We spend at least 25% of our week at the office. Why don’t we bring the style and sophistication of our home to our workspaces?

Let’s face it, most office environments have about as much character as a jail cell. It’s difficult to get excited about staring at a tan or gray panel all day while at work. Not only can a drab workspace affect employee satisfaction, it can also have a negative impact on productivity. Here are 5 tricks to create a workspace that shows your personality and inspires you.

Add Color, Texture, and Textiles

The easiest way to create a warm, inviting work environment is to add a little color, different textures and varying textiles. Pick up fabrics, frames, and knickknacks at your local craft store or even choose items from your home.

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Plants

The benefits to having plants in your work environment range from reducing stress to increasing creativity. Just look up scientific studies about adding plants to your office and you will find hundreds of reports.

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Plants that thrive in an office environment include:

  • Aloe
  • Spider plants
  • Cactus
  • Succulents
  • Ivy
  • Rubber plant
  • Peace lily

Display your passion

Your work area should inspire you, not bore you. Put your interests on display! Not only will they help motivate you, but it may help spark a conversation with your co-workers who have similar interests.

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Lighting

No one likes florescent lighting. Bring a little ambiance to your desk with a lamp that shows your personality and style.

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Keep it classy

Always be mindful of your co-workers and your company’s brand. Clutter never looks professional. Keep your alcohol paraphernalia at home (unless you work for the company). A well organized workstation with hints of your personality and style will make you look forward to coming to work and help you stand-out in a sea of cubicles.

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