Productivity is an obsession in today's world. Whether you’re at the office or working from home, there is a perpetual need to stay active, think creatively, and stay on task. At times, however, this can be easier said than done. Certain office or home interior elements, from flooring to wall decor, can end up creating an environment that is not as conducive to a productive mindset. The effects can be subtle, but they are very real as people can feel sluggish more easily and be distracted more often. Here are some ideas for shaping your home or office interior to create an ambiance that supports and encourages the productive mindset.
How to Improve Office or Home Ambiance
Change the Lighting
The flickering fluorescents that characterize most office spaces may make things brighter, but they can wear on productivity—especially when combined with staring at a computer for hours on end. Natural lighting has been shown to help improve alertness and attention, making it better for reducing stress and enhancing focus and productivity. In some homes or offices, this just means some extra windows can help, but other buildings aren't always as lucky. In these cases, swapping fluorescents for string lighting or soft-coloured bulbs can help reduce the strain instead.
Harness a Colour Scheme
Colour theory is the understanding of the psychological impact that a home interior's shades and hues can have on people. For instance, soft blue is known to produce a calming effect and ease blood pressure, while purple makes people more contemplative. Incorporating the right colours into your wall decor and flooring tiles helps cultivate a productive ambiance throughout the home or office. The exact colours you want depends on individual needs. Yellow, for instance, is more energizing and can be good for creative needs, while a relaxing blue could work for a break or lunch area. For general needs, neutral colours tend to produce a more open and relaxed environment. The power of colours can be harnessed even without redoing your office or home tiles—decorative elements or pictures can help too.
Mind and Maintain the Right Sound
Work environments can sometimes be noisier than we'd like. The unwanted sounds could be from other coworkers, traffic (foot or vehicle), or any of the other constant sources of noise that permeate daily life. This can lead to distractions and disruptions that make productive thinking harder. Simple touches like a "quiet room" or a radio can help cultivate the ambiance needed to support workers. Bringing in headphones and a selection of ambient music or nature sounds you find most useful is also an option.
Keep Things Clean
A cluttered environment leads to a cluttered mind. While you don't need to be a neat freak, there's something about an organized space that helps spur productive thoughts. It could be that simply being able to find what you need quickly improves efficiency overall. Or it could be that cluttered spaces feel smaller and more confining. Taking a few minutes to straighten things out and put loose files and supplies away can have surprising results.
Add Some Plants
Incorporating greenery into your office space helps improve productive thinking and keeps the head clear. Although real plants can help by improving the air quality (and sometimes scent) of a room, even artificial ones have their place. A well-chosen arrangement can add visual interest to a space and help keep the mind from wandering too much against a sparse backdrop.
Get Top Office and Home Floor and Wall Tiling at Centura Tile
Centura Tile has been a leader in tiling since 1933, and this is reflected in the large variety of wall and flooring options we have on offer that can help enhance any office space. To learn more about colour theory and using interior design to improve productive thinking, or to ask other tiling questions, feel free to contact us or visit a Centura Tile dealer near you.