June 04, 2018

Office Decor: How to Create a Productive & Inspiring Workplace

Article by Zircon Interiors

[18 July 2022 Update]

If you’re like most working adults, you spend more time at work than at home. This being so, it’s crucial to have a workspace that is both productive and inspiring. Office spaces should be functional, crisp, and promote efficiency. Here are some tips on how to achieve a productive and inspiring workplace with office decor:

  • Use colour to your advantage. Different colours can have different effects on your mood and productivity. For example, blue is known to promote concentration and calmness. While yellow is associated with happiness and creativity.
  • Bring in some natural elements, like plants. Studies show that having greenery in the office can boost productivity and creativity.
  • Make sure there’s plenty of light. Good lighting is essential for preventing eye strain and promoting a healthy work/life balance.
  • Incorporate inspiring artwork. Surrounding yourself and your team with things that make you and them happy. This will help everyone stay positive and motivated throughout the workday.

While there are many ways to use colour in the office, let’s focus on two: wall colour and furniture.

  1. Wall colour can be used to set the tone of the office. For example, blue walls might create a more calm and serene feeling. While yellow walls might create a more happy and energetic feeling.
  2. Furniture can also be used to add pops of colour and personality to the office. A brightly coloured couch or rug can add some life, while more neutral colours might create a more refined look.
Two business women having a meeting and discussing office decor

 

First and foremost, let’s talk colour

According to A Life of Productivity, there are four major colours that affect the human mind, thus affecting productivity in an office.

Blue stimulates the mind

Many people believe that blue is the perfect colour for an office because it can help to increase focus and concentration. Blue is also said to help reduce stress levels. So it is a great choice if you want to create a calm and relaxed atmosphere.

people2people office reception furniture and blue decor

Green promotes creativity

If you are looking for a colour that will promote creativity and collaboration, green is the perfect choice. Green is known to increase communication and encourage innovation. So it is ideal for office spaces where employees need to be creative.

Agile workspace with green office decor

Yellow boosts productivity

If you want to create office decor that is both productive and inspiring, yellow is a great option. Yellow is known to increase energy levels and motivation. So it is perfect for office spaces where employees need to be productive.

Red is perfect for focus

If you are looking for a colour that will help you focus, red is a perfect choice. Red is known to increase concentration and focus. So it is ideal for office spaces where employees need to be productive.

No matter what colours you choose for your office decor, remember that they should be chosen with the goal of creating a productive and inspiring environment. With that in mind, have fun and be creative!

Furniture

To create a inspiring and productive modern office design, it’s important to consider the furniture you’ll need. Start by picking a colour that will promote productivity. Whether it be bright and colourful or neutral tones, and then stick to furniture that has a lot of storage to help you stay organized. It’s also important to create a comfortable office space with plenty of seating and desks that are the right height.

It is also a good idea to generally stick with a theme. For instance, if you have decided on a modern/contemporary office design, stick with pieces that have geometric shapes and smooth surfaces. If you’re going for a more antique or rustic styled office space, it’s best to include wooden pieces.

Along with choosing which desk you will use in your office, it’s important to invest in a quality, comfortable office chair. You will be sitting in this chair for a few hours straight, so you want to be sure you invest in a chair that has comfortable and functional support. Sure, it may be convenient to buy the twenty-dollar chair, but that chair will not last very long, nor will it give you the support you need to be seated in for an extended period of time.

If your job requires a lot of literature or files, the next piece of furniture needed is a shelf or file cabinet. Some desk sets come with connecting wall pieces that come in handy when an organization is needed. These pieces are helpful, as well as add to the overall look.

Accessorise your office decor

Once you have the furniture in place, it’s time to start accessorising. Add some plants to help purify the air and add a pop of colour. Accessorize with accent pieces around your office space to create an even more cohesive design, like hanging artwork that inspires. And finally, make sure your office is well-lit with a mix of natural and artificial light. By following these steps, you’ll be on your way to creating a productive and inspiring office space that your team will love.

office greenery and plants on shelves

Next step

Now that you know how to create a productive and inspiring office decor, it’s time to put these tips into action. Take some time to rearrange your office space so that it better reflects your work style and personality. Once everything is in its place, take a few minutes each day to add personal touches that will make the space feel more like home in the office. A few simple changes can make a world of difference in how motivated and inspired you and your team feels while working.

If you’re looking for more ideas on how to improve your office space, check out our blog on The Secret to a Successful Modern Office. You can also find inspiration by browsing through our project galleries. And, of course, don’t forget to ask your team for their input on how to make the workspace the best it can be.

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