When you come to work, you don’t want to sit in a drab and dreary office with no character and no atmosphere. Four plain walls are quickly going to zap any creative energy and motivation you have and first thing on a Monday morning, the reservoir of inspiration is facing a drought as it is. So, what can you do to breathe some life back into your work space and make it a delight to come to every single day – even on Mondays? Here’s just a few simple ideas!:
You might not realise it, but lighting can make a big difference to your mood. Basic overhead lights can make you tired or give you terrible headaches, so why not switch them off and invest in some softer, more work-friendly lighting. Check out Valérie Boy at Salon Maison et Objet. How’s that for mood lighting? Not only does the soft lighting create a rather lovely ambiance, but it’s pretty to boot and makes for a great central feature in your work space.
Magnolia walls are rather boring so why not add a bit of class to your office with a piece of art you admire or find inspirational? Anything from a beautiful sculpture to a Picasso painting, choose something with a little bit of character. Not only will it make the room more interesting overall, but it will also provide a great additional talking point for any potential customers and clients. Take a look at the Big Art Company for just a few ideas!
3. Silly Office Gadgets
This might sound a little silly, but you need to have a bit of fun when you’re in the office.
Remember, ‘all work and no play make Jack a dull boy,’so mad little inventions like this Beaver Pencil Sharpener will bring you and your colleagues a little bit of amusement on a rainy day, not to mention these quirky Cutlery Pens for those amongst you who have a habit of working through your lunch. Our Birmingham offices and business centre headquarters always have odd little gadgets around to keep us amused throughout the day. We hate to be bored!
Not only do flowers and plants look great, but they smell fantastic, too! Adding some greenery to your office space is guaranteed to help put a smile on your face, especially when the sky is overcast and the days are long and cold. Having fresh flowers around will always brighten up the room and add a splash of colour if you can’t have pictures on your desk or hang any art on the walls.
Tired old desks and chairs are enough to make you feel just as tired and just as old, not to mention poorly designed furniture can over time cause back ache and repetitive strain injury. Back In Action has some fabulous office furniture designs created specifically to allow you to work in comfort. We’re aspiring to create unique spaces like these someday…
6. Background Music
We know there are plenty of companies out there that are pretty strict about what you can and can’t do when you’re at work, but we believe that background music is a great
motivational tool. Silence isn’t always golden, which is we’ve always got the radio on or one of the music channels playing our favourite tunes. Of course, not everyone can concentrate when there’s background music, so make sure to ask for permission first.
7. Decorate Your Desk
If you’re not the boss, you may have to ask first, but there are plenty of desk decorations you can have around you to make you feel a little more at home, anything from photos of friends, family and even your pets! Or, you could always put a picture of your up and coming holiday destination to remind you that you’ve got something to look forward to!
8. Small Changes
If your work space is small or you work in a cubicle, you can still make a few changes to make it feel more like home. Add a plush rug, a comfy cushion, some interesting desk storage or a fluffy hot water bottle to keep cozy throughout the day.
If anyone has any other great ideas to tart up the work space, we’d love to hear about them or better yet, we’d love to see some pictures!