How to upgrade your work space
Our surroundings have a significant impact on our mood and productivity (as anyone who has had the displeasure of working in a dark and drab cubicle will tell you.) Clean, welcoming work spaces with personalized touches help keep our minds uncluttered and our motivation high. Here we share our tips for designing a workspace that inspires creativity and contentment, and helps you get your work done!
1. Bring in the light
Know that dispiriting feeling that sinks in after working for hours in a windowless room under harsh, fluorescent lights? Lighting is a critical design element, and it's especially important in a place where you'll presumably spend most of your daylight hours. For years, research has shown that exposure to natural light during daylight hours has a powerful impact on workplace productivity and overall quality of life. If you're a telecommuter, or if you have a say in where your office desk is located, consider designing your workspace around a source of natural light. You may find that your mood, mental clarity, and event your sleep patterns significantly improve.
For those of us who can't access daylight, there are many ways to manipulate artificial light to our benefit. Choose a good desk lamp with adequate light to reduce eye strain. To give the illusion of daylight, use LED bulbs with colour temperatures of 5000k or higher. These emit white to bluish-white coloured light, similar to the colour of natural sunlight. Some modern desks feature built-in LED lighting to reduce desk clutter, for example, our Turati Home Office Solutions offer built-in back-lit shelves for a soft and natural glow.
2. Add a pop of colour
If you're a commuter, you're all too familiar with the typical grey or neutral colour schemes that adorn most modern office spaces. While neutral palettes can bring a clean, minimalist aesthetic to the workplace, it’s good to break the monotony with a dash of colour at your personal workstation. Personalize your deskscape with colourfully framed photos, desk accessories, calendars or vibrant desk screens. If you’re crunched for space, you can opt for functional items like colourful stationary in place of trinkets — either way, small pops of colour will keep you feeling inspired and give your eyes a break from the drudgery of white and greige.
If you’re a telecommuter, take advantage of the broadened creative liberties that working from home affords and bring some colour into other areas of the workstation as well, like your desk, chair, or walls. The Home Office is available in dozens of colors and finishes, from natural wood tones to vibrant, primary colour lacquers. And as an added bonus, this space-saving desk folds up into a modular cabinet when the day’s work is done, keeping all your papers neatly out of sight.
3. Experiment with textures
Like colour, texture is key to creating visual interest and breaking the monotony of typical office spaces. Add some trendy macramé wall art above your desk, throw in a leather desk mat, or opt for metallic-toned office supplies (rose gold or silver pen holders, staplers and tape dispensers add a touch of glam!).
Here again, telecommuters have a bit more creative freedom when it comes to their office design. Foster a welcoming vibe in your home office with textured elements like an area rug, throw pillows or blankets. Or choose furniture with integrated metallic or natural wood accents. If you’re remodeling your home office, you can’t do much better than these Shelving Unit Room Dividers — these full-height shelving units feature a wide variety of options, including a sliding panel to conceal a television, closed storage cabinets, or a desk. It’s a workspace, shelving system, and statement décor piece, all in one!
4. Extra storage is key
Some say a messy desk is a sign of creativity, but no one can be their most productive when they’re drowning in clutter. When pens, keyboards, and important documents become lost in a sea of old sticky notes, it’s time to Marie Kondo your office. Clear away the mess, and utilize extra storage! When organizing your desk be sure to keep all of your essentials within arm’s reach — you should not have to get up or move your body to access basic tools like your calculator, desk phone, or note pads. Things you use less frequently can be cleared off the primary workspace to make way for, well, working!
5. Bring the outside in with potted plants
Like natural light, botanicals have been shown to improve mood, reduce stress and boost productivity in the workplace. Though we may be primarily indoor creatures, we all have an innate desire to be around nature. That’s why decorating your home office or desk with a bit of green can make you feel happier and more psychologically engaged. Plus, they’re just nice to look at — so what’s not to love?
6. Choose an ergonomic chair
Sitting in an uncomfortable office chair for hours on end can put a terrible strain on your back and neck. One of the best ways to instantly upgrade any work space is to find a comfortable, ergonomic, and stylish office chair. Get a desk chair that keeps your body properly aligned — when seated, your knees and elbows should rest at 90-degree angles; your lower back and forearms should be supported, and you should be able to adjust the height as needed.
7. Surround yourself with things you love
Inevitably, we feel our best (and do our best work) when we are surrounded by things that we love. After all, design is about filling our space with things that bring us joy and removing things that do not — and while we may only have so much creative license when styling our office, integrating emotionally valuable items into our work areas can keep us inspired and combat mental fatigue.