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Tips for Creating a Relaxing Workspace

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Personalizing your workspace can positively affect creativity, workflow, quality and production. Turn your office or work station into an adaptable and quiet space by focusing on controlled lighting, personal comfort and a visually appealing design.

Color Palette Choices

Home officeIncorporating inspiring and soothing colors into a workspace has a positive effect on productivity and stress relief. From bright colors that spark the energy reserves to the pastel hues of an accent wall, each affects the mood of the work area. Color specialist Leatrice Eiseman told the Huffington Post how color can impact the mood of any situation. Pay attention to what effect you want when choosing a wall color or desk decor. For example, use a green desktop to reduce eye strain or paint your office blue to create a calming effect.

Feng Shui Your Way to Relaxation

Feng shui is an ancient Chinese art form focused on creating a harmonious atmosphere using the energy in a space. When done properly, good feng shui promotes health and good fortune. Whether you believe in the power of Feng Shui or not, there is no denying the productive effect of an organized and well-placed workspace. Greatist.com mapped out a nine-part grid to help you organize your desk for you to follow. The site suggests focusing on two or three grids and leave at least 50 percent of your desk clear.

Window Treatments

Capturing and controlling sunlight is a positive step in creating a calm workstation. Several options are available in a variety of styles, colors and materials. Window treatments like thermal Roman shades and blackout shades from retail stores such as JCPenney offer functionality and light control. Additionally, regular window shades, vinyl or wooden blinds, sheer drapes, valances and energy efficient shades also provide window decor options.

If you prefer windows without decorative treatments, consider installing solar window film. You’ll enjoy the outside views while the film blocks excessive heat that can make the workstation area uncomfortable.

Lighting Up the Workstation

Lighting is important for a productive workspace. Proper lighting alleviates eye strain, but lights that are too bright can create stress. Choose lighting that is stylish and comfortable for you. For a workstation area, task lighting, such as a desk lamp, is the primary source for a desk and work area. Track lighting can be installed in alcoves or under desk cabinets and floor lamps can be included in the decor to provide additional light sources. Stores dedicated to home office accessories are a good source for proper lighting.

Furniture

When you’re choosing office furniture, you want pieces that are professional, stylish and aesthetically pleasing, but you also want to be comfortable. An ergonomic design is trendy but works with you for comfort and efficiency. Ergonomic chairs are designed to provide support to the neck and back, promote good posture, adjust for height and back tilt, and come with or without arm rests. Ergonomic desks are designed to be adjustable to different heights and angles so you don’t have to sit in one position. Keyboards are designed to lessen the strain of repetitive wrist action that can lead to musculoskeletal issues.


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Terrance Brown

Terrance is a blogger and small-business owner from the southwest.

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