Human Spaces

Give your business the perfect space to thrive with these design tips 🌿

With these design tips, you will be able to give your employees the perfect office space that will make them feel happy to return on a Monday morning.

Ditch the Cubicles

Whilst everyone needs some privacy at work to maintain their productivity levels, no one really likes the feeling of being cooped up in a tiny box all day. Instead of trapping your employees in an isolated cube, opt for an open-space environment. Investing in a set of long tables can really add a fresh, quirky feeling to your work room.

Not only that but they can promote productivity and allow co-workers to develop a sense of comradery with their fellow workers. Everyone can see everyone else and what they are working on, therefore they feel compelled to do the same.

Not only that but less cubicles mean that is easier for your workers to get their daily dose of sunlight from any nearby windows, instead of it being blocked by a large wall.

Color Schemes

Your color scheme should ultimately reflect the vibe of your business. Don’t just get used to your office’s white walls. Instead, spruce it up with some bright colors that can get your workers even through the darkest of winter days. Professional interior designers can give you advice on the best color patterns to inspire your workers.

Source: Dolly

Source: Dolly

Quirky and Fun Designs

If you are running a “hip” brand, why not pick an interior design that reflects the vibrancy of your business? There is nothing wrong with going a little mad with your color schemes, especially if it brings your employees a pleasant work environment to return to. Unique work designs can inspire the creativity of your workers, for instance if you create a relaxed space, you may want to include beanbags, wooden tables, fur rugs and even book shelves.

Relaxed workers are more productive and this will make them enthusiastic when they are at work. You can even invite artists in to paint murals on your walls, if you feel brave enough. Be creative and create an individual look for your office.

Personal Touches

Your employees will certainly appreciate it if your office building has some personal touches thrown into to help them through a busy work day. Don’t forget to make spaces, such as break rooms, that can help your employees wind down and relax during their breaks and lunch hours. Invest in some fun additions to your space, such as a game room, a tv, a fish tank, a book shelf or even a nap area. But most important, don’t forget about the coffee machine! Leave out all the essentials, some capsules and some biscuits and your employees will lap it up!


7 reasons why plants are valuable and important 🌱#HumanSpaces

Everyday, we encounter plants whether it is in parks, the wild outbacks of nature, or in the simple pleasure of plantscaping the inside and outside of our homes. But do we truly understand the vital role plants have in this world? The very thought should cause us to pay more attention to the beautiful botany that surrounds us.

Here are 7 reasons why plants are valuable and important:

FOOD 

The sun is provider of all energy. We eat plants to gather the energy stored in their cells. And we are here because our ancestors foraged plants for food. They learned the ways of agriculture to make it easier and grew plants that produced products such as wheat and corn to eat. Approximately 7,000 different plant species have been cultivated and used as food for people. Though humans can live on the consumption of animal products, it is just a step away from plants since cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, rabbits and other animals eat plants to live.

AIR  

The air we breath mainly consists of 78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen. But it is oxygen that is vital for our cells to produce energy, energy that originated with the sun. When the sun shines down, plants absorb the sunlight to produce energy and end up releasing oxygen into the air as a by-product of their metabolism.  We in turn inhale the oxygen for our survival and exhale the carbon dioxides plants require. Breath deeply and drink in the oxygen-laden air and realize it’s because of plants we are alive.

WATER 

Where there is water, there is life. Plants regulate the water cycle by distributing and purifying the planet’s water supply. Through the act of transpiration, plants move the water from the soil up their roots and out into the atmosphere. Moisture accumulates into clouds and eventually the water droplets are returned back down as rain to revitalize life on earth.

MEDICINE 

Many of prescription medicines come from plant extracts or synthesized plant compounds. Aspirin comes from the bark of the willow. Mint leaves have mentha that is used in throat lozenges, muscle creams and nasal medicine. The malaria drug ingredient quinine is from
the bark of the Cinchona tree. About 65% – 80% of the world’s population use holistic plant-based medicine as their primary form of healthcare according to the World Health Organization.

PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE SILL.

PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE SILL.

WELLNESS 

The implementation of LEED and WELL Building Standard shows that society is learning the value of incorporating nature or biophilia into man-made environments, both inside and outside for psychological and physical health. Plants advance health, happiness, mindfulness and productivity when weaved inside buildings and throughout the communities. Including living plants inside a home or business revitalizes the air, humidity and lowers stress levels for better wellness.

HABITAT and CLOTHING 

Plants make up the backbone of earth’s diverse landscape that provide hundreds of unique habitats necessary for life. Flowers dance in the fields while grasses on a hill sway in the wind. Trees strut tall in their habitat and act as the earth’s dynamic lungs, powering life everywhere. Birds pick up straw, leaves, bark, along with feathers, hairs and other items to make a comfy nest in a tree, bush or even tall grasses. Our ancestors used thatched roofs made of grasses or palm fronds, and wood to secure their homes. Industrial hemp was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber 10,000 years ago. Plants in all their diversity keep the cycle of life moving.

CLIMATE

Excessive carbon released into the environment has been blamed for the current climate change we are experiencing. But rarely is it explained that plants store carbon by pulling it from the air. Plants help keep much of the carbon dioxide produced from our burning of fossils fuels out of the atmosphere. We owe our temperate climate to the perpetual landscape of green that blankets our world.