When you work from home, it doesn’t matter what you do, but it matters where you do it. Or, rather, it matters what is in the area that you are working in. Did you know that every piece of furniture in your office space plays a role in your productivity, and therefore your potential and potential earnings? There are a few small things, and few big things that make an office functional, beyond function comes personal tastes and what works for your budget. However, psychology experts and interior designers alike champion using specific colours, textures, and lighting to get the most from your space.
As is commonly mentioned, most of us aren’t getting close to the amount of daylight we need, and there are plenty of vitamin deficiencies that go along with that. But, it is even more difficult for office workers who work in sky-high buildings, with maximum artificial light and minimal windows. If you can do so, place your desk as close to a window as possible. Luckily most people who are working from home can make the most of their available natural light sources. If you need an extra reason to move things around, workers who sit close to natural light sources have better sleep quality and higher productivity. If you happen to have thick curtains over your window, take these down and replace them with something that lets the light in or if privacy is no issue, take them down and allow the light flood the room.
Bringing Nature In
Natural textures, plants, wooden furniture and landscape photos kick your brain into action. Way back when we had to play hunter-gatherer, fruits and veggies played a big part in our diets, and so when we see them in our environment, our brain goes into overdrive. Sound terrible? Well actually, it ups motivation, enthusiasm, and productivity. So, filling your office up with plants – real and fake is a great idea. Trailing ivy, easy to care for succulents and cactus all give you that green boost. Nature textures and colours also help. Desks like those from www.oakfurnitureuk.co will provide you with the wooden grains, the softness and nothing beats that woody smell. To compliment your wood desk add some stone or granite plant pots. Cork Boards for helping you keep well organised are a great idea too. You can bring in some fresh smells also, woodland candles, fresh flowers or even room sprays.
The Science behind the Green
Having real plants has some significant advantages over the fakes ones. While visually you’re getting the basics from a fake you’re still missing out. Plants help purify the air; they reduce dust, CO2 and up to 87% of other toxins. Amazingly plants release up to 97% of the water that they consume, so the time you spend caring for them will be repaid by keeping your room just humid enough – less stuffy noses. NASA says that plants remove up to 97% of volatile organic compounds (air toxins) every 24 hours, so they never stop working. Since the increase in people working from home, the ability to online shop and generally people spending 90% of their time indoors, the green that we bring into the home promotes health. An Agricultural University in Norway found that people who work in offices with plants see a 60% drop in sickness. Not everyone loves the idea of adding things into the office that need a lot of care, so here are some suggestions of plants that would work in an office environment with minimal fuss:
Boston Fern – need a quick misting once a week, and the soil needs to remain damp.
Chinese Evergreen – reds and green, works great in low light, happy in warm places (offices notable warm from hot computers).
Snake Plant – These work wonders for people who might continually forget to water their plants, for weeks.
Peace Lily – great for low-maintenance care, excellent at cleaning the air. Keep the soil damp but not too wet, too much sunlight will turn the leaves brown.
Bamboo Palm – this one can grow pretty big if left to its own devices, they work in any lighting and only need moderate watering.
Keep it Clean
There is probably nothing worse than getting up full of beans and ready to work, but then when you get to your desk, you’ve left it cluttered and messy. You then end up spending some of that motivation and energy cleaning up before you can start work. At the end of every day, pack things away, put bits of rubbish in the bin or recycling and set up the desk ready for the next day. Pick up some files, pen pots, desk organisers and other things to help you stop the clutter.
White is always going to be high on the agenda, after all, it’s clean, bright and works great with natural lighting. But after that? Consider colours that you see in nature – some of which might surprise you. Of course, the blues of the sky, green of the grass, they are visible and go without saying. What about reds, pinks, and lavenders? Earthy tones, browns, stones, slates, all up for grabs. Try not to stray too far what you would find naturally, say on a walk in the woods or across a sandy beach. Use your wooden desk and a couple of plants as your inspiration and go from there.
Where the Wild Things Are
If you currently have very bare walls, think about getting some artwork or your favourite photographs framed and create something emotive and exciting. While you might prefer to buy a large photo of the ocean, making something yourself will add a nice personal touch to your work-space. Try to stick with an outdoor theme, beaches, woods, skies, and landscapes are going to work perfectly with the rest of the decor. Try and get it at your eye level, so that when you glance away from the screen or the notebooks, you see something refreshing and pretty. It can give you a boost of motivation.