Mondays suck. But they might suck a little less if you enjoyed your office space!
If you're decorating your office on a budget, we've put together some tips that'll boost your productivity and lower your stress levels without breaking the bank.
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Decorating Your Office on a Budget
You don't have to spend an arm and a leg to get the office of your dreams. These cost-effective decor ideas will make a big impact on your work life.
1. Natural Elements
Plants give life to a room, literally. They improve the air quality of a space by taking in carbon dioxide and putting out fresh oxygen. Some indoor plants even help manage the humidity levels in places with drier climates.
Besides their physical health benefits, plants are also energy and mood boosters.
Don't worry if you don't have a green thumb. There are plenty of low-maintenance house plants to choose from.
If you're a pet owner decorating a home office, do some careful research before making your plant purchase. Some plants are harmful to cats and dogs.
2. Better Office Furniture
Functionality is key when it comes to decorating your office. You want it to look good, but you also need it to be comfortable and well-organized.
Opt for office furniture that promotes good posture and gives you easy access to the stuff you use every day.
For example, you chair should provide soft support for your back, but it shouldn't be so cozy that you start slouching. It should also have an adjustable height. That way, you avoid having to lean over to reach the desk items you use most often.
3. New Colors
The main way to add color to your office is to paint the walls. Colors play a huge role on our mood and productivity in a space. According to studies on color psychology, each color has a different effect on our brains.
- Yellow is an optimistic color that can make your office feel happier and more fun.
- Certain shades of blue can make you feel calmer and help you concentrate.
- Red is a passionate, energizing color that can actually get your blood pumping faster.
You might not be able to paint the walls of a shared office. Or, you might not be ready to commit to a paint color. If painting isn't an option for you, have no fear.
You can add color to your office without ever cracking open a paint can. Here are some colors ideas that are cheap, simple, and don't require commitment:
- Jars filled with anything colorful (like M&Ms, aquarium rocks, paper clips, etc.)
- Assorted colorful post-it notes
- Colorful photos or tapestries on the wall
- Even changing the screensaver on your computer!
However you choose to do it, adding new colors to your office is a great way to completely transform the space.
Whatever Makes You Happy
When you're decorating your office on a budget, the most important thing to consider is how your office makes you feel. You're going to be working there all the time, so ask yourself:
- Does my office help reduce my stress?
- Am I physically comfortable in my office?
Keep experimenting with your office decor until the answer to both questions is yes.
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