It’s probably been a while since you redecorated your office. It might even have been a while since you’ve seen your office. Now, as you navigate the return to work, something feels off. The wall art, desk toys, and other office ornamentation that once delighted you might seem like they belong to another person.
Feeling uncomfortable in your workspace isn’t good for your mood or your productivity. So if your office is feeling a little blah, try these three quick office decorating tips to boost your mood.
1. Plant a Little Joy
Plants are instant mood boosters. Not only are they pretty to look at, but they make your workspace healthier too. Research by NASA (yes, that NASA) says that certain plants can help purify the air. They recommend having about one plant per 100 square feet.
At this point you might be thinking: I’d love to have a plant but I’m worried it won’t get enough light. In that case, look for a Raven ZZ Plant or a Snake Plant. Both thrive in low light and can survive dry spells. You know, just in case watering falls off your to-do list.
2. Get Colorful
You don’t have to be an artist to recognize that color can impact your mood. The plain beige walls and boring brown or gray furniture that fill most offices may be bringing you down. Fix that problem by bringing some color into your workspace.
Start with the walls. You might not be able (or willing) to paint, but you can hang up some colorful artwork. If that’s not enough color for you, consider adding a small area rug, picking out a stylish pen cup, or even splurging on color-coordinated office supplies.
There are all kinds of theories about how color influences the way you think. Some of them have some science behind them. Others are anecdotal. You don’t have to get too wrapped up in the theory. Just pick the colors that make you happy.
3. Light Up Your World
Your office may be full of fluorescent lights, but that doesn’t mean you have to use them. Consider adding a desk lamp or even a floor lamp if your office is big enough. These can make your space feel cozier and give you some control over how bright the lights are.
Of course, opening the blinds is always a smart move. Natural light is good for your brain and good for the environment. If your office lacks windows, you might consider investing in a sunlight lamp or light therapy box. These small desktop lamps might boost your mood by mimicking sunlight.
Personalize that blank slate
Every office starts as a blank slate. It’s up to you to personalize it and make it your own. The first step is claiming your office space. Reach out to Jackie today and start decorating tomorrow.