With the New Year fast approaching, the interior gurus at Rockett St George have started to think about what they can do to make workspaces more functional.
Particularly for the many of you who trade from home, interiors can have a powerful effect on your mood. It means that, when redecorating or designing a room, the function of the room and the way you want it to make you feel should always be your top priority.
With that in mind, here's Rockett St George's top 5 tips to help you work and trade smarter this year...
1. Consider The Purpose Of Each Room
It goes without saying that not every room in the home serves the same purpose. The living room is the chill-out zone, whilst the bedroom is a place to escape, be in peace and relax.
So with that in mind, write down the activities and purpose of the room along with feelings and emotions that you want to create and then decide on the decor that would best suit this purpose. For the home office, you want to create the very opposite of a hang out zone and create a room to get shit done (translation: bank profit).
The atmosphere should be peaceful, but also inspiring. So why not create a picture wall / pinboard filled with inspiring photos, trader quotes, memories – anything that gets your mind in the zone! Jane, co-founder of Rockett St George, does this to help get her inspired and along with her warming, accent lighting she has created the perfect work spot.
2. Choose Your Colour Wisely
Colour can have a very powerful effect on mood. If you get it right, your interiors will feel welcoming and inviting, get it wrong and it can have a detrimental effect on the atmosphere of your home.
When painting and decorating your workspace one crucial aspect to consider is whether the room is north or south facing. For those of us who have darker offices, perhaps north facing, the key is to opt for warming tones that will create a feeling of cosiness rather than cooler colours which can create a stark, impersonal feel. Whilst in lighter, south-facing offices golden and brighter colours work with a dazzling effect.
3. Spacial Awareness Is Key
How you position your furniture and where you store your things can all have an effect on your mood. For most of us, cluttered offices create a feeling of overwhelm and at worst: chaos. That’s why stylish storage solutions are an absolute must for the office. You need to be able to hide away the things that cause you stress or that are simply not beautiful. Keep your files and admin in stylish boxes and let the feeling of relaxation wash over you.
This is a principle practised in minimalism and whilst we are not suggesting that you go that far, there is value in clearing away things out of sight and even having a good clear out. You can sell the items and pieces that you don’t want in car boot sales or alternatively give it to charity. Seriously… having a good clear out can be really transformative in changing the atmosphere of your office and thus will make you more productive in 2018!
4. Bring The Outdoors In
Bringing a little of the outside in can work wonders in transforming the mood of the room. Whats more, you can have so much fun creating a tropical paradise or a office full of greenery.
We are big fans of pops of green, and plants literally breathe life in the room so we think it's important to have at least one plant in your office. Don’t worry, if you’re a plant killer (like us) you don’t need to have a real plant to reap the same benefits that bringing a little greenery into the room. Faux plants work just as well and evoke feelings or reconnection with nature.
5. Light It Up Baby!
Natural lighting is KING when it comes to creating a warm and welcoming feeling in the home – so if you’ve got it, flaunt it, baby!
For those of you with north-facing rooms or less natural light good lighting can be absolutely crucial in creating a working atmosphere. Installing a dimmer switch is a great way of creating a peaceful mood in the office and you can use desk lamps and floor lights to illuminate your workspace, which will create beautiful shadows in the rest of the room that will create a cosy and welcoming atmosphere in the office.