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Decorating the Workplace: Decorative Schemes Designed to Promote Productivity

Home decoration isn’t just about decorating the home. Interior décor brings specific design qualities to every room in the home, in each case intended to deliver an atmosphere or an aid to living. A bathroom, for example, may be decorated in themes that promote relaxation and escape. A kitchen may be decorated to encourage social behaviour. An office – whether it’s a home office, or an office taken on in external premises – can similarly be decorated to promote work.

The following, then, are some decorating tips that may help to unclutter the workflow in serviced offices:

1: Keep it clean. The tidier the workspace, the more productive the worker. This is as true for a home office as it is for a hired office. In simple terms: if there’s stuff all over the place, it’s very difficult to find that important piece of paper; the mobile phone; or anything else you need to put your hands on. Decluttering the desk space is just the start. A completely uncluttered office encourages neat thinking; and neat thinking encourages productive and well organised work.

2: Pay attention to natural light. Natural light is the friend of concentration. While artificial light makes eyes and brains tired, natural illumination works on a frequency more palatable to the eye and the brain. Also, if you decorate with a view to enhancing the amount of natural light in an office you don’t then have to spend extra money on lighting. Energy saving, after all, is the watchword of the day – and that’s only going to get truer as resources continue to dwindle. Decorating an office should also be an opportunity to maximise its potential for saving on energy.

3: Give every office space a natural breakout area. The concept of the breakout is a phenomenon peculiar to office work. In essence, it’s there to give workers a chance to stretch their legs and to get their eyes away from a screen. The breakout area must therefore be away from the desk, and preferably, if it is furnished, furnished with chairs that promote postural wellness.

4: Don’t be afraid to include interesting objects in your room. There is a major difference between a lack of clutter and a lack of anything. A collection of interesting objects can give the eye and the mind something to latch onto other than the glow of a computer screen. They may also help to stimulate creative thought. If you want to go to the next level, and start treating yourserviced offices like the next headquarters of a major search engine or online creative company, include toys and games. Workflow goes surprisingly well when there are stimulating things around to get the juices running.

5: Use light colours. Again, light colours help to maximise the light already in a room and so minimise the need for artificial light. They will also make the space look bigger, which in turn makes it feel nicer to be in.

6: Consider sound. Noise is one of the most disruptive elements in any office environment. Wooden floors, then, might look good but they’re not appropriate for communal working areas. Your goal is to keep that natural light around without losing too much sound insulation. This means carpet, and plenty of it.

Office decoration is the same as home decoration. The office is just another room, with built in requirements and a palette of tricks to make the most of the space.


Nan Bucket is a business analyst. She has recently written a book on how the environment of serviced offices affects workflow.