The sun is shining. The flowers are in bloom. It can only mean one thing – spring is finally here! And given that this is the season of rebirth, what better time to make changes to your workplace?
With so many great ways to bring the outside in,you can create a truly vibrant, uplifting atmosphere that your staff will love. Your spring transformation could also bring long-term benefits in terms of productivity and retention, so making changes now could be a very shrewd investment.
Desktop plants are a great way to introduce a spring mood into the office. Not only that, but they can be great for your health and wellbeing.
The following plants make great desktop companions:
Peppermint – Not only does this plant release a fresh, minty fragrance, but you can also use the leaves to make tea. It is also said to make you feel more alert and supress appetite.
Peace Lily – Officially known as Spathiphyllum, Peace Lilies are one of the best office plants for cleaning the air. They are said to suck up paint fumes, which is perfect if you’ve recently had an office refurbishment.
Venus Flytrap – A fascinating plant due to the fact they eats insects and spiders, Flytraps are a great addition if you’ve got a spiky theme going on.
Pothos – Characterised by green heart-shaped leaves with white blotches, Pothos plants adapt well to different light levels and don’t require too much attention.\
Rap Tip: The home office design is one of the biggest trends of 2017, putting more emphasis on creating a comfortable, residential workplace. If you’ve introduced soft furniture into your office for a more homely feel, consider adding floral pillows for a lively spring vibe.
In addition to being evocative of spring, green is particularly good for busy environments due to its calming effect. This can help to boost staff satisfaction, which can lead to better retention.
This year Pantone recommend ‘Greenery’ and ‘Kale’. Greenery is a tangy, yellow-green that is illustrative of flourishing foliage, and has been selected by Pantone as their colour of the year. Kale, in comparison, is a slightly darker shade that works best when combined with lighter colours.
There are a number of ways that this can be achieved, including:
Living walls – This is the process where vertical surfaces are transformed into a wall of plants. A lush block of foliage can make for a visually stunning feature.
Plants – The presence of large plants such as Yuccas or Ficus Trees is an important feature of Biophilia. Real plants are preferable, but you could go artificial if they continue to be neglected.
Artificial grass flooring – This is particularly good for creating relaxing breakout areas in busy offices. It’s quirky, different, and a great talking point.
Introducing wall art is an easy, cost effective way to give your office a lift this spring. You could opt for themed wallpaper, art canvases or vinyl wall stickers – all of which will work great if you stick to the biophillic theme.
Remember, the biophillic design is all about bringing the outside in, so imagery of a forest or flowers in bloom will be a fitting addition.
Another great office refurbishment idea is to incorporate your company branding into the workplace. This will look professional in the eyes of clients, and add some extra colour to the interiors.
Introducing Natural Light with Work Zones
With most employees spending up to nine hours a day indoors, it is important to get as much natural light into the room as possible. Poor lighting can lead to your colleagues developing a negative mood, which in turn could reduce productivity.
Tearing down the walls and opting for an open plan office is one solution, but not necessarily the best. In an open plan office, workstations are shared by employees within an exposed floor plan, but many see this as distracting and counter-productive.
Rap Interiors is an award winning company that specialises in commercial fit outs and refurbishments. Our dedicated office designers provide innovative design solutions to match your company ethos. Thinking about updating your office this spring? Call 0333 600 1234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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