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10 Simple Awesome Office Decoration Ideas

The effect of physical environment and atmosphere on our moods is much more real than it is given credit for. For the same reason, most of us pay very little attention to the environment we spend most of our days in, i.e the atmosphere of our office space. Most adults find themselves involved in a 9-5 desk job which requires them to spend a large part of their day in the office. It is practically needless to mention that the mood and state of mind of an individual always has a reflection in his/her work.

So, it is obligatory for all of us to care enough to make a few changes in our offices, to turn it in into a more inviting and comfortable space for everyone to produce their best work in peace and satisfaction. Apart from being beneficial for the employees, an attractive office space is also important to impress any client or visitor.

Now, without further delay, let us jump into the top 10 simple and awesome tips and ideas that can instantly transform your office decor from drab to fab!

 

10. Paint the walls

A lot of times, the office walls are painted a boring and bland white or gray. This can often affect the mood of the worker negatively, arousing depressing and gloomy feelings. So, enliven the whole room by painting it something colourful and fun. It could be an abstract experiment with many different colours, like shown in the photo above. Or, you can choose a specific theme for your office room and paint the room in accordance with the selected theme. For instance, an ocean blue wall would go perfectly with the theme of tranquility and peace. Likewise, make sure that the rest of your office supplies are also preferably blue in colour, like the curtains, cushions or the paintings on the walls.

 

9. Add a plant or a flower pot

Since you will be stuck in a four-walled concrete room for the whole day, why don’t you let Nature come to you? Decorate your office with small plants and flowers. Opt for low maintenance,  cubicle-friendly plants like spider plant, cactus, peace lily et al to decorate your work space.  You can also select some easy to look after flowers which will brigten up your office desk. Studies have shown that the presence of plants and flowers do wonders to freshen up the moods of the employees, by making them happier and increasing their productivity.

 

8. Wall decor

As long as it is appropriate for your office, you can easily spice up those boring walls with fun and quirky wall art. Here, you are free to experiment with whatever your heart desires. Choose your favourite painting and hang it up on the wall or even better, paint one yourself!  You can also go for a creative and inspiring wallpaper or design. Your favourite motivational quote or even your favourite film poster, they can all deck up your office wall, provided, they serve the purpose of inspiring you to work better.

 

7. Fun storage and desk supplies

Ditch those dull and boring office supplies and replace these regular desk accessories with innovative and creative organisers. Customise the storage supplies and files and folders into something that caters to your personal choice. Print them with colourful designs, your favourite photos or quotes and make them more fancy and fun to use.

 

6. Photo frames

Photos of your family, friends, pets, your favourite travel destination or even a random photo of sunflowers – choose anything you wish to and frame it. Put it on your office desk or hang them up on the wall. You can even make a collage of your favourite photos and frame it up in your office room. There is nothing more personal and special than photos of your loved ones. These will serve as constant reminders of love and inspiration in your life, making you feel warm and comfortable in your workplace. Needless to mention, a satisfying work environment will naturally lead to better production of work as well.

 

5. Creative calendar

A calendar is an essential requirement of any office. It is regularly used to mark important dates of meetings, conferences, seminars and deadlines. At the same time, it can be the most affordable, quick and functional way of adding a little colour and creativity to your office. Look for interesting options online or design one yourself to make the otherwise boring calendar a vibrant attraction in your office.

 

4. Vision Board

Replace the dull white boards with a vision board. They are especially effective because they can provide a visual representation of all of your future goals and targets. You can add photos that inspire you to work harder or use sticky notes to write important deadlines and reminders. Paste motivating quotes or even articles and interviews that you think are relevant and interesting.

 

3. Personal mug

To make yourself feel more at home, use a personal mug in office. We all know how unimaginable surviving work can be without the constant supply of tea or coffee. So customise your beverage mug as you like it or get one with your name on it to avoid the confusion of anyone mistaking your mug for theirs.

 

2. Lamp

It is no secret that proper illumination is a must-have for any office for the employees to work without any difficulty. So, lamps have more roles to play than to just please the eyes. In fact, lighting designers suggest that desk workers should rely on two primary sources of light while working. An indirect source lighting to generally light up the whole room. Secondly, a small but direct source of light like a mini lamp. This helps with the finer details of work helping the worker to see things better and improves focus. So, apart from being an essential requisite, a lamp can also do wonders in brightening the entire appearance of the room. Therefore, invest in a lamp by choosing a fancy, modern table lamp or  a quaint vintage one ; suit yourself!

 

1. Quote/Mantra of the day

It’s all about the daily dose of inspiration that enhances personal growth. Get yourself a pack of magnets with inspirational quotes on them and unveil one each day to put it up in your office room. You can also get cute little sticky notes and write a motivational mantra on it everyday to paste it on your vision board. For this, keep a book of quotes handy so that you can readily find your quote of  the day. These daily reminders can help you stay focused and inspired and guide you to work towards your aims and goals.

Top 10 Poets Who Romanticized Nature

Poetry steeped in the mesmerising elements of nature has a certain charm to it. This charm was what made nature one of the dominant themes in the poetry of the Romantic era. Numerous poets created their own unique metaphors and personifications for several aspects of nature but there were some who left a particularly notable mark on the way Romantic poetry grew and transformed. Here are ten such poets who romanticized nature significantly.

 

10. Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo truly captured the spirit of the Romantic era with his writing. He was a real contemplator of nature. His poetry described nature with all its immensity, beauty and ugliness, in different seasons and in different moments of day and night. These descriptions were often accompanied with those of love. Hugo combined the sublime and grotesque aspects of nature to paint a picture of aestheticism. This is most accurately represented in his famous poem, Apostrophe to Nature. The last stanza of this poem read: “O virgin forest, crystal spring,/ Lake where no storm for long can fling/ Darkness, clear heaven-reflecting face,—/ Pure soul of Nature unslumbering,/ What think you of this bandit base?”

 

9. Walter Scott

Sir Walter portrayed a romantic vision of Scotland in his poetry, which was chiefly coloured with rich descriptions of the natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands. He wrote about the wild beauty of nature, both in his novels and poems, eloquently describing the picturesque landscape of the countryside. He also associated tamed nature with historical evolution and a triumph of reason. His poems like The Lady of the Lake have become memorable historical narratives incorporating various natural elements to convey various themes and emotions.

 

8. Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred Lord Tennyson focussed more on the imagery than the emotion associated with the representation of nature in Romantic poetry. His poem, Come into the Garde, Maud, is a good example of this. A few lines from this poem read, “From the meadow your walks have left so sweet/ That whenever a March-wind sighs/ He sets the jewelprint of your feet/ In violets blue as your eyes…” Tennyson’s poetry recognised the various moods of the poet. He regarded nature as merely the physical world as interpreted by different kinds of people and relating to different points of view.

7. William Blake

 

In his poetry, Blake associates nature with different elements and we find that it is seen in communion with God. There is a portrayal of an instinctive harmony in the relationship between Man and Nature. Blake was not a worshipper of nature. Instead he was critical of those who did indeed worship it. His poetry centred on a more natural appreciation of the world around us. In his poem, Nurse’s Song, we see children playing outside while nature acts as a gentle guide for them. Their only concept of time comes from the sun and the moon and the light they give. The children respond to the nurse, wanting to play until the last lights in the sky are gone.

 

6. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

For Coleridge, nature had the capacity to teach joy, love, freedom, and piety, crucial characteristics for a worthy, developed individual. An appreciation of the environment and its various elements was directly linked with the process of personal growth. His poem, To Nature and Lines on an Autumnal Evening reflect this ideology perfectly. By linking his personal joy and sadness with nature, Coleridge portrays the undeniable relationship that every individual has to his or her surroundings. His poetry allows the reader to connect with the natural environment on a more instinctive level.

 

5. Emily Dickinson

While Coleridge focussed on the connection between the individual and the natural world, Dickinson perceived the relationships among all natural things. Her keen observation helped her understand the universality of human experience and the universal truth to be found in nature. Private emotions, such as unfulfilled love, took on the importance of great and profound events which were in some way or the other connected with the environment. Her poem, If You Were Coming in the Fall, represents this idea beautifully through the lines, “If you were coming in the fall,/ I’d brush the summer by/ With half a smile and half a spurn,/ As housewives do a fly.”

 

4. Percy Bysshe Shelley

Shelley’s poetry portrays both the calm as well as the wild side of nature. According to Shelley, nature cannot be tamed since it is a dynamic force. His poetry is a celebration of both the splendour and deadliness of various aspects of nature. The lines from his poem, The Cloud, “I wield the flail of the lashing hail,/ And whiten the green plains under,/ And then again I dissolve it in rain,/ And laugh as I pass in thunder,” are the perfect example of Shelley’s approach to the depiction of nature in his poetry.

 

3. John Keats

Keats is well known for transforming natural objects into poetic images. His poetry is more descriptive as he focuses on the beauty of nature instead of finding a hidden meaning in everything. His famous poem, A Thing of Beauty, is full of beautiful imagery and is a celebration of the natural world. It emphasises the joy we find in the trees, flowers, sun, moon and so on. John Keats’ poetry is a reminder of the tranquility to be found in nature and how we need to appreciate it.

 

2. Robert Frost

The Road Not Taken has to be one of the most popular poems ever written. Replete with beautiful forest imagery, it is the best example of how Frost romanticized nature in his poetry. His descriptions tend to be earthy and of the soil and yet he manages to read surprising aesthetic peaks. His praise for nature in his poems is much more subtle than that of most others in this list. Instead of simply focussing on descriptions of scenery, he connects the elements with deep, philosophical ideas which make his poems more profound.

1. William Wordsworth

Wordsworth was a devout worshipper of nature and wrote about it like it was a living entity instead of as a passing theme or background. He spiritualised nature and often referred to it as a mother or guardian in his poetry. Composed under Westminster Bridge, is one of Wordsworth’s most beautiful poems. In this poem, he eloquently describes the serenity and beauty of an early morning in London. Another memorable poem is I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, or more commonly known as Daffodils. It focusses on the relationship between the individual and the natural world. The way Wordsworth personifies daffodils in this poem creates a magical imagery in the readers’ mind and brings them closer to nature.