If you work from home, even some of the time, a home office is a great idea. Even a small workspace can help you to focus, give you somewhere safe to keep your business materials and equipment and make it easier to separate work and home life. It also gives you somewhere professional to hold meetings or host video calls.
But, in an attempt to be professional, many of us are guilty of being boring. We stick to plain white walls and black furniture. Our shelving is plain, and there’s a severe lack of personality. But, while you may feel this kind of office is professional, it might inhibit your creativity.
Adding a few splashes of color can increase your attention span, help you to focus, boost your creativity and even improve your mood. And, you can easily add a little color without losing your competitive edge.
Add A Fish Tank
Buying a fish tank and following Fish Tank Setup in your office can be a great idea. Fish are bright and colorful, but they can also boost your mood and help you to relax. Fish are also easy to take care of, and really one of the few pets that you can bring into the office without making work harder.
Bring in Some Nature
Plants and flowers are a fantastic way to add a burst of color to your office, while also helping you to relax and boosting the air quality in the room. Fresh flowers are great, but house plants can be better, as they last for longer. Just make sure they can get enough light, and try to find plants that don’t require much care if you aren’t very good at keeping them alive.
Get Creative with Your Stationery
No, you don’t need colorful notepads, pens and folders. The plain ones are usually cheaper and do the same job. But, do they cheer you up and make you smile? Do you take pleasure in buying them? You don’t need anything more than basic stationery. But, if you like pretty notepads and fun pens, and they make you feel better about being in the office, go for it. Or, get creative with some fine liners and decorate your own pads.
Add Some Personal Touches
An office doesn’t have to be cold and impersonal. Add some photos of your family or some of your kid’s artwork. Let your life in, and it won’t just be more colorful, it will be a happier and more peaceful atmosphere.
Don’t Forget Soft Furnishings
Your home office doesn’t have to be uncomfortable either. Add blankets, throws, cushions and other soft furnishings to improve the atmosphere, help you to relax, add personality and pops of color. It’s still a part of your home, and it should feel like it.
It’s always a good idea to avoid dark colors in offices. Lighter and brighter colors can help you to feel alert and focused, and improve your concentration. But, that doesn’t mean that all of your walls need to be white. Be bold with a fun feature wall and colored furniture.
How do you make your office or home office feel like “yours”? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!