want to add a touch of class and sophistication, made-to-order oil paintings are always a good choice. Looking for something a little more exotic and exciting? LED wall art is pretty cool.
2. Choose an Ergonomically Sound Desk
If you spend multiple hours sitting at your desk every day, you aren’t doing your spine any favors. You’re probably slouching, hunching, or otherwise contorting your spine into positions that are unnatural and unhealthy for long periods of time. One solution is to invest in a more ergonomically sound desk chair.
An ergonomically sound chair will have an adjustable seat height (somewhere between 16 and 21 inches off the floor works best for most people), a seat that’s wide enough for you to comfortably sit (typically 17 to 20 inches), good lumbar support, an adjustable backrest that follows the natural curve of the spine, enough padding for comfort, adjustable armrests, and a swivel that lets you rotate without straining.
3. Select the Right Colors
Did you know that the color of your office walls can have a significant impact on your productivity? According to researchers, low-wavelength colors – such as light greens and blues – improve efficiency and focus. High-wavelength colors like red are associated with intensity and passion. Yellow is known as the color of optimism and makes the brain feel refreshed and energetic.
Believe it or not, simply repainting your office could have a tremendous impact on how you feel in your space. It’s not going to make or break your office, but it will influence productivity and comfort.
4. Add Some Life
Every office gets a little stuffy from time to time, so why not breathe some life into it in the form of plants? The easiest plants to take care of, especially if you’re away from your office over the weekends or business trips, are succulents. They only require a little bit of water, look really cool, and can be planted in a variety of unique planters for a totally original look that fits your style.
Ready, Set, Decorate
As you decorate your small office space, be sure to focus on the principles of comfort and productivity. You want your time spent in the office to be characterized by these words. If you’re both comfortable and productive, you’ll be motivated to work hard day after day, even when work responsibilities become stressful and demanding. Not sure where to start? Try a couple of the tips and techniques discussed in this article. They’re easier than you may think!