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Investing in Office art: the key to a happy and healthy working environment



Although many of us are now working from home, scattered all over the globe away from desk-crammed office blocks and close colleagues, one day soon offices will be opening back up.This prospect of a fresh start is an exciting one for companies and offers the perfect opportunity to purchase new office art with a view to investing in the happiness, productivity, and power of their work forces.

Various studies have shown that offices who make an effort to hang art on their walls are up to 42% more productive, have lower staff turnover and an overall happier workforce.

This is for three main reasons:

  • Art will enrich your space by creating an environment of culture and interest. At Modern Originals, we provide works with a rich history and strong position in the modern art canon which is sure to enrich your office’s cultural reference points.

  • Art will inspire your people. Working in creative environments reduces stress, alleviates mental health problems which, in turn, ignites creative thinking. This can even be seen to drastically reduce sick days.

  • Art empowers your brand. The art you have on your walls tells the story of who you are as a company and a string identity will attract other brands who want to collaborate. It doesn’t have to be a literal interpretation, after all a picture tells a thousand words.

One company who has tried and tested this idea is the German Investment Bank. They have the biggest collection of corporate art in the world, with some 60,000 art works across 900 offices in 40 countries.


They noticed that viewing artwork, helps workers restore mental energy and reduce stress. Unsurprisingly, both of these effects boost brain performance. People who work in environments decorated with aesthetically-engaging art typically experience less stress and anger in response to task-related frustration, and thus help to build a more collaborative and enjoyable workplace.


The works of art you choose should be reflective of your brand’s ethos and values, whether that is through the use of colour, abstraction, details, pattern or minimalism. It is also great to have small collections of art that follow a theme, for example, or works by one artist. This can give spaces and rooms in your offices a variety of atmospheres and styles.


Pleasing and interesting visuals are recommended over challenging ones — viewers generally prefer to feel that they understand a work of art. To this end, some would argue that representational or figurative art is a better choice than abstract pieces. This way your workforce can create their own narratives with works of art within the office.


Have a browse of our collection, we recommend going artist by artist, and find some gems for your work space now! Get in touch if you would like to consult us on what works for your space. We can offer bundle deals and packages.


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