We all have days where work isn’t perfect or stress-free. But just because your tasks might not be inspiring, it doesn’t mean that your office space can’t be. No matter if you’ve been put in charge of updating your company’s office or you’re tackling your own home study space, there are plenty of ways in which you can make the interior more appropriate for focused work.
Shed some light
Lights are a quick and functional way to add beauty to your office. Now that lights come in a whole variety of shapes, sizes and shades, you can pick out lighting that will not only add to the decor of the room, but also ensure that you can keep working productively even in the later hours when you have a project to finish off or in the darker winter months. Abandon the blinding white lights that are so often associated with industrial cubicle-laden offices. Instead, pick out yellow-toned ceiling lights and lamps that will bring a new ambience to the room.
Add some character
It should come as no surprise that here at Steel Vintage, we’re big advocates of unusual furniture. Whether you’re looking for a great talking point for client meetings or a piece that will last for decades to come, investing in striking furniture pieces is a great way to show off your own personality and taste. The Steampunk Desk is one of our latest and arguably most impressive designs, with hand-fabricated radiators, copper pipework and cast steel valves that all give it a Victorian post-apocalyptic makeover. Whilst an unusual design such as this might be bold if you’re shopping for an entire office, there’s no reason why you can’t move away from the usual plain desk and chairs to put in items that will bring out the best in your team and reflect the business you work for.
Whilst you might not think that positioning a few pot plants in and around your desk space would impact your productivity, there are actually many benefits of going green. A study from back in 2010 on the effects of plants in the workplace showed significant reductions in tension, anxiety, anger, fatigue and depression for those who had plants introduced into their office. Plants have the ability to reduce excess carbon dioxide in the air, which has been linked to increased productivity and quicker task completion. They even have the ability to reduce ambient noise by up to 5 decibels, which is a lesser known advantage for those who need to concentrate without background distractions. As one of the cheapest ways of improving your office space and air quality, it really is worth bringing in some foliage to add some colour to your desk.
Whether or not you’re a tidy person, when it comes to office space it helps to know exactly where everything is so that you’re not digging around for old papers or supplies every time you forget where you’ve put something. For those who want to think big, our lattice shelving unit is a striking and industrial solution for books, folders and everything in between. Feel like you’re drowning in files? Not a problem. Our minimalist filing cabinet is inspired by the unique and practical designs from the 1950s and 60s and is perfect for neat storage.
State of the art
Just because your office is different to your home, doesn’t mean that you can’t keep the space looking bright and creative with pieces of artwork. If you’re decorating a public workspace then ensure that the pieces are in-keeping with the business’s brand and feel, but remember that art doesn’t have to be restricted to the walls! Small sculptures, ornaments and even stunning desktop wallpapers can do wonders to keep you going all day, every day.