When it comes to choosing office decor, it's important to think about not just what looks good to you, but how to make the most of the space that you're working with. Providing employees with an office conducive to productivity is extremely important. Whether you're going for a traditional, modern, minimalist, or industrial look, you can take steps to provide your workers with a space where they can make the most out of their work time.

Carve out areas for both individual and group workspaces

According to the 2016 Gensler U.S. Workplace Survey, innovative companies are 5X more likely to have workplaces that prioritize both individual and group workspace.

Regardless of whether your office layout is open or more private (divided), it's important to make sure that your employees have the workspace options they need to do their best work. Some workers thrive in chaos, while others require peace and quiet to focus best.

Make sure you're incorporating quiet, focus areas for individuals that prefer it as well as areas where group collaboration can thrive.

These spaces should be inviting but not too busy, to avoid diverting attention away from the task at hand. You can hang motivational artwork or pieces, and you can place something that smells nice on the desk.

Scented candles are too big of a fire hazard for most offices, but you can substitute essential oil diffusers for the same effect.

Natural light is best

There is something simply soothing about natural sunlight. In fact, The University of Cornell concluded that offices that are optimized for the most natural light possible showed an 84 percent drop in symptoms of headaches, eye strain and blurred vision in employees.

These ailments are all productivity killers for workers, so the impact natural light has on your office space is important. Take the blinds off the windows and try out sheer curtains. Place desks near your windows and get rid of the overhead fluorescent lighting.

The ugly, green-tinted fluorescent light found in many offices are the types of lights that cause headaches. If you don't have enough windows to sustain on natural light alone, office lamps and desk lamps fitted with white light, incandescent bulbs are good substitutes.

Color palette matters

Choosing the colors of your walls or accent pieces shouldn't be something done on a whim. Color choices can have an impact on your employees' productivity. Drab colors such as gray, beige and white promote a dour, gloomy atmosphere that negatively affects women in particular. Light blues and greens result in more focused and efficient workers.

Red is eye-catching and intense. A full room of red may be too much for the senses, but a well-placed accent wall in the right environment could inspire passion. You can choose to mimic the palette of your logo or style guide, but lighter shades of the same hues are often an ideal route to take for paint colors.

Optimize for the needs of the space

Offices should have lots of types of space: personal offices or desk, meeting rooms, collaborative employee areas, etc. Tailoring your decor based on the room is crucial. For instance, in a meeting room, you are going to want to craft an inclusive and productive atmosphere. For personal desk spaces, optimizing for privacy and quiet is more important.

For example, in a conference room, make sure participants have easy access to power outlets and wifi for the maximum amount of people who will be using the room. Make sure the desk is also big enough for the occupants, as nobody wants to stand in the corner during a big meeting.

Perhaps you could place a few plants and art pieces to make the room more friendly, interesting and inviting.

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