Even if you love your job, getting ready for work can be a struggle, especially on those dark, stormy winter mornings. Sometimes, making it to the office is only half the challenge. The other half is forcing yourself to stop scrolling through your social media feeds and start being productive. Early last year, The Guardian published a piece exploring how artwork in the office could boost staff productivity. In the article, Dr. Craig Knight, an expert in psychology of working environments, explains that enriching a space with art could be a simple way of making employees feel more comfortable in their workspace and, consequently, help them be more productive. Here at Collectionair, we are strongly convinced that art plays a key role in transforming a basic office into a stimulating space for creative thinking. So here are five easy tips to help you fight the office blues with art.
PINPOINT YOUR VISUAL WALL
Before thinking about the type of artwork you want to have in your office, carefully examine the structure of your workspace in order to determine which one of your walls is the “visual wall”, a.k.a the first wall that a person sees when entering the room. Adding artwork to your professional environment is first and foremost about your personality and well being. But let’s be honest, it also feels pretty good to have your co-workers compliment you on your good taste. If you are going to spend time and money on adding art to your workspace, make sure your new acquisition gets the attention it deserves by presenting it on an uncluttered wall that is immediately visible to your office guests.
ARTUR GUTOWSKI, Rohingya, 2012
EXPRESS YOURSELF (RESPECTFULLY)
Like the artwork you purchase for your domestic space, the pieces you decide to present in your professional space should definitely be a reflection of your personal style. However, as much as we encourage you to customize your walls with the art you love, it is important to remember that your individual area is part of an overarching ecosystem that may have certain guidelines regarding what does and does not belong in an office setting. Avoid uncomfortable conversations with the HR department by going with a piece of art that fits with or enhances the general color scheme. Blue, for example, could be considered a safe-bet because of its peaceful, calming qualities. From a thematic perspective, find a balance between your personal preferences (favorite activities, countries, objects) and what is appropriate for the demographic makeup of your office visitors. If you happen to work in an environment with many children, for example, try to avoid artworks that depict overly violent or sexual scenes. Even if you believe that the piece is powerful and deserves to be admired, keep in mind that the people in your office did not come for the art – that’s just the icing on top of the cake – so they should not feel uncomfortable visiting your space.
MARC DURAN, L’Enfertvert, 2015
GO BEYOND 2D
When most people think of office art, the first idea that comes to mind is two-dimensional works, such as paintings and photographs. But office art does not have to be flat and framed. Think outside the box and experiment with mixed-media and three-dimensional pieces, such as sculpture and ceramics, by placing them on you desk, shelves or even as standing works on your floor. Try to play with these different media in a way that compliments the artwork on your walls while blowing new life back into your office furniture.
BATA, Pássaro, 2016
LESS IS MORE
If you have already started browsing Collectionair for artworks to showcase in your office, then you are probably getting excited about the wide selection of affordable pieces on our platform (which is exactly how we want you to feel). Before clicking away, remember that less is more when it comes to having art in your workspace. Unless you are a diehard fan of the overcharged, salon-style look, avoid cluttering every bit of your wall space with works or you might run the risk of making your room feel small and cramped. For example, a bold, geometric Gfeller+Hellsgard screen print looks best when presented alone on a neutral, solid-colored wall. As you decide what to showcase in your office space, try to prioritize visual impact over quantity.
GFELLER + HELLSGARD, Untitled 44, 2016
SWITCH THINGS UP
So you own more than one or two pieces of art that you would love to have in your office but want to avoid the chaos of showing them all simultaneously. Our suggestion is to think of your office as an exhibition space, with artwork displays that change regularly according to the season, your mood, special events or a sudden need to have a change of scenery. Just as you would move or replace the furniture in your workspace to freshen things up, do the same with your artworks in order to inject new energy into your office and revitalize your senses. As soon as you start getting annoyed by seeing the same painting or photograph everyday, switch things up and find something new in your collection to showcase in your office.