Since we’ve discussed moving and relocation, we figured we might as well focus on settling in to your new space. After all, there’s a lot more to an office than just a desk and your physical work, right? Taking the time to claim the space and making it a place you enjoy being aesthetically can certainly help boost productivity. Not to mention, give clients a sense of the human “you,” much more than a sterile, white-walled square might. Below are some tips on ensuring any artwork you bring into your office brings out the best in both you, your business, and the space.
- Keep it at eye level. It sounds simple, but one of the most common mistakes made is when artwork is hung too high. Anything you should put up should be directly in everyone’s line of sight without cranking their neck or eyes to view it. The average height of a person’s eye level is 57 inches, for reference.
- Make sure it fits the space. Putting a picture that’s too small for the wall can cheapen a space and look clumsy and unintentional (not what you want). A simple solution for that beloved, yet too small frame is re-framing it with an even larger frame that is more size-appropriate. Generally, too big is better than too small if you’re on the fence about a piece. If hanging above a sofa or desk, aim for something that is 1/2 to 2/3 of the furniture’s length.
- Use appropriate tools. This is especially important if you’re renting the space! Before you start hammering nails into the wall, check with your lease on what types of materials are allowed; even if that MonkeyHook costs more than a standard nail, getting your deposit back might be worth significantly more cash in the long-run. Also be sure whatever you use won’t create an in-office hazard that might collapse on you during that important conference call.
- Less is more. Don’t go overboard and feel the need to represent every favorite artist you have. Keeping things simply stated allows the artwork to speak for itself, rather than competing with one another and creating visual noise to distract you and your clients.
If you’re really struggling with your space or feel the need to make a drastic impression to seal those deals, consider hiring an interior designer. The cost for a single office *probably* won’t set you back that much, and you can potentially save time and money elsewhere without worrying about the “zen” in the space. Otherwise, let your creativity blossom, and have fun designing your cloud of productivity with unique artwork!