I’m pretty sure I say this all the time but oh my gawd I can’t wait ’til we move into a place of our own. I’m looking forward to total wall freedom and the joy that will surely follow with the ability to put art wherever I want! The problem is, I’ve never owned a house before and I have NO clue where to start and unfortunately this lack of knowledge makes it really easy to fall into a pattern of inaction. Do you live in your own home? How did you get started on the path to owning your own home? Share your secrets and advice with me oh wise homeowners!
I can definitely see a situation like this happening in my own home. Gene Meyer’s creative space speaks to me on so many levels. I love the four different shades of green that anchor the space, I think they are pretty important. And the collage, oh the collage. I love it. I kinda feel like that is what the inside of my brain looks like – snapshots of colour and images that meld together in perfect chaos.
Considering the time an average worker spends in the office, it is only natural to pay attention to its design and décor. This space is like a second home, and there is no reason to strip it of any character and appeal. Besides, art has its rightful place in any environment, be it residential or business one. It lifts the spirit and ignites passion, so to think outside the neutral-colored, sterile box and do not hesitate to summon the artistic bliss.
Displaying office art does more than just enhance the visual appeal of the office. Work environment, via a wide array of cues and stimuli, has a profound effect on our psyche. Personalizing the space, for instance, has a direct influence on the workflow.
So, introduce family photos, hang paper tassels, take art prints from home, or split the image into printable-sized parts to get a makeshift mural. There are, of course, many other ways to add life to empty walls. Bear in mind that the choice of colors is paramount and that it can make a small office appear bigger.
WRITING’S ON THE wall
You can also create a printable calendar or arrange a few clipboards and picture frames in a strategic manner to create a discreet command center. My personal favorite, though, is a wall-mounted kraft paper roll. The otherwise unwieldy cylinder becomes more cooperative once attached to shelf brackets or miscellaneous hardware.
Finally, few things evoke inspiration as a timeless wisdom embodied in a strong quote. The beauty of it is that this is neither expensive nor labor-intensive way to infuse the office with more appeal. One can also employ lightweight plywood letters: Apart from thin underlayment pieces, you would need only a jigsaw.
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IN THE RIGHT MOOD
Mood boards are a great addition to any workplace. Namely, a work board can serve as a place for outlining projects or capturing brainstorming sessions. At the same time, it represents a nice visual spectacle. Indeed, one can list mood boards among the great examples of inspiring office art.
I would also not miss a chance to immerse in origami, the art of paper folding. It enables us to put together a visual symphony of sharp angles and lines. The variety of basic folds is astounding and allows you to get creative. Larger arrangements can adorn ceilings, and it is quite easy to replace them when needed.
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A STYLISH WORK ZONE
Furthermore, try to assemble an adorable corner work area. Apply the decorative woodwork to your working desk and turn it into a stylish centerpiece. Get into DIY projects in the league of a dry-erase frame, pencil cup, paper succulents.
Speaking of succulents, I have also seen a stunning example of Succulent Phone. Basically, you take an old phone apart and replace the innards with potting soil. While you are at it, spruce up the mousepad with tape and paint and let your artistic taste spill over into the digital realm by choosing a mesmerizing desktop background.
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BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
Just do not lose sight of functionality and create storage space that is both visually pleasing and handy. Green plastic bins can be transformed into vintage locker pieces with a fresh coat of nickel paint. If you want to add some shelves, why not do it in an industrial style.
So, get your hands on heavy-duty galvanized piping and couple it with boards and mounting hardware. A much simpler solution would be to make hanging clips with paper clip hacks for smaller items. And if DIY pegboard sounds like your cup of tea, purchase some T-pins to organize your supplies.
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TIME TO ROLL UP THE SLEEVES
The revolution in office design is underway. Draw inspiration from the living environment and the majestic, vivid world around you. Not everyone can afford a state-of-the-art office, but with a bit of creativity and work, you can make your cubicle a pleasant place and lighten your mood. Art is a powerful motivation-booster and goes a long way in making you feel better at work. Get past unimaginative and boring and feel your motivation and productivity make a big leap forward.
Lana Hawkins is an architecture student and an advisory editor at Smooth Decorator. She enjoys writing about interior decoration and landscaping. Lana is interested in sustainability and green building, and that’s where she gets most of her inspiration.
Today is the first time in a long time that I’ve been able to fling the doors wide open and just relax in the warmish spring air. It’s my favourite time of the year. The days are warm, but not too warm and the sun is rising a little earlier. I feel more inspired in the spring time which is a good thing because I am SLAMMED with freelance writing stuff at the moment. Yikes!
In the spirit of all things spring I give you the latest office inspo. Rebecca Taylor’s office is stunning. I love the muted colours and all that wall space but the bit I love the most is the Ellie Cashman floral wallpaper. I have loved that wallpaper from day dot and would LOVE to be able to hang it in my home one day. What do you think? Are you a fan?
How I wish to be working in this gorgeous, light, bright and most of all CLEAN workspace. How does your creative space look by the end of the week? Mine is always a little messy but you know what they say, the more creative the person the messier the desk (actually I don’t know if ‘they’ say this but they should).
This office is everything. There are no words.
My current workspace looks a little like this picture, well….kinda. I have an iMac and a bunch of magazines on my desk and I guess that’s were the similarities end. I can’t remember the last time I saw the surface of my desk. We moved into this house in 2010 so I guess it was right around then.
I’ve been reading a lot of articles lately on the positive links between creativity and messy work spaces. I’ve been very ‘blocked’ creatively lately so I’m hoping that making my desk messier than normal, by way of sticker prototypes and new printable designs, will help jumpstart my lagging creative process. What about you? How messy is your desk?
O.K. I know that 99.9% of the offices/workspaces that I feature on PPT are white I do admit I have a fascination with dark, moody spaces too. This office is my dream space for writing my (still unfinished but very close) novel. It’s inspiring and dark and enveloping. I could see myself being very happy there. Are you a fan of darker creative spaces or are you a fan of brighter rooms?
I’m suffering from a distinct lack of storage space in my current office setup and it drives me bonkers. We’re renting which means we can’t put up shelves and it’s hard to find standalone furniture that fits the bill. I think that’s what I love about this office space – so much (by the look of it) built-in storage cabinets.