Given the changing circumstances of the last couple of years, these days you may well be spending a significant amount of time in your home office. Or working in an adapted work area of a room in your home. Whether you're working from home permanently, or just trying to get some work done in the evenings, it's important to make the environment you work in as productive and comfortable as possible. One way to achieve this is by adding art to your home office space. Artwork not only adds visual interest and style to your home office, but it can also provide some great benefits and inspire ideas and creative thinking.
When it comes to thinking about office artwork for walls in your home, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Think about the style and aesthetic of your home office. Is it modern or traditional? Eclectic or minimalist? Once you have a sense of the overall style, you can start thinking about specific pieces of home office decor wall art that will complement it.
What is the purpose of your home office? Are you trying to create a productive environment where you can work for hours on end? Or is it more of a creative space where you can think and be inspired? If you're looking for productivity, consider pieces that are vibrant, bold and visually interesting. If you want something more calming and reflective, choose pieces with soft colours and muted tones. For example, the ampersand typography art print, in uplifting yet calm lavender and champagne colours, as seen here.
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Some specific benefits of home office artwork
Artwork will help to create a productive environment where you feel motivated. When you're surrounded by beautiful and inspiring images, it makes it easier to get in the zone and focus on your work. In fact, studies by the University of Exeter's School of Psychology have shown that adding art and plants of your choice to your office art can actually increase productivity by up to 32 percent!
But productivity is not the only thing you should be thinking about. Being aware of mental health and well-being, and taking care of these is more important than ever. Art promotes feelings of joy and wonder. And art can transport you into another world, even if only for a moment. So, after periods of intense concentration and focus, what better way to take a break and wind down than by enjoying paintings or prints that you love?
It’s important to personalise your home office. To create a space that feels like yours and where you feel comfortable, even during work-related stressful moments. Adding art is a great way to do this, and it enables you to express your unique personality.
Furthermore, artwork adds visual interest to your home office. Left bare, a plain white wall can be really uninspiring and stark. But adding a piece of colourful art will completely transform the space. You will enjoy looking at it, and you won’t bored by the zone you are working in. Our pink Urban Attitude abstract art print is the perfect finishing touch to the office space below.
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And the art you choose may well provide a talking point with people who visit your office.
Which art to choose for home office walls?
So there are plenty of benefits to having home office artwork, but which art do you choose? There's no right or wrong answer here; it all comes down to personal preference.
For example, if your home office decor has a modern feel, you might want to choose a bold colourful abstract painting or print. If your office space is needs to be a serene, reflective environment then calm yet inspiring muted or pastel colours would work well. If you want to feel a connection to the outdoors and nature while you’re working then think about adding artwork that reflects this. Perhaps some botanical or floral art, or art in colours that reflect nature, such as green or blue.
Ultimately, it comes down to this: what will make you feel good, give you pleasure to look at, and stimulate your senses and ideas?
Here are some home office artwork ideas to get you started:
1. Bright and warm colours
Choose pieces that will help you feel productive and inspired. Bright, warm colours work well for this and can help to stimulate the mind and increase productivity.
This Beach multicoloured geometric art print is full of warm and intriguing colour and shapes.
2. Add some green to your workspace
One way to add productivity to your home office is by adding plants or flowers. Not only do plants look great in any space, but they can also help to purify the air. It’s easy to add some green to your space through the art you hang too. A connection to nature brings a calming feeling of being able to breathe and relax in a space.
This green abstract landscape art, a River Runs Through it, gives you a connection to nature with its lush greens and soothing blues. It also keeps you interested and intrigued with its many layers of details and marks, for when you need a break from your work.
Other green art suggestions for a connection to the natural landscape:
3. Monochrome art for a contemporary office
If your work space is modern and minimalist then monochrome art or black and white home office art is contemporary, stylish and professional. Black and white prints and monochrome artwork will add a touch of elegance and a sophisticated look.
Our Midnight Garden abstract floral art print adds a stylish touch to a black & white office.
Other black & white art suggestions for a modern minimalist office:
4. Something inspirational or motivational
Add productivity to your home office is by choosing artwork that inspires you. This can be anything from a motivational quote to an abstract painting. Or it could be something fun that makes you smile. When you're surrounded by things that inspire you, it's easier to get in the right frame of mind for work.
Here our office and work related typography art prints are the ideal addition to this home work zone.
Art suggestions for a productive & fun office space:
5. Take inspiration from existing home décor
When coming up with home office wall art ideas, take your home décor into account. If you have a modern space with sleek furniture and clean lines, then choose art in the same style. This will create a cohesive look that is visually appealing. On the other hand, if you have a home that has more of an eclectic vibe to it, then choose artwork in a variety of styles. This will help create a space with visual interest and make your home office look great!
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6. A feel of the outdoors inside
If you love the outdoors and you want those feelings of being outside when you’re inside, then consider adding landscape or seascape artwork to your home office. Realistic or abstract, these pieces can help to create a relaxing and zen-like atmosphere so you can focus on your work. And they can transport you elsewhere for a few moments when you are taking a break from the computer screen.
This original seascape painting by Jayne Leighton Herd (yours truly, of course! 😀) is an example of an artwork that would definitely take you away from it all during those moments of work downtime.
Art suggestions for moments of escape and serenity in your office space:
7. Metal wall art
Consider hanging home office metal wall art if you're looking for modern art that's both stylish and a bit different. Metal artwork can help to create a contemporary sophisticated look in any home office space.
This piece of metal wall sculpture is called Summer Sensation, and it is part of a limited series of four original paintings on metal.
8. An arty clock
Yes, we do all have devices that tell us the time nowadays. But a wall clock still looks fantastic, particularly in an office space. And even more so when the clock not only tells you the time, but is an original work of art in its own right. Such as our beautiful copper and gold wall clock on white perspex glass below.
So if you're looking for some new home office art and prints, we hope these ideas have given you some great inspiration or helped you find just the right piece?
No matter what you choose, make sure that the artwork is something you'll enjoy looking at every day. Inspirational office artwork should be about pieces that speak to your soul and inspire you to be your best self.
Jayne Leighton Herd
Artist & Designer
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