You may not be aware of it, but the second a client comes into your office space, they start to form a mental impression of your business, and what kind of person you are. The space around you tells visitors all about you. We decorate to our own personal preferences, including colour choices, style choices, and visible mementoes of sentimentality. The artwork you choose for your office is noticeable, because people have wandering eyes, and we subconsciously survey a new space every time we walk into it.
Art can describe a lot about a person. It can be a message, a form of communication, and expression of the self. When we choose an art piece, we choose the ones that we feel resonates with us more than the others around it, and that is the piece that people will notice when they walk into your office. We often dismiss pieces that are obviously meaningless to the occupant, or pieces that are too small to make out properly. If you’re going to hang a piece of art in your office, be proud of your choice, and make it noticeable. Your goal is to tell people who you are without saying a word.
That may sound like a tall order, but it’s completely doable. First, choose your theme. Do you want something that speaks to the work that you do, or a piece that describes who you are? Perhaps even something that speaks to your past experiences? There is a whole world of options for you to explore. For an office space, the best pieces are those that are personal to the individual, or those that subtly convey the message of the company. You can combine the two, by making the pieces a personal preference that fits with the nature of the company. For example, using friendly images of your favourite animal in a space where children often visit. If you’re in a more creative-type field, then you definitely have more of a creative license that other professions. In this case, abstract work, striking photos of nature, and innovative pieces are perfect for your wall space.
Once you’ve chosen a theme, choose an atmosphere to accompany it. If you’re trying to create a calmer space where people can feel relaxed, then you need to take this into account. Choose pieces that convey the emotions that you’re trying to get across. Colour also plays an important role; children tend to prefer bright, vibrant colours that catch their attention, whereas, adults prefer detail-orientated images, with tone and obvious effort.
Remember that the placement of your pieces are important. They should be visible once a visitor has walked into the office, but no overly obvious. Delicate, personal touches to your office are what makes a space interesting. Unless you’re working with children, then the bigger, the better, because it allows them a freedom to roam your space and take in the sights while running their fingers over everything without thinking that it might be breakable.