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A lot of people don't realise just how big of an impact the interior of one's office environment can have on productivity and general employee well-being. Boring, drab office environments can be depressing as well as demotivating. If you have the luxury of being able to choose the design and layout of your office space, you're in the lucky minority of people working in the professional sector.
One of the best ways to make your office a bit more pleasing to the eye is to take a minimalist approach to the design. Minimalism is all about striping everything down to the bare essentials and utilising only as much as you need in order to get a point across. Since offices are usually quite spare in design to begin with, the principles of minimalism can easily apply to this type of environment.
Taking a modern/minimalist approach to office design is as easy as understanding the basic principles of this style, and is the perfect solution if you're looking for a tasteful redesign of your space.
Start With a Colour Scheme
Before you start ripping the walls down and making major transformations to your space, you've got to consider what is perhaps the most important aspect of modern design - colour. The colour scheme you choose has to be just right in order to pull this look off, as certain colours will clash heavily with modern/minimalist design. Colours in this style are almost always muted and mostly consist of natural earth tones; greens and browns are very commonly utilised, as are greys and silvers. Black is, of course, a huge part of minimalist design, and white can be used to create a strong sense of contract. Once you have a colour scheme picked out, you can start thinking about the fun stuff.
Choose the Right Furniture
The furniture in your office environment will make or break whether or not it is a comfortable space to work in. It can also have huge visual appeal (or lack thereof), which is why it's important to be discerning when shopping for office furniture. Modern tables and desks tend to be sleek and relatively basic in design, often utilising glass and brushed metal. Black leather couches are quite modern in design, and can look great in a minimalist office's common area. Ergocentric chairs are ideal for keeping your employees comfortable during a long day of work; just be sure to do your research and compare one brand against another. When picking furniture, avoid pieces that are overly elaborate in design, as the idea is for modern office furniture to not attract unnecessary attention to itself.
Utilise Proper Storage Methods
Most people can attest to how uncomfortable it can be to work in a messy office. Leaving supplies strewn about the office will not do you any favours, and can make your office environment look terrible. Instead, implement plenty of storage cabinets so that you can store these items away in a neat and tidy manner, which will help to emphasise the minimalist look of your space. After all, modern design is all about getting rid of unnecessary clutter.
Just about any office can use a face-lift from time to time. If you're looking to switch things up, a modern/minimalist approach may be exactly what you need.
Sara is a freelance writer who enjoys blogging about lifestyle, relationships, and life as a woman. In her spare time, she enjoys soaking up the sunshine with her husband and two kids.
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