Last Updated on 13th August 2018 by Sophie Nadeau
People often say that a tidy workspace is the key to increased productivity. And they’re not entirely wrong. A comfortable space is important for concentration. My ‘study’ (AKA my workspace) is actually just a small corner of my bedroom. But if you plan well, then that’s all the space you’ll need. Here’s how to create a space you can easily work in!
And decorating this space doesn’t have to break the bank either. With a few money-saving tactics, it’s much easier than you might think to decorate a workspace in a way in which is aesthetically pleasing and easy to work in.
Here’s how to decorate your workspace in a way to increase productivity:
Dismantling a Picture Book
I bought a picture and map print books of London and Paris so that I could rip out the pages and stick them on my walls (naughty me). I really like the panelling effect that it has given my room. At €10 for each book and considering that one was enough to cover an entire wall, it ended up being an awful lot cheaper than re-wallpapering the entire room; (now that’s what I call a bargain)!
Set up a Day Bed
I’m fortunate in that my flat comes with a daybed (a bed which can be folded up into a sofa). Whilst this is not always as comfortable to sleep on as a traditional bed, it ensures that I can transform my cramped bedroom into a comfortable living space in a mere matter of minutes.
Art Exhibition Posters
At the risk of sounding pretentious, I really do love art. I bought a number of old Parisian art exhibition posters (size A2) from my local discount book store to cover my walls. They’re really colourful and so brightened up my room instantly.
… and at €1.50 each, they’re a lot cheaper than buying movie posters for €20+ each!
Buy Pot Plants
It’s always nice to have some greenery around, especially when you live in a big city. I’ve chosen to have a few pots of herbs as they look pretty, smell good and are useful for when I
attempt to cook!
Purchase Fake Candles
I love the ‘fake’ candles I bought as they have the same glow and waxy feel as real candles but don’t have nearly as many of the safety risks! They also have timers so that I can set them to ‘glow’ for four/ eight hours at a time (yep, everything I own is perfect for lazy people)!
A Throw and Pillows
I’m lucky as my flat came with bedding! However, it is very plain and so a little boring… An easy way to spice things up a little was to add a throw and some pillows. When I convert my bed into a sofa during the day, it also means that I have a lovely cover for it.
Awkward confession: I also brought my childhood ‘Winnie the Pooh’ teddy bear with me!
Tidy all of your things away
This should be a given. Previous visitors to my flat, (notably my mum), have often commented on how messy I am! I used to have to visit the library just in order to be able to concentrate on studying. I find it so so difficult to concentrate in messy surroundings. This is so much so that in order to improve your writing, you should create a quiet and clean space in which to work.
Being able to open up your wardrobe and find what you’re looking for straight away ensures that you don’t end up throwing clothes everywhere when looking for your LBD. I also donated a lot of the clothes, books and shoes that I don’t wear/ use anymore to my local charity shop.
Hang up Fairy Lights
It goes without saying that a set of fairy lights can make any space a little more magical. I personally found copper and star decorated battery operated ones. I really enjoy using them as they have a timer setting of six hours before switching themselves off.
Inject a bit of your personality
The most important thing about your workspace is that it should be yours. And yours alone. I was with my Mum when we saw the picture books. We looked at each other and saw the potential. The only two cities I’ve lived in are London and Paris. They’ve made me who I am… I wasn’t going to put up images of Berlin or Strasbourg- no matter how pretty those cities are!
Whether it’s through a picture of a loved one, a stuffed teddy bear or your favourite plant, there is no right or wrong way to decorate your room and your workspace.
As long as it’s yours.