Ideally, your office should be a place that is perfectly conducive to work - somewhere that you turn up in the morning, ready to face the challenges of the day ahead. But not all offices are up to the task - even those that are highly-specced or designed precisely to your tastes. Some are downright counterproductive.
Creating the perfect office is a bit like having a perfect life: it’s something that you strive to achieve but is perpetually out of reach. Sure, you could buy the most elegant furniture and hire the best designers, but eventually whatever scheme they developed would wear off, and you’d become desperate for something novel again.
In this article, we’re going to look at how getting the perfect office is more of a process than an achievable objective. The ideal office is something that chops and changes depending on your mood, the type of work you’re doing, and the stage you’re at in your life. Have a look at these ideas. If your office isn’t working for you, it needs to change. Fast.
Explore The Weird And Wonderful World Of Hygge
If you do your best work while feeling relaxed and contented with life, then you might want to give Hygge a try. The idea behind the design philosophy is to create spaces that engender contentment and relaxation - something that many of us need while we’re in a work environment. Hygge acts as a countervailing force against all of the stress and angst we feel in response to colleagues and clients.
Sometimes stress at work in unavoidable, but Hygge provides a method for people to bolster themselves against it. If you haven’t already, try pairing neutral colors with textiles and plenty of plants. To build coziness, place a rug on the floor or hang yarn from the wall. Stick with a neutral palette, focusing as much as possible on keeping the colors warm. If you’re more of an evening person but want to work in the morning, try choosing greys and whites with bluish overtones to prime your brain for action.
Use A Wall Gallery
If you do an artistic job, it’s a good idea to make sure that your office reflects your passion. Not only will it help to personalize it, but it may also provide creative impetus, helping you to do better work. What’s nice about having an office wall gallery is that you’re able to change and swap pictures around, as and when you like. Got bored of something? No matter. Just switch it out for your new favorite picture.
Create A Mix Of Old And New
Office spaces need to be both chic and professional, as well as feel welcoming. Modern designs are undoubtedly chic and professional - with all their straight lines, neutral colors and brushed metal - but they’re not exactly endearing. At the other end of the spectrum, traditional offices adorned with antiques and pretty rugs might feel cozy, but they lack professional appeal.
Many people now mix both old and new together to create hybrid spaces that speak to their business objectives. Workers want areas that feel cozy and relaxing, but that also have a professional edge, reminding them that they’re here to work, not for leisure.
To create a mix of old and new, you could do any of the following:
Pair a Persian rug with a modern table with brushed, aluminum legs
Go for a modernist interior style, but choose pre-modernist paintings for the walls
Include furniture from the Regency period in current builds
Upgrade Your Equipment
There’s nothing more annoying than having equipment that keeps on breaking down while you’re trying to do your work in your office. Daily struggles to get things like printers, faxes, computers, desks, binding machines and stationery to work can reduce your productivity.
If you’re having problems, why not try to kill two birds with one stone by buying stylish new equipment which functions as intended? If you use a lot of binding machine supplies or get through mountains of printer ink, look for storage solutions that keep these essential items out of sight until you need them. Also, choose electronics products which fit in with the style you’ve selected for your office. Yes, Apple makes some stylish products, but they’re not the only vendor on the market that does: companies like Acer, Asus, and Panasonic all make stunning monitors that look great, depending on the setting.
Use Colours That You Love
If you’re like most people, your tastes chop and change all the time. Color is a great way to spice things up a bit and create some fun in the office - as an escape from dreary, dull work at the computer. The great thing about color is that you can include it practically anywhere you like, from the upholstery on your seating to your office walls.
Colour is also a great way to make functional elements of the office space look attractive. By themselves, filing cabinets and HVAC extractors don’t look particularly good. But with a lick of paint and a bright color, you almost forget they’re not stylish elements themselves.
Stop Wasting Space - It’s Making Your Office Messy
Mess can have a significant impact on your psychology while you’re working. You want a space that is beautiful and calming but doesn’t distract - not one in which you’re always fighting a battle against clutter. Mess takes up your unconscious processing power. It competes against you as you try to navigate your way through the working day, so finding strategies to counteract it are essential.
If you’ve exhausted the storage space in your cabinets and drawers, then start thinking vertically. Using all the vertical space available to you can help overcome space and clutter constraints. Instead of using post-it notes, try putting up a hanging wall pinboard to keep relevant information. Use shelving up near the coving too for old files and folders: like prior years’ accounts.
Is your office in need of a change? Try out some of these ideas today and see how much your working day improves.