One of the coolest parts of owning your own business is that it’s yours. Every decision made is up to you. And sure, that can be scary, but also very exciting! Tap into your creative side with your office and build a space that you can get excited about. The right office decor can convert your office into a creative place to develop your most successful ideas, rather than just four walls and a desk. Consider the following items when selecting furniture and supplies for your office. They can be great suggestions to help liven up your office space!
Buy a plant to bring both color and life (literally) to your office. Plants come in all different sizes so you can choose how much space you want it to occupy in your office. A full potted plant on the ground or a small desk plant...the choice is yours!
If you’re worried about your lack of a green thumb, try starting with a succulent-- they’re easier to manage and still add a pop of color and life to your space.
Both wall art and paint are other great ways to add color and energy to your office. Looking at a mural or perhaps a painting of your favorite place is far better than staring at a blank wall all day! The biggest misconception here is that wall art will break the bank. You can definitely find the right art for you on a budget, you just have to be willing to look. However, if you decide wall art isn’t in you budget, look into paint. An accent wall is an easy and cost effective way to add color to your space; and as an added bonus- you can do it yourself!
Personalize with photos. Framed, hung up on a bulletin board, or taped to the wall. However you set them up, personal photos are sure to bring a smile to your face when you’re working.
Adding a desk lamp will warm up your space and cut down on the need for harsh, fluorescent lights. Office lamps are also an inexpensive way to add some additional flare or color to your desk. Some lamps, such as a sun lamp, may even increase levels of serotonin (a mood boosting chemical), by mimicking the light of the natural sun. Who needs a sunny beach vacation when you can get all the natural sun you want from a desk lamp? Talk about an increase in productivity!
If you’re more of a visual person, get a whiteboard or chalkboard for your wall. Not only can you easily see your daily and/or weekly to-do list, you can motivate yourself by writing new, encouraging words each day.
The additional seating in your office, for clients or other visitors, is yet another space to show your style. You can go with chairs that have a little spunk and forego the standard leather chairs. But, hey, if leather chairs are you thing- then I say go for it!
Other, more standard, office supplies can be ordered in different colors to set a theme for your space. Maybe you pick the colors of your favorite team(s)! These items may include:
Pens and Pencils
At the end of the day, your office is an extension of you. Take the opportunity to express yourself! Make the space a place you’re excited to go every day and one that your clients will feel comfortable in as well.