Artwork delivers a message and makes an impression on anyone who observes it, often in subconscious ways unknown to even the viewer themselves. Similarly, the design and layout of a physical space is no different—impacting the mood, energy, and atmosphere that a visitor interprets.
Both of these ideas are vital when considering how you decorate your workspace. Any client, collaborator, coworker, or boss can and will be influenced by the art you choose to put on display. It can change how you are personally seen or even emphasize the idea behind your company’s brand or larger work culture.
Ensuring that the artwork you choose sends the correct message is not as difficult as it might seem. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your entire company’s work environment or hoping to make a statement in your personal office, the following are six tips, tricks and ideas for bringing art into your work space.
The Opening Statement
First impressions last. Whatever a person, client, or coworker sees upon entering your office is likely to make a lasting impression. Make sure you consider what a person initially sees on the first wall they view upon entering. When decorating your personal office, place your best piece of art on this wall to make the strongest impression. If decorating for your larger company, try and find something that creates an atmosphere and tone that appropriately communicates your company’s brand. In either case, you’re best off placing one medium to large piece for this opening statement, rather than overcrowding with a collage of smaller ones.
Do you have a core message you hope any client or coworker understands about your work, business or brand? Art can help subtly communicate this message by providing a curatorial statement to the space you are decorating. Pastoral scenes of nature tend to bring about feelings of serenity and peace. High contrast black and white photography may make a space feel perfectly elegant or overly serious. Never be afraid to make a statement and always aim for an overall unified theme that elevates the atmosphere and aligns with you and your company’s identity.
Every color has an emotional reaction it tends to elicit in a viewer. Take this into consideration when choosing the art you’re placing in your office space. Warm colors like orange are known for inspiring enthusiasm and spontaneity. Cooler colors like blue tend to elicit calm and focused reactions. More neutral colors like brown bring about feelings of stability and comfort. Try and find a singular color palette that matches the emotions you hope to encourage in the work space you’re designing.
Don’t be afraid to consider every location as a place to make a statement in your work environment. While a personal office, waiting room, or board room are all key rooms to place your focus, other less considered locations such as hallways, restrooms and kitchens are key opportunities for sending a larger message and showing employees or visitors your level of care and attention to detail.
Art can have an impact on a larger space even if you or your company are on a budget. Rather than attempting to cover your entire office with a vast quantity of art, a few focused choices can make a stronger overall statement and impact. Decide on a few key areas and place your budget in a small number of visually striking artworks and you’ll easily have any visitor to your office walking away impressed.
In the growing world of digital media, digital displays like the Depict Frame can help lend your space a sense of energy it may not otherwise have. What’s more eye-catching than the subtle movement of an incredible video installation upon entering a workspace? Even better, with the Depict Frame, you can easily change the art on display at a moment’s notice with just the swipe of a finger allowing you to change the ambience to adapt to any event, season, or energy you hope to evoke.