Whether you work from home or you’re forced to change out of your pajamas every weekday morning, chances are you spend a great deal of your life in your office. Between an endless string of emails and your coffee-stained, impossibly full desk calendar, it’s sometimes hard to appreciate this little space you spend so much time in. But contrary to satirical movies about corporate life, it really is possible to warm up that office or cubicle and make it your very own cozy corner of the working world—even in January. Here are our five favorite ways to warm up your office décor:
1. A Great Chair
Your employer-provided office chair is fine and all, but a high-quality, expertly handcrafted office chair with proper ergonomic support and plenty of cushion for your rear can often make the difference between limping out to your car and skipping to the stairs at the end of the day.
2. A Few Blankets
The temperature of large office buildings can often feel similar to that of a meat locker (or an igloo). Even home offices often feel like the coldest room in the house. Why is that? A lot of it has to do with the fact that you’re sitting still for hours at a time. Cozy up your office with quick trip to SampleHouse for a cute basket and a couple of soft and super-cuddly blankets. No room for a basket? File cabinets make excellent homes for blankets.
3. A Tapestry
If the walls of your office or cubicle are drearily bare, a beautiful tapestry with a striking pattern can add instant texture, softness and personality to your workspace. Printed linens and tapestries are easy to find and can immediately improve the your office or cube’s atmosphere. If you can’t find a classic tapestry, a single patterned curtain panel can achieve the same results.
4. A Diffuser
A great scent can make a huge impact on your mood and productivity at work. If you work in a small space, cubicle or shared office, it’s important to pick something subtle so as to not offend your neighbors. Something neutral and clean is sure to be acceptable—just ask your co-workers first and avoid intense scents like (some) florals or holiday varieties. Opt for a diffuser instead of a candle to eliminate the risk of an open flame.
5. A Great Lamp
This is perhaps the purchase that’s most overlooked by desk dwellers everywhere. While your office likely has some natural light in addition to standard office lighting, a cute lamp gives your office some unique warmth. We prefer table or floor lamps with a fun shade over the standard black or chrome computer lamps because they bring just a bit of coziness to the picture. SampleHouse has plenty of lamps to choose from.
We can’t wait to help you warm up your workplace!