How Room Design Affects Your Work & Mood

Scientific American on you and your immediate surroundings. Greenery and Sunlight (or light with blue wavelength) are good. Ceiling height makes a difference. Can you improve test scores by changing the surroundings?

3 responses to “How Room Design Affects Your Work & Mood”

  1. Cafe Pasadena

    You don’t have to persuade me of this.
    I’m a Believer.

  2. Margaret

    I agree. Low ceilings always make me feel so depressed. I like a feeling of openness around me.

  3. Katrina

    The job I stayed at the longest was at the local newspaper; the ceiling was about 10 or 12 feet high and the carpeting and wallpaper were in shades of blue and gray. Those weren’t the only reasons I enjoyed working there … but I think they definitely had an influence.

    I have discovered since that I absolutely cannot work under fluorescent lights if the ceiling is low; I get massive migraines from the glare.

    My current “day job” requires me to work in an office with a low ceiling and no window; the carpet is gray and the walls are a dull grayish tan. Fortunately, my boss was willing to let me turn off the overhead fluorescents; he bought me a couple of torchiere lights with three-way bulbs.

    I have decorated the walls with a half-dozen inspirational sayings (on attractive plaques and posters) and a string of festive indoor/outdoor lights; my desk features pictures of my two dogs and photos of some of the theatrical productions I’ve been in. And I’m using a freeware program to cycle through an assortment of photos as my desktop wallpaper: horses and riders galloping over cross-country courses; birds, wolves, and other wildlife; landscapes of trees, lakes, and oceans; etc.

    Still, after a week of sitting in this drab little office with no connection to the natural world, I feel very drained. What I wouldn’t give for a window!