It’s not exactly news that the environment that we work in can have a massive impact on our productivity and the quality of our work. For employees who spend the majority of their day in an office, it’s important to create a space that helps encourage creativity and keep morale high. For customers, it’s an opportunity to create a positive first impression and to really show off the personality of your business.
You may be thinking about where to even begin, as there are so many factors that can be considered when it comes to designing your office space interior. That’s why we’ve put together a few simple tips that you could use to help optimise your space and help keep those work juices flowing and the business growing!
1) Think about the layout
Using the space you have to its absolute potential is key when it comes to designing your office interior. Of course, you cannot change the structure of your space, but you can certainly design the office to make the most of the space you have. Consider placing desks close to windows to allow for natural light as this has been shown to have a positive impact on mood, energy levels and productivity. If your office doesn’t offer much natural lighting, make sure to brighten the place up.
Creating storage in the darker corners can help hide clutter and is another simple but impactful change.
2) Add a splash of colour (but not too much)
Choosing your office space colours wisely is an important factor to consider when it comes to designing you workspace interior. Playing it safe with simple white/grey tones can make the environment seem clinical and can impair peoples’ productivity levels. However, going too far the other way and using bold, bright colours can be invasive to some people, affecting both their productivity and emotions alike. Colour psychologist, Angela Wright has pointed out the importance of choosing the right intensity of a colour, as this can have a dramatic effect on whether it stimulates or soothes a person.
For simple yet effective ways to introduce colour to your workspace, experimenting with colour through furnishings such as cushions and curtains could be a good place to start.
3) Add some plants
Placing some indoor plants around your workspace not only brings in the colour green to your environment, of which has been said to give off a relaxing and calming effect, but they also have been shown to significantly improve productively levels and reduce stress.
4) Think about adding some artwork
Whether it be positive, peaceful art pieces on the walls or the office centrepiece sculpture, productivity can be improved and stress levels reduced.
Transforming your office doesn’t have to cost a fortune, neither does it need to be drastic. Introducing simple changes over time such as a new piece of artwork, some coloured furnishings and even re-working the layout of the desks can evoke a positive change across the productivity levels and wellbeing of those working from the office.