Creating an Inspiring Workspace with 3 Easy Steps

UntitledIf your workspace doesn’t support positive and creative thinking, we’ve got you covered! Contrary to popular belief, your surroundings can have a big impact on your mood, emotions, and productivity. When your office space feels boring and lifeless, your employees and customers, not to mention you, may also feel those same vibes. So, we’re going to help you out a little; we have a few tips to share on how to create an enjoyable working environment.

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Our first step on this inspiration journey is to organize your working area. We can’t start adding items to an already cluttered space, so take some time to do a thorough clean-up. Throw out the trash, and organize what’s important to your liking. You can use pen holders, trays, baskets, and drawers to organize all of your supplies. If you’re not a very organized person, you can learn to label! Labels are life-savers when trying to find anything you need while at work, so label your baskets, drawers, and files to let you know where everything is. Working in an organized environment does wonders, so keep your space neat and tidy!

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Next, we are going to improve your visualization. What do you spend your time looking at? Think of all the things that make you feel relaxed, inspired, and motivated. Then, find a few creative ways to surround yourself with these images. If your happy place is the beach, then, why not hang up a few pictures of your favorite beaches? You can also incorporate colors of the beach into your work space by using baby blue pens, getting coral colored paper clips, or using sea shells as paper weights. Simple ideas like these can really make your working environment feel more like your happy place.

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Now, for your nose! Step 3 is all about scents and aromas. What type of scents appeal to you? Different aromas can have numerous different effects on different people. Scents can be calming, invigorating, and fresh smelling, which all can be good motivators while at work! You can make sure your workspace smells inspirational by simply buying a few scented candles. Candles are the perfect way to bring an inviting scent to space since there are so many different scents to choose from. Find the scent that appeals to you most, and let it burn! You’d be amazed by what aromatherapy can do to your overall mood. Here at our studio, everybody loves the aroma of the space because of our candles. Give candles a try, and see how it goes!

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Whether you just want a calming environment or a fun and invigoration workspace, it can all be achieved with just a few simple steps! Organize your space to make it one of your happy places! Avoid clutter, add some color and candles, and you’ll feel a whole lot happier at work. We hope you use a few of our ideas and make your workspace an enjoyable place to be!

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Dazzling Decor: How To Build A Gallery Wall

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Gallery walls in your home showcase your art, your travels, your art finds, and your own personality. By looking at your gallery wall, any person would be able to learn so much about you. Not only is this somewhat of an “All About You” wall, but it’s also going to spice up a plain wall in your home turning it into something inspiring and encouraging every time you look at it. Building a gallery wall is something you can do all on your own as well.

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     First, you need to gather all your art. There is somewhat of a checklist, if you will, that you should follow when picking out the art. Placing two large pieces off center will assure that there will be no one focal point on your gallery wall. Make sure you take into consideration a color theme, so all pieces of art will tie in somehow, not letting a piece be the odd one out. Play around with the different sizes, scales, and orientations of the art. It all doesn’t have to be paintings and pictures. Add a clock, mirror, or 3D piece to add depth and unusual edges. The perfect measurement between each piece is about 1 ½ to 3 inches, and depending on if your gallery wall is above a couch or dresser, make sure the bottom of the collection is 6 to 7 inches above the desired item. To add a different flare to the pictures or paintings, use 2 or 3 distinctive styles and/or colors of frames. I’m going to reiterate that you can let your imagination go wild when it comes to picking unusual art mediums. Use photography, prints off the Internet, framed wallpaper, cards, or even a chalkboard. Free your mind; go crazy!

Second, you will need to get the supplies:

  • A hammer
  • A pencil
  • A roll of paper
  • Hooks and nails
  • Scissors
  • A tape measure
  • A level
  • Painter’s tape
  • And last but not least…all the art!

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Third, the hardest part is hanging your almost ready gallery wall. Start by laying all your art pieces on the floor to determine how you would like to position everything in contrast to each other. Follow up by creating paper cutouts to mimic the art pieces, so you can tape those to the wall. Reposition everything to how you would like to see it hung on the wall. (Make sure to take into account the frames along with the art. Locate the hook location of each art piece and measure from the top to the middle point of the tightly held wire. Make a subtle marking on the cutout against the wall at that point of where the hook attaches to the wire. Pull out your handy dandy hammer and hammer the hooks in the marked areas on the paper. Gently, swap the cutouts and the frames. Back up and look at your beautifully finished gallery wall that is all about you and all done yourself. Mission accomplished!

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