Spending hours every day behind a desk can be boring, uninspiring and extremely repetitive. So why not create a space that you love, a space that inspires you to work and do your best work, a space that you look at and can’t wait to start a new project or work on a current one. There are so many workspace porn photos out there that you can spend hours fantasizing about but where do you start when want to design your very own inspiring workspace?
Having an inspiring workspace can be the difference between spending hours procrastinating and actually getting shit done! There are of course other reasons that can impact productivity levels but we think that creating an inspiring workspace is extremely important and that it can actually make you excited about doing your work. Crazy thought right?
Well we’re not the only ones who think this and we recently caught up with Zarina Fernandez from The Workspace Stylist to get some tips on how to create an inspiring workspace.
“Many of us spend multiple hours sitting (or standing) at a workspace either writing, calculating, creating, designing, administering or doing whatever it is that your jobs requires you to do. It makes so much sense that this workspace should be a beautiful and inspiring space. One thing we strongly believe in is that style and function must work together. One without the other is an ineffective workspace.
Whether it’s at home, a studio or an external office, putting your own personal style to a workspace can and will make you work better. We recently completed a medium-sized office project for a well-established firm that had grown quickly. As a result they had given little time and thought to their staff office workspace. It was a case of “let’s stick a desk and chair here and get to work.” They recently moved to bigger location and were given the opportunity to create a better working environment for their staff that we helped them to achieve that. The feedback received from the staff has been amazing. They are now proud to go to work and have loved showing off their new offices to their family and friends who visit. They dress better, staff morale has increased and business has generally grown. Of course we can’t take all the credit but the new stylish and functional workspaces have certainly impressed both the staff and their clients. We believe that positive results like these can be achieved anywhere you work, whether it’s a large office, a studio or a little workspace nook at home.
Where to start? Firstly, you need a good desk. Ikea has some great inexpensive options. If you have the budget though we recommend you buy a good quality desk for your working environment. In an office fit out we recently completed we were able to incorporate the older style, basic white Aero Designs Desks the firm had cleverly purchased 12 years ago. We added a few newer versions to the space and the simple white style meant that they went with everything and we could use the old ones without having to replace them. It was definitely a case of buy once and buy well. Secondly, you need a great chair. If you are spending hours sitting we definitely recommend a good quality ergonomic chair. We are big fans of the Sayl Chair by Herman Miller. There is nothing worse than an uncomfortable chair and it’s definitely not conducive to good work place practices either. If you are not sitting all day then any comfortable chair that looks good will suit. Natural light is always a great thing to have so a workspace situated by a window, with a view, or in a room where there is lots of natural light always feels fantastic to be in. If that’s not an option, a good table lamp and overhead lighting lit appropriately for computer use is the next best thing.
Next it all comes down to styling. This is where you can add your own personality. If styling doesn’t come naturally to you we recommend searching Instagram, Google or looking in magazines for inspiration. Search ‘workspaces’ and see if there’s a style you particularly like that matches your personality. We love inspiration boards and inspirational prints and there are some fantastic Australian designers out there. Check out Al & Em pin boards and Alma Custom Designs. Plants and/or flowers are a must and they’re also great for improving air quality. Some of the best indoor plants are the Zanzibar Gem and Devil’s Ivy. If you’re a fan of candles they can also help create a nice atmosphere and make your space smell nice. Never underestimate the power of smell because a musty workspace is not a place where anyone wants to work. Family photos and travel souvenirs could also be placed in your workspace to give you inspiration and to remind you of the reasons why you’re there working. Most workspaces need some sort of storage too. Shelving can range from floating shelves, bookshelves, filing cabinets to on trend leather strapped shelves. Some of our favourites are from Lightly designs and H and G Designs. Whatever you choose can be easily improved by adding the same coloured folders, binders or storage boxes. Add some styling such as plants and decor to your shelves and you can actually make storage stylish as well.”ht="620" /> Assemblages Leather Shelves from Lightly Designs.