Is Your Office Décor Getting You Down?

Take a look around your office. Is your décor an inspiration or a dud? Whichever it is, it’s probably negatively affecting productivity and morale.

When the décor of an office space doesn’t inspire workers, they may become depressed. This can lead to low productivity, loss of interest in the work environment and a negative attitude overall. An uninspired work environment may also be a risk for employees who are prone to anxiety or panic attacks.

Tossing out some tired old office decorations for some new ones is one way to perk up productivity. Some ways to go about changing things up include installing new plants, changing out the lighting and purchasing artwork from local galleries that reflect what your company does or values.

If you aren’t sure where to begin with improving your office décor, there are plenty of resources available online that can help point you in the right direction. For example, Huffington Post has a list of suggestions on how to make any office more visually appealing without breaking the bank. If you want to get really creative and put some money into it, Design Taxi has suggestions on how you can use innovative design features like potted trees within your workspace.

Office décor is a crucial part of the work environment. It can be used to foster team building, unity and increase morale.

There are several different types of office décor that can improve the office environment. One type of office décor is useful or decorative art. Wall art comes in many different forms, from prints, paintings and even plants. Some offices choose to hang inspirational quotes or sayings on their walls to make employees feel more motivated and confident about their work, while others prefer to hang pictures of their company’s logo or mascots.

One way to add pizzazz to an office space is through posters. Posters are a great way to add color and excitement to any space. From motivational posters, such as “The best way to predict your future is to create it” by Brian Tracy, to funny posters with witty sayings such as “I’m not a procrastinator… I’m just very selective about the future I’d like to have” by George Carlin, posters can do wonders for any dull space.

Another type of office décor is the humble plant. Plants in the workplace aren’t just there for show; they actually help increase productivity and lower stress levels among employees. A study conducted by NASA found that when plants were placed

I have always been fascinated by the idea of computer generated art and in 2006 I decided to try creating some of my own. 

The first piece I created was a digital painting that I called “Flowers”. This is a picture of a field of flowers with a path meandering through them leading up to a castle. At the top of the painting is a near bird’s eye view of the castle. 

I was never satisfied with this picture and, for the next couple of years, worked on improving it. I did this both by learning more about digital painting techniques and by working on my drawing skills with pencil and paper. 

In 2009, I began working on an improved version of “Flowers” that I eventually called “Mystic Castle”. This was truly a labor of love. 

Writing this blog was also helpful because it made me more aware of how people responded to my art and how they interact with art in general. This blog is where I share my knowledge and thoughts on all things related to art including computer art, traditional art and office décor.”**

You wouldn’t think that office design has much to do with how happy people at work are. But it does.

When companies pay people well and treat them with respect, they tend to be happier. But they also tend to want to do things that make them even happier, like decorate their offices.

One thing they often want to do is put up posters. And some employers try to discourage this because they don’t like the look of the posters or because they fear that the posters will give employees ideas about who to vote for or what causes to support. Ugly politics!

But there’s a better reason for not putting up too many posters: because it tends to make people sad.

A study in the September issue of Environment and Behavior reports on a survey asking employees in various industries which aspects of their work environment are most and least important to them. The authors, from Clemson University and the University of Exeter, found that “decorating” had more negative than positive ratings (by a ratio of about 2:1). It was ranked next-to-last by frequency of mention as well, after only “fire safety/emergency preparedness plans.”

Last week, I had the pleasure of interviewing a number of companies that were interested in our services. My job was to make sure they weren’t just talking about their products, but actually understood what their customers’ needs are and whether their products do, in fact, fulfill them.

The most interesting company I talked to makes a product that allows you to use your computer screen as a canvas for artistic expression. I’ve been following this technology for several years, and it’s always struck me as an intriguing idea.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2.6 percent of all employees work as artists and related workers, earning a mean annual income of $49,640. The bureau categorizes artists as those involved in performing, composing and arranging or choreographing music; writing and illustrating books and magazines; designing original artwork for use by manufacturers; creating advertising campaigns for television and radio; producing original artwork for newspapers, magazines or advertising firms; or creating visual effects for movies and television.

Tasks performed by artists vary widely. For example, graphic artists create logos and illustrations for advertisements, websites and magazines. Commercial artists may create displays for retail stores. Industrial designers develop new products. Fashion designers design clothing lines for specific companies or individuals. Animators create special effects for television programs, films and video games.

All of these careers require artistic talent and training in computer technology. However, many industrial designers are trained at art schools rather than through a computer science curriculum. Therefore, if you are interested in this career path it is important to research the types of schools that offer an industrial design program before making a decision about college.

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