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Interior landscaping can make a huge difference to any business, be it a cor- poration or just one floor in a building. Numerous additions can be made to


an office without the need to change the entire design scheme. Landscaping has developed as a way of making a big dif- ference, helping keep businesses looking fresh for years without breaking the bank. Several methods, or combinations of


methods, can be used to produce a particular environment, including adding plants, art and scenting. Plants are the primary, and perhaps


most effective, way to interior landscape. Aesthetically, they make the workplace seemmore homely, making workers feel calmer and happier. A little greenery can also boost productivity as everyone ismore relaxed. Plants also convert stale air into oxygen, help reduce dust levels and well as filter out bugs and viruses in


It is possible to create an environment


where people are happy to work, and be more dynamic in the process.


the air, all of which can help cut down on the number of staff “sickies”. Plants in lunchrooms or break areas


create a relaxing atmosphere away from work areas, helping people escape from the stresses of the day for a fewminutes. It has also been shown that workers who take a proper break for lunch, switch off and get out of the office environment are more productive when they return. An employee garden is the best way to pro- mote proper breaks, and is also a great space for creative meetings. Greenerycanmakeyour businessmore


attractiveto clientsandprospectiveclients. Justafewferns, potted in sleek,metal pots, cancompletely change theatmosphere of your lobby, giving it a professional yet friendly touch. If you really want to make astatement,averticalgardenwillwowany- one who walks into the building. Ultimately, it is possible to create an


environment where people are happy to work, andbemore dynamic in the process. Installing artwork in an office might


seem an obvious approach to décor, but fewpeople consider the creative thoughts that art can inspire. With the right type of art, such as striking, natural pictures in tactful colours, it is easy to complement the design of the room as well as any plants that have been brought in. Scent is also a great way to increase


productivity. Having scents piped in through the air-conditioning system can influence the mood in the office (one


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APR/MAY 2012 | WWW.EXECUTIVEPA.COM.AU 29 Jasmine Ayres believes interior landscaping can change


A vertical grass garden as a feature wall in a Shanghai building.


Sydney hotel is known for the freshly baked apple pie smell it pipes into its foyer). Lavender and other floral scents help calm, citrus invigorates and natural “green” scents, like pine, help reduce stress. They also help revive happy memories and mask any odours (no more holding your breath when the sweaty IT guy approaches). Although all of thesemethods can be


used individually, combining all three creates the best impact. It might seem like a lot of work and maintenance, but there are companies that do everything for you, from design to weekly upkeep. For big national or multinational busi-


nesses, a consistent look can be created across all offices, one that is unique to your brand. Even logos and brand colours can be incorporated.


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