Design Tricks for a Highly Productive Workspace

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Design tricks for a highly productive workspace has been written by Lana Hawkins exclusively for Insanely Clever Marketing. Lana is an Editor at and a regular contributor to the Don’t Call Me Penny interior design blog.


Design Tricks for a Highly Productive Workspace

More and more experts, employers and freelancers start to realize the importance of a good office for productivity, motivation, concentration and creativity.

So, what makes a well-designed workspace which encourages all of these benefits? Let’s take a look.


Design Tricks #1: Remove clutter

No office décor tips and tricks will be of any help if the work environment is messy and cluttered.

Clutter is one of the biggest distractions, productivity killers and stress triggers in the office, so make sure to create an office design that helps keep clutter at bay.

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Plenty of closed and open storage, filing cabinets and sorting folders can greatly help, especially when combined with hidden electronics cables and good decluttering habits.


Design Tricks #2: Invest in practical furniture

Creating a functional workspace can be very expensive and no employer wants to waste extra money on impractical furniture.

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However, modular furniture is versatile, comfortable and very flexible. It can be easily arranged and rearranged so that it fits a variety of tasks and workgroups.

Modular furniture pieces allow workers to create solo workspaces, small collaboration groups and even large meeting areas.


Design Tricks #3: Add a touch of yellow

Since the beginning of time, offices were mostly painted in all shades of white, gray and beige. Sure, these neutral colors reduce distractions and make for a practical backdrop, but they offer zero stimulation!

So, if you consult Psychology of Color, you’ll see how beneficial colors can be to motivation, productivity and mood.

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Red definitely stands out as the most stimulating of all colors, but it also encourages some not so office-friendly emotions like aggression.

On the other hand, a color with similar stimulating effects, but no negativity is yellow. So, make sure to add a few accent details and decorative pieces in this sunny color to your office.


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Design Tricks #4: Boost comfort

Many people think that comfort makes people lazy and unproductive, but the truth is quite the opposite.

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A bit of coziness has a very positive effect on focus and productivity because it reduces stress and boosts wellbeing. Investing in stylish rugs is the quickest and easiest ways to boost warmth in the office.

Rugs come in practically infinite colors, patterns, styles, textures and materials, so pick the one that you like and give your hard office floors some cushioning!


Design Tricks #5: Silence, please!

One of the biggest distractions for the human mind is noise and most workspaces never lack it!

However, by investing in proper noise-reducing elements, you can minimize the background noise and have a (relatively) silent work environment.

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The best and most stylish way to do so is with acoustic panels. They attach to office walls and provide good noise insulation AND boost the aesthetic interest of the space.

Another thing that helps silence clamor are noise-canceling headphones. They allow you to blast your favorite music without being distracted by outside noise or posing a distraction to other workers.


Design Tricks #6: Light it up

One of the most important elements of good office design is ample lighting, especially of the natural kind.

Spaces full of sunlight make people more productive and healthier and they boost overall wellbeing and mood.

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According to a fairly recent study, employees who get plenty of natural light sleep better, are more physically active and have a better quality of life than those who work in offices without windows.

So, try to design your office with natural light in mind. If that’s not possible, investing in smart LEDs that mimic sunlight might be your second best choice.


Design Tricks #7: Let nature inside

People are greatly affected by nature—it’s in our genes to feel relaxed and comfortable when surrounded by greenery, even if we’re not aware of it.

Plants, flowers and trees have amazing effects on the human mind. They boost productivity, cognitive functions and attention, but also enrich our environment with fresh oxygen and clean the air of pollutants.

So, grab some durable indoor plants and green up your office!

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A workspace filled with these design tricks puts all of those old-fashioned, gray cubicles to shame.

It helps create productive, healthy and happy workers and successful businesses that will easily outlast the competition!


About The Author, Lara Hawkins

Lana Hawkins is an architecture student and the editor-in-chief of Smooth Decorator. She enjoys writing about interior decoration and landscaping. Lana is interested in sustainability and green building, from where she gets most of her inspiration.

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