to your workspace: what style is right for you?
Just as your office space is a direct representation of your unique personality, it can also be said that the interior design choices of your workspace influence you. Think that statement is a reach? Consider this: Most professionals spend 30% or more of their week at the office. If you add that up over time, the average person spends approximately 13 years and 2 months of their life at work.
Our goal is not to leave you depressed (or toying with the idea of quitting your job!). Instead of viewing these statistics as daunting, imagine if your workspace was transformed into a space that feels like home because it represents you, a space with the right colors, textures and furniture choices to breed creativity, communication, focus or whatever purpose makes sense for you and your work style.
Although most interior design articles give tips on achieving a specific style or aesthetic, interior design trends are only one piece of the puzzle. Another important aspect, possibly the most important aspect, is understanding how to create a workspace that blends modern-day style and aesthetics with the emotions and perceptions you bring to the table.
Read over the various design concepts inspired by professional and personal styles to understand how to create a space worth potentially 13 years of your life.
As the life of the party, you love to mingle and meet new people. You don’t shy away from trying new things, and you are always up for an adventure. Your office space should be no different!
An accent wall of color, an open floor plan with seating options for colleagues and a vibrant, modern desk chair are great examples of options that will add a spirited touch to your workspace. If you are wondering where to start with color choices, orange offers a jolt of energy and innovation (just like you!). Since orange can easily become an overwhelming color, however, it is best used for accent pieces. To offset such a vibrant pop of color, consider office furniture with clean lines and modern touches.
You are not afraid to mix it up, and your office aesthetic should showcase that quality. Creating an eclectic space to reflect your personality can be one of the toughest styles to get right ―but with a good eye for colors, textures and patterns, your bold personality will shine through to everyone who enters your office.
The process of transforming your workplace into a space that reflects your personal style requires intentional furniture and design choices. With the right guidance, you can set up an office space that matches your body and mind to create the best you each and every day (for 13 years and 2 months, if we may be exact!).
Ask yourself: Does my office space reflect who I am? Do the color palette, furniture choices and room layout foster the goals and motivations I have each day? If the answer is not a confident “yes,” use this guide to understand more about who you are and how to create a space that supports the best version of yourself both inside and outside of the workplace.
Your leadership qualities come naturally. You pave your own way, independent from others, while always keeping an eye on the prize. Although your office space should be inviting to your colleagues, you also prefer to stay focused and undisturbed when it’s time to get results.
Your office should be a place of focus, as well as a place for collaboration. You are in charge! To showcase your independent and ambitious qualities, oak tones and clean lines are a great starting point for creating a space that allows collaboration but also has enough simplicity to ensure you can focus when the time is right. Many who fall within a more direct personality style go with a modern approach, think clean-cut furniture, neutral hues and polished leather and wood textures.
Quirky and trendy are not the words that come to mind when expressing your individuality in the workspace. Instead, you likely gravitate toward words like clean, simple and well-made to drive your imagination when creating the right office space for you.
Analytical and detail-oriented, you are known for taking your time and making the right decisions. You are a textbook perfectionist and prefer to rely on only yourself to get things done. Your tidy office space should reflect these same rare qualities with sleek filing cabinets and very few distractions.
The aesthetic and design choices of your office play a huge role in how you think and feel, and deep thinkers prefer to keep it modern and organized to drive their best work. Systematic personality styles may take inspiration from industrial spaces such as lofts, factories and new age hospitality spaces. Industrial-inspired office pieces, such as furniture with raw elements and designs that put practicality first, are a great fit to your functional work style.
You prefer a calm and collected approach, much different than others who prefer bold colors and eclectic touches. You have likely spoken the words, “If it does the job, I am good with it.” You do not necessarily prefer a cookie-cutter approach, but functionality and low maintenance is always top of mind to ensure most of your time can be spent thinking about what matters.
Typically described as easygoing, you tend to be relaxed and warm. You make your colleagues feel at home, and they look to you as a great listener and problem solver. Although you may avoid sharing your own emotions and thoughts at times, you want your office space to be cozy and inviting to others.
With soft colors and open seating, your work space is a direct reflection of your home space. You care about the functionality of your space, but you don’t place functionality over the feeling of keeping things simple and warm. Hues of brown and taupe and furniture choices that beckon others to stay a while add the perfect touch for someone with this peaceful and sympathetic style.
Your office space may be tidy and uncluttered, but that is simply because you place quality over quantity in all aspects of life. You value time with others, and your well-made, timeless office design choices should reflect these qualities as a retreat for yourself and your colleagues.