8 Ways to Create the Perfect Office

8-ways-to-create-the-perfect-officeChanges in technology and the ways in which business people interact have actually had an impact on the interior design of most office spaces.

Everything these days is wireless and paperless, which means that sumptuous closets and luxuriously deep drawers are increasingly a thing of the past and that there’s far less desk space required for wired clutter like cable routers and gargantuan printers.

These changes in interior design have left many designers with an artistic carte blanch and open door for experimentation. This opens up possibilities like creating glass side walls that increase transparency to ceiling lights that dim towards the evening to curb energy costs.

Consider Rounded Pieces 

It’s been shown that rounded furniture – rather than desks and couches with sharp angles – has been tied to fewer negative emotions. Workers and clients have a positive psychological response to rounded furniture, and a happier workplace is more conducive to higher productivity and creativity in the long haul.

Install Indoor Plants 

Office plants and flower arrangements have been shown to help workers de-stress and recover from high work volumes. By installing a plant in the office, you’re cutting down on indoor air pollution at the same time as you’re making workers feel more at home.

Glassy is Classy 

Installing glass walls and partitions is an excellent way to lend an upscale flavor to any office environment. Glass sliding doors are ideal for conferences and go well in rooms placed in the center of large spaces.

Consider Color Carefully 

Brighter lights have been tied into more mental clarity and the ability to brainstorm many ideas on the spot. On the other hand, dimmer lights give employees the sense of freedom and possibility.

Raising the Glass Ceiling 

Employees, understandably, also gain a sense of freedom when placed in an office environment that has higher ceilings.

In lieu of making costly renovations or transitioning to an office space with sky-high ceilings, simply installing ceiling lights can bring more flavor to the office and allow managers to dim the lighting remotely and reap energy savings.

A Room with a View 

Many executives are torn between wanting to keep an eye on their employees and wanting a corner office that provides a view of the surrounding vistas.

Coupling sliding glass doors with a glass wall that opens up to the surrounding environment – which in Silicon Valley isn’t too shabby looking! – is a great way to lend openness and a touch of class to any office space.

Add a Corporate Break Room 

A break room can be more economical than you might at first think, and break rooms are relatively easy to keep going. Choose a centrally-located office space with enough interior space to accommodate large work groups and stock the shelves with teas, coffees, mugs, energy bars and other essentials.

Allow Employees the Option 

Studies have shown that when employees are given the choice over interior design decisions in the office workplace productivity increases by over 30 percent.

Employees who were given their choice of wall color and wall decor, for instance, showed a higher identification with their employers and more commitment to corporate teamwork.

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10 Items for a Modern Autumn Tablescape

10-items-for-a-modern-autumn-tablescapeFall is symbolic of warm, earthy colors and fragrant smells that remind us the holidays are near. Falling leaves in shades of umber, burnt orange, green and gold, and wonderful aromas like pumpkin, cinnamon, spice and pine reflect the warm, comfortable ambiance of fall. With a little creative effort, you can design a unique, modern centerpiece or tablescape that brings the fall season into your home. Take a look at 10 great design ideas.

White Pumpkins.  Pumpkins are a fall tradition, but they don’t have to be bright orange. White pumpkins make an elegant fall centerpiece for any interior style. For a touch of glamour, tie long, shimmering ribbons in crimson, forest green, gold or silver around the stems of the pumpkins.

Metallic Gourds.  Nothing reflects modern style better than shiny surfaces. Using various sized gourds for your tablescape, paint them in metallic hues of gold and silver. You can use natural gourds or wooden or paper gourds that you can find at most craft stores.

Chrome Containers.  Chrome is a reflective surface that always feels contemporary. Find a chrome container in a size and shape that compliments your décor. Buy three to five of them and space them evenly down the center of the table. Fill them with candles, berries, pine cones, stones or moss for decoration.

Bronze and Copper Vases.  Lovely vases are always great for a tablescape, and bronze and copper hues are perfect for fall. You can use one large vase or a series of smaller vases to anchor the centerpiece. Fill them with twigs, pine cones, greenery or beautiful, fresh fall flowers.

Wooden Trays.  The deep, warm tones of wood can create an inviting fall table. Look for wooden planters, bowls or decorative trays to enhance your dining room. Large planters and bowls can be filled with fruit and greenery. Small rectangular trays will look great with votive candles, berries or pebbles.

Mosaic Accents.  You can create a stunning table with mosaics and colored glass. You’ll find mosaic vases, tiles, trivets, coasters and decorative ornaments in beautiful rainbow colors. Mosaic tiles come in backed sheets that make a dramatic statement as a runner down the center of your table.

Mercury Glass.  Old mercury glass items like decanters, candy dishes, candle holders and vases create an elegant, sophisticated ambiance. When combined with candles, the reflective qualities of the mercury glass gives off a soft, warm glow that’s quite beautiful.

Bamboo.  For a clean, modern look, natural bamboo makes a simple, yet strong statement. For small rooms, use live, green bamboo stalks bundled in simple wooden containers. For large rooms with high ceilings, use tall stalks of dried bamboo in large hurricane vases. Anchor the bamboo with rocks, pebbles or marbles for stability.

Cattails.  Live or dried cattails make a wonderful centerpiece that adds height to the table. You can use them alone in a clear glass container, or add them to a more colorful centerpiece that contains flowers and greenery. Either way, they create a unique look for a fall table.

Feathers.  You can find exquisite feathers in a variety of sizes and colors at most craft stores. Tall pheasant, ostrich and peacock feathers look beautiful in large bronze, copper and chrome containers. For more color, tie soft, velvet ribbons in cranberry, burnt orange or gold around the containers.

There are so many great items you can use to create a beautiful table for the fall season. Just walk outside and let nature be your guide to wonderful colors, textures and organic elements all around you.