The pandemic sent droves of workers out of the office and into their homes, establishing an entirely new work-from-home culture. For many people and businesses, this was a godsend, not only allowing them to remain at work during an unprecedented type of calamity.
However, as the severity of the situation eventually waned, many businesses respected the value of the stay-at-home worker and retained this operation as part of their business model, some facilities even continuing to function remotely despite the decreasing necessity.
Yet working from home has its own challenges, especially for unmotivated or easily distracted workers. Also, many of the professional tools that would be available in the office are often absent in the home, potentially affecting the quality of work.
One versatile way to improve the quality of the home office comes in a rather unexpected form: felt wall art.
The Power of Aesthetics
As anyone familiar with interior design knows, this art takes a space, makes the most of it (sometimes using deception), and establishes an environment intended to create a specific atmosphere, often conducive to reducing stress as a means of promoting mental well-being.
The type and arrangement of furniture, accessories, wallpaper, and materials as well as the color and style of these objects correlate to define a unique and personalized space. The nature of felt makes it an ideal and versatile material to propagate the perfect work-from-home mood.
Felt tiles come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, designs, and textures and can be designed to fit a variety of needs. By nature, they have an artsy, yet professional look that can be harnessed to create attractive designs on the wall.
Coupled with proper lighting and accessories, the ensuing result is a “new space,” one that is designed specifically to encourage work and motivation. Soothing colors and a bright atmosphere create a sense of peace and tranquility, encouraging remote workers to perform their best work.
Easy Installation and Durability
One of the best features of felt tiles is their user-friendly usage. That means they can be applied or removed with minimal fuss, largely due to the gluey type material that adorns the back of the tiles. They are also built to last, enduring for long periods of time.
In other words, it’s a durable, plug-and-play tile!
You can try different patterns, designs, and color combinations yourself, and as you experiment, it is easy to change what you have done and test new ideas until you find the perfect atmosphere for your work environment.
Of course, you can always call in an interior decorator to provide advice and a professional opinion if you are not the artistic type yourself. There’s nothing wrong with a little help to achieve your work utopia.
Speaking of developing a professional work environment, felt tiles have soundproofing properties! This has many benefits for the home office.
First of all, it can reduce background noise from other quadrants of the house, making it easier to focus on your projects. This is particularly useful if you have children or are sharing the house with roommates or other family members.
The reduced noise will also put you in more of a “workplace” frame of mind, helping set a mood of productivity that will improve the quality and output of your work.
In addition, the soundproofing will earn a greater level of privacy when making phone calls, and the internal acoustic enhancements will grant a more professional sound on your end. This is particularly useful if you need to make any audio recordings as part of your job responsibilities.
Believe it or not, the smallest changes can sometimes have the greatest effect!
Felt Tile Boards
As well as environmental improvements felt tiles can offer more tangible benefits. The nature of felt makes it easy to design a bulletin or project board for which you can place important notes, schematics, or visual outlines of projects or designs.
The ease of relocating these objects using pins or similar objects allows for flexibility and can help establish an effective to-do list of activities that can be arranged in order of priority.
They also make great spaces for aesthetically charged calendars to keep up with deadlines and important events.
The productive use of felt tiles is only limited by your own imagination and creativity. Additionally, the internet is full of fantastic ideas that can help you find new uses, as well. Whole new worlds are at your fingertips, feel free to explore to find solutions to fit your work style.
The Bottom Line
One of the most significant problems that remote workers face is that their “home office” feels more like home than an office. This can make it easy for them to become distracted or unmotivated to work, especially when everything (and everyone) they love and enjoy is waiting just behind the door. Sometimes those objects are even in the room itself!
The key is to design the room so that it looks and feels completely different from the rest of the house. Walking in this room should make your body and mind feel like it’s time to work, changing into a productive mindset just as you would feel (hopefully) when walking into the business office.
While the color scheme, accessories, and lighting are an important part of this conversion process, felt tiles can be an integral part of designing a pleasing aesthetic that is both relaxing and conducive to work at the same time, serving as interior decor, soundproofing, and workspace at the same time.
For best results, consult with a professional interior decorator, describing your vision and the atmosphere you seek, and make a difference that will revolutionize the way you do business in your home office.