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Written by Amelia Pontifex
Work spaces can often be fast paced environments that require a number of elements to promote creative energy in your team, set a benchmark for the kind of business you want to conduct and to inspire clients with what is possible. Just as painters have their studios and architects and designers might have open plan meeting spaces, it is important for those who are looking to improve their workplace efficiency, boost their team member’s morale or inspire their clients, to know the psychological elements of the space they are working in, and much of it largely comes down to what they put on their walls. What is important to remember is that effective creative work comes from thinking creatively and thinking creatively often stems from what we look at and the environment we work in.
Hanging art in work spaces may elevate employee engagement and performance as well as improve work morale, mood and well being. It may bolster inter-work relationships by creating a comforting environment and as many studies have shown, art in work spaces can impact those working in those spaces in practical and subconscious ways. This can be done by choosing carefully and understanding the desired needs of the space. Whether to build work relationships, improve productivity, improve the client’s experience or send the right message to your clients, the positive effects of art are limitless.
Workplaces can often feel like a maze of desks, hallways, and doors. As our brains hold onto memorable environmental features, art can usefully function as a landmark, helping people travelling through a space to remember where they’ve been. Art can help communicate key brand messages in a non-verbal way. For example, a business that displays poor quality art or art on poor quality frames or hanging, might send a message that ‘we don’t really care’, unusual artwork is likely to be seen as conducting business in less traditional ways; art that references multiple ethnic traditions can signal multicultural management practices; and art of well-known artists can indicate that not only do they know what they’re talking about but that they are an established or long running practice.
The office space is often the first point of contact that many potential clients or customers have with your business, so adding office artwork is an excellent way to add warmth and personality to the room. Quality office artwork implies taste and success, and will instantly make newcomers feel comfortable and at ease in your business environment.
Here are a few of our tips for creating a more inspiring creative work space and a few suggestions of artists and artworks. These works act as a welcome focal point for any creative work space, reception area, business meeting point or office space. While not all office spaces might have hammocks and bean bags like Google headquarters, these tips aim to promote those creative juices, show clients what is possible and set the mood of the space.
You can purchase artworks as a tax deduction for small or medium sized business.
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