No one wants to sit in a boring, white box all day. Office spaces should reflect the businesses and people who are there all day long. Decorating a space is important, and should consist of more than just a plant in the corner. Wall art can be used for aesthetic purposes, but it can also inspire creativity and even reduce stress by providing something relaxing for people to look at. This article from Forbes argues that by hanging art, you are showing pride in the company and workspace. Showing that you care about the environment people work in will increase the pride employees have for the company.
Even an art novice can curate an aesthetically-pleasing and inspiring collection of workspace wall art. It can be overwhelming at first, but with these three ideas, you can find an option that works for you!
1. Play Into the Business
Seek inspiration from the company as a starting point. Take the colors used for branding and search for pieces in the same scheme. To be a bit more literal, look for prints that invoke your industry. For example, if you work in environmental law, have nature scenes on the wall. You can also look for inspirational quote pieces to motivate employees. However, some of these are cheesy, and the purpose is to inspire, not get eye rolls. If a print would be at home in an elementary school classroom, it is probably not elevated enough for the office, and you should look for something more mature.
2. Support Local
Local artists can always use support from the community! You can commission someone to make a unique piece for your workspace, or ask for prints for a more affordable option. Working with a nearby gallery such as Aaron Gallery DC (check out their painting in the halls of AdvantEdge Workspaces!) is perfect for people who are unsure of what they want. Galleries can help you to curate a collection and source pieces, which means all you have to do is select what you like!
Have crafty employees? On a tight budget? Want something unique? There are many ways to DIY your workspace art. If your company leans towards being more creative, work on a collaborative piece together! Not only is it an excellent way to bond as a team, but it will be fun for people to point to art on the wall and say, “I did that!”
You can also create digital art in a program like Adobe Illustrator. There are hundreds of tutorials online showcasing how one can make simple abstract pieces. Print out your artwork at a store, buy a frame, and suddenly you have an easy, affordable, one-of-a-kind piece hanging in the workspace.
At AdvantEdge Workspaces, our clients have the freedom to decorate their rented spaces to create an inspiring work environment. Tour AdvantEdge today and see how you can make one of our shared workspaces your own!