11 Designer Tips for a Stylish Office Space You Want to Work In

Let’s face it: Getting in a productive flow doesn’t come easy. There are myriad things that can distract or make us unfocused at work—lack of accountability, boredom, a long commute, stress… The list goes on. But the good news is that our direct atmosphere is one productivity influencer that's within our control. While the wrong atmosphere can be distracting, the right atmosphere can stir the senses, motivating us to work efficiently and stay focused.

Studies show that a person's work environment can impact their production output. Hence why more and more young companies and startups are investing in thoughtful design and office layout. So all the more reason to invest and be thoughtful in your 40-hour-a-week surroundings. Decorating an office, however, can be perplexing.

How do we blend professionalism with personal favorites? Or discern décor that will encourage focus versus distraction? (For example, that long couch calling you to take an afternoon snooze.) In an effort to suss this out, we interviewed some of our favorite office designers to get their simple suggestions and strategies for decorating an office that's beautiful and functional. Because these two goals are not mutually exclusive.

Check out these 11 easy tips below so you can avoid overthinking your office decorating scheme and spend more time masterminding your work.