Corporate offices often have a reputation for looking bleak, lifeless and uninspiring, with the same muted color palette and layout. Surprisingly, few realise just how much impact interior design has on peoples’ moods. Want to boost employee morale and productivity? Here are 3 ways to achieve it.
Change up the scenery
Adding artworks to the office is a simple yet effective tool that can improve the entire look and feel of the space. Here are a few pieces we love:
This landscape piece is particularly suited to the boardroom, or any professional service space like medical offices, law firms or even counseling rooms, where the environment tends to be fast-paced and stressful. There’s nothing quite like admiring the image of waves gently meeting the shore when you’re feeling high-strung. The beautiful blue tones connote tranquility, while the waves promote calmness and relaxation, which is sure to put you at ease.
Office bathrooms rarely get any interior design, which doesn’t make sense given how often it’s secretly visited throughout the day. Nothing spruces up a modern bathroom quite like this painting of red poppies. The warm undertones in the red and gold add a touch of magnificence, making the bathroom ever so slightly cozier and preventing it from becoming cold and sterile.
This impressionist, off-white painting with pink poppies injects softness and vibrancy into the workspace without being distracting. Fun fact: pictures of poppies are often used in feng shui to attract wealth and abundance. All the more reason to hang this up on the wall!
Add life (literally) into the office
Studies have shown that adding live plants into the workspace boosts employee productivity by approximately 15%. The very act of looking at something new and fresh facilitates one’s psychological engagement with the surroundings. Keeping plants indoors also improves the air quality in packed offices by increasing oxygen and reducing carbon dioxide levels. While there are many types of office plants available, our favorite is the peace lily.
With their large and glossy green leaves and white blooms, peace lilies would be a beautiful, inexpensive and low-maintenance addition to your office. They also filter trichloroethylene which is an air pollutant found in printing ink, typewriter correction fluids, paint etc.
A bit of scent goes a long way
While this tip doesn’t affect the look of your office, it sure affects its feel. Having the right scent is a discrete but powerful way of creating a positive work environment that feels welcoming to both clients and employees. Add a couple of oil diffusers around the office or, if you fear it being too strong, just have one diffuser in the entryway . A cinnamon scent has been shown to increase alertness and focus, while an orange-vanilla blend can boost creativity.
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