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With our hectic modern lives, most of us spend a great deal of our time indoors. More jobs are office based, and we’re so busy all time, finding a moment to relax outdoors can be difficult. Often relegated to the occasional evening or weekend.

The problem is, humans need nature, it’s part of who we are, and without natural beauty in our lives, there’s something deep seated that’s missing. Most of us won’t even notice, but by bringing a little of the outdoors inside, within the workplace, it’s likely that you’ll feel invigorated and re-energised. Enhanced well-being brings increased productivity, so it’s beneficial for all.

Here are four ways to help make your workplace a natural space…

Use natural materials, or those inspired by nature

The solidity of wood is perfect for an office environment, while the unique pattern of the grain makes each piece unique. Corian and stone are also appealing, complimenting wood and adding yet more texture.

Go Green

Studies show that plants in the workplace can help to relieve stress and anxiety. Work can be a stressful place at times, when you’ve got a deadline to meet, so by adding in some natural greenery, staff will feel calmer, and better able to cope with the daily stresses of their job. Living walls have a huge impact, making the office feel less hemmed in, and visitors will love it too. There’s so much you can do with the planting of a modular living wall, giving you flexibility and scalability.

Pay attention to fabrics

It can be easy to make hurried choices when it comes to textiles in the workplace, but they really can transform a space. Choose calming designs and colours, inspired by nature such as those created by Steelcase brands.

Light up your life

If your workplace is lacking in natural light, consider adding in a range of attractive lamps. Steelcase partner FLOS has a fabulous selection of beautiful yet functional lighting options that are perfect for an office environment. An attractive desk lamp, or a contemporary floor lamp can add that extra glow where the sun fails to reach, lifting the spirits and enabling workers to perform their tasks without suffering from eye strain.

Find out more and enjoy the benefits of nature indoors

If you’d like to enhance your working environment with some nature inspired features, do check out the Steelcase Collection from the EKA group.

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