So you’ve got a new office! Congrats! The very thought of getting a new office (or doing an office makeover of the old one), be it in your house or in your office building, is exciting! Especially when you get to put your artistic touches to it!
Having a nice and inviting workspace isn’t just appealing for aesthetic reasons but it also makes you feel better. Needless to say, when you feel better at work you are more likely to be productive. Certainly more productive than if you hated that distracting wall color, ugly painting or that old lamp in the corner.
But don’t take my word for it. Research also suggests that pretty indoor offices offer a better working environment which leads to increased work productivity.
Now that you’re certain you want to make some changes, it’s time to act. But don’t worry if you’re on a shoestring budget! In this article we’ve prepared for you 3 smart and wallet-friendly tips for decorating your office:
#1 Use nature-inspired air-freshener
New office doesn’t just mean new looks, it also means new smells. Even though looks matter, don’t forget that indoor air also has an impact on the overall working atmosphere. What’s more, certain smells are proven to improve work efficiency. According to research carried out by the the Japan's biggest producer of fragrances (Takasago), 33% of typists made fewer mistakes when they could smell jasmine, while staggering 54% performed better with lemon in the air. Natural air fresheners aren’t that expensive, they don’t take up a lot space and you can find them in various shapes and scents.
#2 Brighten your space with low-maintenance office plants
Plants are great way to add a nice pop of color into your a boring workspace. You can put them on your desk, in the window or on the shelves. For instance, Neon pothos is a beautiful bright-green plant that will definitely add a splash of green into your office. The best thing is that It’s not expensive and it can tolerate a little neglect. It only needs watering about a once a week. But if you’re really forgetful, you can’t go wrong with cacti. These succulents are a beautiful desk decoration and some can go for as long as a month without water.
#3 Free high-resolution digital photography made into art
There are many stock photo websites like Pixabay where you can find exquisite high-quality photos for free. Choose whichever category you like (abstract, animals, nature, etc) download a few photos, and print them out to frame them and put them on the wall. If you own a photocamera, you can always make your own pieces of art and frame them. You don’t need a lot of money to have nice pictures on the wall, just a little creativity.