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Your Comprehensive Guide to Wedding Dress Shapes – Skirt Types

There are enough worries for a bride-to-be as there is, from catering to guest list to booking a venue or hiring marquees (for an outdoor wedding) to much, much more. However, deciding on a wedding dress is probably the biggest decision of all wedding decisions. When deciding on your wedding dress, there are various types of neckline you could choose for your wedding dress. These choices range from sweetheart to V-necked and high neck, so that every bride can find her own style, the one that looks the most flattering. However, the neckline isn’t the whole dress, you’ll need to decide upon the shape of the skirt, too. This is actually the shape most brides-to-be have in mind when they first come to choose their wedding dress. The puffy ball gown is by far the most popular choice in the UK. Nonetheless, if this particular style doesn’t make you look your best, you are welcome to choose something else, something that suits your body and your personal style.


The A line dress is the next most popular option after the ball gown, especially when the bride doesn’t want a lot of volume in her lower body. This type of skirt starts by following the body line and gradually becoming wider towards the bottom, in a fluid A shape. As this type of skirt follows the hip line, it helps making the waist appear smaller, directing the eye to the bust. If you’ve chosen a dress with a detailed bust, the A-line skirt could be the perfect match as it draws attention to the upper part of your body. A line skirts are usually plain and simple, with intricate bodice designs.

Ball Gown

The ball gown is the traditional wedding outfit most brides-to-be have in mind. It is a full length dress with a puffy skirt made from several layers of different material that help create the required volume. Brides who dream of a fairy tale wedding are the ones that choose this skirt style. As the skirt has a lot of volume, it makes the waist appear very small and makes even a basic bodice look amazing. It suits all body shapes and neckline types, so we can safely say it’s the most versatile choice.


The column dress is nothing else but a straight skirt. The straight shape goes from neckline to hem and it is perfect for slim brides. These dresses are usually made from material such as light chiffon as these fabrics have a natural flow that pleases the eye. The only downside of this style is that you’ll have to wear a good control bodice, in order to create a smooth and elegant silhouette. Nonetheless, this isn’t an issue as there are many solutions to give your body a slim and seamless contour without problems. Such bodices are usually made from breathable materials, being therefore a good solution even if your wedding is scheduled for the summer, when the heat is intense.


The fishtail or mermaid skirt can be extremely eye catching. This skirt follows and hugs the body from the waist to the knees and then flares out just like a mermaid tail. Many celebrities prefer the mermaid skirt style, so you may have seen it quite a lot on TV. This skirt is suitable for women with curves and preferably taller, as the fishtail may appear a bit strange on a very short bride.


Last but not the least, the empire waist style features a high waited skirt gathering just under the bust, flowing down in a loose fitting. It suits slimmer brides who want to emphasise their bust, as well as for smaller brides who want to appear taller. This style hides the hips and the waist, being therefore a good fit for girls without a curvy and well contoured body. Moreover, the empire waist style creates the impression of elegance, as it reminds of old times, when all women were dressed in this kind of outfit that made them look like very delicate.

By picking two flattering styles for your neckline and for the skirt, you can find the perfect wedding dress. Each of the above mentioned skirt styles is available in lots of combinations, so you’ll have literally hundreds of dress models to choose from. There are also various materials and detailing choices.

Understanding the Different Skirt Shapes in Wedding Dresses

The neckline of a wedding dress can alter the look of the dress. Some of the choices for wedding dress necklines include the V-neck and the sweetheart. In addition to the different necklines available on a wedding dress, the shape of the skirt is another major aspect to  consider. Most women typically have an idea of what style skirt they would like on their wedding dress. The most popular skirt style is the puffy ballroom gown. However, there are numerous other styles available. When you try on the gown that you have dreamed of, you may find that it doesn’t look like you imagined. When you shop for a wedding dress, you should have an open mind and try on as many different styles as possible. This will help you to find the perfect wedding dress. Continue reading to learn more about the different skirt styles available in wedding dresses.

Skirt Style: Ball Gown

A ball gown style wedding dress is a traditional full-length dress with a puffy skirt. Numerous layers of materials are used to create volume. This type of dress is perfect for those who are after a fairy-tale wedding. This dress makes the waist appear tiny and can feature modest or quite elaborate bodices. The ball gown wedding dress is great for any shape or neckline, making it one of the most versatile skirt shapes available.

Skirt Style: A-Line

One popular option for those who do not want a full, voluminous skirt is the A-line wedding dress. This skirt is narrow at the waistline and gradually widens creating the shape of a capital A. This skirt skims the hips creating the illusion of a slimmer hips and waist by drawing the eye up toward the bust line. The shape of this dress is perfect for those who like a very detailed bust line. You will typically find that A-line dresses have simple skirts and intricately detailed bodices.

Skirt Style: Column

A column wedding dress, also known as a straight skirt wedding dress, features a slim fitting straight shape that extends from the neckline to the hemline. These dresses are often made of either light chiffon or silk, allowing them to flow naturally down the body. The column wedding dress hugs the body and emphasises the figure, making it the perfect style for slimmer brides. This style of wedding dress does require Spanx or some form of shape-wear to create a smooth silhouette because this style can make even the slimmest bride look lumpy if shape-wear is not worn.

Skirt Style: Fishtail

The fishtail wedding dress, sometimes called a mermaid skirt, is unique and eye-catching. The skirt hugs the waist, hips and thighs before it flares out at the knees. This style is often worn by stars on the red carpet. It is the perfect shape for glamours weddings. In order to wear this style, the bride needs to be curvy. The material of this wedding dress helps to smooth out lumps to create a beautiful shape. Tall brides often prefer this style of wedding dress because the style requires height.


Skirt Style: Empire

The empire wedding dress is a high-waisted dress that is gathered right under the bust line. The dress then flows down, creating a loose fitting skirt. The shape of this dress is great for those with smaller busts because it emphasises the bust line and gives the illusion of height. The empire wedding dress is also great for those with larger hips or waistlines because this style draws the eye upward, especially when the bodice features intricate detail work.

Use the information above to help you determine the best wedding skirt style for your body. Many times you will find that a couple of different skirt styles will work for your body size. Choose a couple of different styles and begin trying on some wedding dresses. Each style offers hundreds of different combinations thanks to the different necklines that can be coupled with the skirt style, the material used for the dress and the detail work. At Riki Dalal, you will find designer wedding dresses of every type that you might possibly want to try to be absolutely sure of the ‘the one’.

The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Dress Skirt Shapes

There are a number of aspects that make up a wedding dress and you need to consider all of them to ensure you have the perfect dress for the big day. The shape and style of the wedding dress skirt are very important and it is the element that most women have in mind when choosing their dress. It is recommended that you start your dress shopping with an open mind, because the style you have your heart set on may not be the one that is best for your body type. Of course, it is best to know what your options are before you enter any stores for designer wedding dresses to ensure that you look at the dresses that are right for you.

The Ball Gown Dresses

The ball gown skirt is a traditional full-length skirt which is generally puffy and made from multiple layers materials, usually tulle and chiffon, in order to achieve the volume of the dress. This dress style is a favourite with women who want a fairy-tale type wedding and can be designed as a simple and wide base or a huge meringue style skirt. As the skirt has a lot of volume it will make the waist look smaller and a simple bodice will look gorgeous. This style can work with all body types and dress necklines which make it the most versatile of the dress shapes.

The A-Line Dresses

The A-line dress is one of the most popular for women who are looking for less volume in their wedding dress skirt and do not want to have a ball gown. This skirt will have a narrow top and will gradually become wider the closer to the bottom of the skirt creating an A shape. The skirt will also skim over the hips which minimise the hip width and will make the waist appear smaller which can lead the eye to the bust. If you have a dress with a detailed bust then this skirt shape is ideal because it draws attention to it. A-line dresses generally have a very plain skirt with intricately decorated bodices.

The Column Dresses

The column dress which is also known as the straight skirt is a slim fitting dress that has a straight line from the neckline to the hem. These dresses will often be made with silk or light chiffon to ensure that they flow naturally and do not look stiff. The style will hug and emphasise the figure which makes it the ideal choice for any bride with a slim figure. The only issue with this skirt style is the need to create a smooth silhouette through a control bodice. Without this, even the smallest bride will risk looking lumpy.

The Fishtail Dresses

The mermaid or fishtail dress is one of the most eye-catching and unique designs available. The skirt will hug and follow the natural shape of the body from the waist before flaring out at the knees. This is a style often seen on the red carpet and will work for any glamorous wedding. This skirt works best for a bride with curves particularly at the hips and will need materials which smooth out lumps and bumps to create the perfect shape that you want. This style is also popular with tall brides because it looks more elegant with their height.

The Empire Dresses

The last skirt type that you should know about is the empire waist style which is a high-waist skirt that will gather under the bust and flow down into a long and loose fitting skirt. This skirt type is popular with slimmer brides who have a small bust and would like to emphasise it. Shorter brides also look at this style because it can give the illusion of greater height. The empire skirt is also very forgiving around the waist and hips because the weight and detail of the skirt will draw the eye away from this area.

It is important that you know about the different skirt styles that could make up half of your wedding dress. You should look at having a neckline style and skirt type that complement and flatter each other. There are hundreds of combinations that you can look at to ensure your wedding dress is unique and offers the feel that you want. It is also important to look at the material and detailing of the dress because this can affect the overall style.

The Link Between Commercial Decorating and Marathon Running

In the run-up to marathons, countless aspiring runners rack up the miles on roads throughout. From the beginning of Spring, runners eye up half-marathon distances to either build up their endurance for the full course or to train expressly for a 13.1-mile race. Whether prepping for a half-marathon or a full one, most of the serious runners training use a formalised plan or schedule to prepare themselves. Contemplating this fact led us to ponder the connections between commercial office redecoration and long-distance running. Fitting out a commercial space or refurbishing one is an endeavour that’s more like a long-distance endurance race than a sprint. In order to succeed, it needs a well-thought-out plan.

The Day of the Race

A refurbishment’s completion day is a lot like ‘race day.’ It’s when all the training is complete. In this case, that means that all the preparations and decoration have been finished and the space is ready for commercial use. All of the time and effort invested in fitting the space out will play a long-term role in how useful, comfortable and functional the space is when it’s in use for its intended purpose (e.g. retail, office, or educational work). The decisions made during a commercial refurbishment will have a long-reaching impact on the behaviour and effectiveness of the workers using the space.

Training for Longer Distances

A proper training plan will intentionally expose a runner to longer and longer distances in order to build up stamina and endurance. Commercial refurbishments also tend to inflate in scope and cost, but in this case, the growth is rarely intentional. Solving one problem often creates more challenges, especially when the design team has to deal with issues on a case-by-case basis. The best way to keep a refurbishment project free of unwanted bloat is by preparing thoroughly at the outset. When the project starts with a clear and comprehensive analysis of the space and the work that it requires, it becomes much easier to maintain a firm grip on the scale and cost of the work.

Core Strength

Long distance running requires more than just leg strength; marathoners need a strong core, too. In the world of commercial decorating, infrastructure does a good job of filling the role of core strength. It becomes pointless to repaint a commercial space, for instance, if all of the walls need to be opened up for a power point relocation within the year. Prioritise your refurbishing activity sensibly so that you address fundamental issues ahead of strictly cosmetic ones.

Variable Pacing

Runners rarely get their best results by training at a single uninterrupted pace. It’s more effective to use variable intervals of effort to improve the necessary skills. When it comes to decorating or refurbishment, owners and managers need to prepare themselves for a similar variety of pacing. Some stages of a project will inevitably feel much faster and more productive than others. This does not mean that less visibly-busy phases (in particular the early planning work that is so vital to keeping a project organised!) can be ignored. Though the value of preparation may not be immediately obvious, it’s absolutely vital if the project is to be kept on time and under budget.

The Taper

The number of runners out training on the streets takes a dramatic dip in the last few weeks before the marathon. This is because smart runners know that they need to build up their reserves and prepare themselves for maximum effort on race day. In a refurbishment project, there is typically a similar lull after the completion of major work. The final stages of the project will involve fine-tuning the minor elements that really set off a commercial space, such as placing foliage and applying brand graphics. This work too is important; in many cases, it’s these final touches that make a space unique and inspire workers to be more productive.
Running a marathon is going to be a high point in the running careers of many who participate. It will be a goal achieved and a memorable accomplishment for those who prepare well. Commercial redecoration and refurbishments follow the same general pattern. The best results inevitably come out of those projects which are carefully and thoroughly planned out in advance.

The Bars and Clubs of Madrid

Madrid has a vivid nightlife and a generous offer of bars and clubs so you shouldn’t really even dare to think about an early night while there.

In the real Spanish style (and very few things can be more Spanish than a night out in Madrid) the best part of all the entertainment starts long after the witching hour, and it only fades away at dawn.

The Gran Via

The Gran Via is the most famous street in Madrid, and arguably the centre of its entertainment. It is a very important hub most tourists and fun seekers go to. Here you can find many of the clubs of Madrid, as Gran Via is full of bars, clubs and restaurants. This makes it the perfect destination for all kinds of weekend party animals in Europe.

The grand boulevard and all adjacent alleys are home to welcoming tapas bars, cocktail bars and many other such facilities, therefore, being an endless supply of good food, good booze and unforgettable fun.

Here are a few of the best bars you can find here:

Del Diego Restaurant and Bar

Like many other night clubs and bars in Madrid, Del Diego is a bit sophisticated. Considered one of the premier bars in Madrid, Del Diego is a stylish mix of classy cocktail lounge and fancy tapas restaurant, yet lively and fun. This is the true Madrileno style bar, a sample of the city life.

Matador Bar

If all you want is to spend some time in a good old fashioned Spanish boozer, Matador will definitely suit you. Located just off the Gran Via, this old saloon is perfect for a few drinks before you start the real night fun. You won’t have to walk a lot to get to the night clubs where the action unfolds.

Night Clubs of Madrid

Nonetheless, if you want to experience the real pulse of Madrileno nights, you should take a tour of the following clubs, as they are a vivid representation of typical Spanish night entertainment.

Sala Sol Night Club

Sala Sol is one of the most popular night clubs in the city, being part of Madrid’s night life since the late 1970s. The music selection includes soul and funk classics, as well as electronics and everything in-between. The DJs will keep you on the dance floor until morning so be ready to get some sore muscles the next day.

Pacha Night Club

Just like its twin brother in Ibiza, Pacha is one of the hottest clubs of the moment. It is indeed a mega-club, a huge location pulsating with good music, throbbing lights and some of the best DJs in Madrid. As nights in Pacha usually start around 3am, you have plenty of time to warm up before getting here. This is one of the major destinations for clubbers from all over the world. If you enjoy cool parties and good music, you can’t afford to miss this club while in Madrid.

Joy Night Club

This classic club venue is the place to be for all techno lovers. The sunken dance floor in the centre of the room is surrounded by cool sofas and low tables. The wide balcony is the perfect spot to look down on the action on the dance floor. Like all other cool night clubs in Madrid, Joy gets going for real only after 3am, as the dance floor fills with party lovers in search for some real action.

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Main Reasons Why LED Lighting Is Better Than Traditional Systems

LED lighting has made huge progress over the past decade, enabling facilities managers to make important savings in terms of time, energy and costs. Here are a few advantages of switching to LED lighting today. For more information on LED lighting visit Litenow.

Old Vs the New

The article compares old lighting systems with LED technologies. Until a few years ago, airports, warehouses and many other large buildings had been using either fluorescent or metal-halide lighting systems. These options weren’t too bad, but when LED technologies have become mainstream, facility managers have wanted to take advantage of their benefits in energy and cost savings.

Lifespan of LED lamps

The LED lamp itself is more efficient than traditional ones by as much as 40-60%. Besides this, it provides better lighting while also having a much longer lifespan. Metal-halide lamps have an average lifespan of only 20,000 hours, out of which only 5,000 hours at nominal lighting parameters. For the other three quarters of its lifespan, this lamp provides only 60% of its nominal lighting power. A LED lamp, on the other hand, has an average lifespan of 100,000 hours and only 8% loss of light output throughout all this time.

All these show that LED lamps are way more efficient than traditional lamps being, therefore, a good way of cutting some maintenance costs. Since keeping these costs as low as possible is the priority of most facility managers, there’s no wonder they are more and more attracted to such modern lighting solutions.

Minimise Light Pollution

LED has another advantage which is that it minimises light pollution. It can focus on specific items such as doorways and car parks. This is a very important benefit for residential facilities regular lighting systems can’t provide.

Indoor Lighting

Indoor lighting provided by LED systems is also better, because it is more capable of recreating natural daylight. This can help people work in the building and avoid eye fatigue caused by artificial lighting. This light is also more appealing to visitors, being therefore an excellent solution for museums and other commercial spaces.

In addition, by using an automated lighting system, a facility manager can have a much better control on the wattage output for each area of the building, without needing to waste a lot of time. Such software systems allow users to set alerts to maintenance requirements. They can also help save as much a 10% of energy output, therefore decreasing operational costs.


Planning Your Office Design Effectively Could Have a Huge Impact on Employee Well-Being and Mental Health

It is a well-known fact that people spend up to 90 percent of their time inside and they can spend up to a third of their awake time at work. Is it no wonder that our mental, as well as our physical health, are both affected by our work space?

Undesirable work conditions may result in a reduced work performance as well as more errors, more injuries and more absences. However, if the workplace is well designed, it may result in increased productivity. It may also improve the employees’ sense of well-being and it may improve their overall health. HL Decorating covers a large range of sectors to ensure your employees a priority when designing an office space.

The health of employees is directly linked to their productivity as well as their health. Thus, it is in any employer’s best interest to ensure that the office space is conducive to a healthy productive employee. There are key areas to keep in mind that will increase employee well-being, productivity and benefit the employee which are as follows:

Social Relations

Each person requires their own personal space. Not enough and you can have discouraged employees and they won’t interact well. Consider both the physical layout of the employee space as well as the furnishings as both will have a huge impact on their productivity.

When employees have a bit of privacy they feel safer. Adverse effects on workplaces are greatly reduced. Ensure that there are plenty of options for each employee. Keep in mind everyone needs a different amount of space and you’ll have to take into account mental health issues as well as balancing out each person’s needs. Never overcrowd any open plan areas and always keep a breakout area for the staff to take breaks in.

Reduce Distractions

It’s easy to become distracted and it may be challenging to stay on task if there isn’t enough area for the task at hand. Consider enclosed offices or an open plan design to help reduce distractions. In open plan designs, make sure that the panels are high enough to avoid distractions such as sound masking as well as absorbing materials.

Living Walls

Living walls, also known as windows or plants, can help to reduce stress. A great workplace will feature some views of nature or plants and encourage employees to relax a bit more. This can reduce stress and help employees to accomplish more and have fewer health-related issues. This can also be accomplished by pictures of nature on the walls if there are no windows available.


This is frequently called Seasonal Mood disorder or Seasonal Associated Disorder. Often people struggle with depression during darker or cloudier days. Bright lights will help to reduce this as they mimic the sunshine that helps to lift their spirits. It offers a great way to boost mental health even if the person isn’t clinically diagnosed as depressed.

Keep in mind that the office may not have natural lighting, however, it can be created by cleverly utilising artificial light to ensure that it mimics natural daylight. This can ensure that there is optimum lighting and it can reduce energy consumption as well.

Clearly, there’s no question of the fact that the design of a great workplace environment can greatly improve employees’ productivity and their health. Keep in mind both the mental health as well as the personal space aspects when designing an office environment.

How to Make Safety a Top Priority Without Losing All the Fun

Corporate or large scale events aren’t meant to make you think about health and safety as priorities. You are probably much more inclined to brainstorm various themes or entertainment options to spice up your party. Nonetheless, you should make sure your guests are safe, as this is one of the basic prerequisites of a successful event. This is why you should take your time and consider health and safety right off the bat, so that you can easily integrate these options into the overall scheme of things.

Quality Suppliers

Whenever you choose the suppliers for your event, you need to think about the safety of the attendees. You should only choose reliable and high quality suppliers who have all relevant safety certifications. All event entertainment equipment must be checked by the Register of Play Inspectors International (RPII) on yearly basis. This is how you can ensure that the event is going to unfold smoothly, without nay safety incidents or malfunctions of the equipment.

Tested and Certified Equipment

You shouldn’t trust a website or a product brochure that the equipment you intend to use is tested and certified. Have these certifications confirmed by a third party so that you can be on the safe side no matter what. All inflatables should be tested in accordance to PIPA, an inspection plan that checks the safety of inflatables as per recognised standards. All pieces of equipment must have a label you can independently check in a national database. The PIPA system is supported by the HSE, so you can rest assured nothing bad is going to happen during your event, if the company you use is associated with these.

Electrical Safety

As no party can work without electricity, you shouldn’t take its presence for granted. In case of electrical failure, your event is going to suffer and your guests may even leave the party for fear of their lives. Indeed, the lack of safety when it comes to electric systems can be lethal. All the electrical equipment must be PAT tested on yearly basis, being therefore compliant with the Portable Appliance Testing guidelines designed and reinforced by the HSE. This should give you the peace of mind that nobody would get injured because of a malfunction.

Risk Assessment

Never leave your risk assessment to the last minute. This process should start as soon as you’ve designed the structure of your event. By starting this assessment early on, you’ll have enough time to make adjustments, should safety issues arise. You should be aware that both you and your suppliers need to have proper insurance. All inflatable items and entertainment equipment should really have public liability insurance as well as individual risk assessment for each item to be on the safe side.

Knowledgeable Staff

Your risk assessment should definitely include staffing. You need to make sure you’ve got enough people in your organisation to ensure all responsibilities are properly assigned. Provide your staff with adequate communication lines and with high quality training, in line with current safety standards. Moreover, have the right number of first-aiders available for the entire duration of the event. If you don’t have that many people in your organisation, consider outsourcing these services. All the operating staff must be periodically trained and examined at supervisory levels in installing and using the equipment. Your guests won’t have to do anything else other than enjoy the party, as everything else should be take care of.

Last but not least, the secret to proper health and safety policies for large scale or corporate events is that nobody notices their reinforcement. All you need to do is to start planning your event as early as possible, and choose only reliable suppliers who are licensed and certified to provide their services. With safety in mind and every certification mentioned above, Little Monsters are a fantastic event supplier which will guarantee your event is going to run smoothly and your guests are going to enjoy it to the full.

How Planning Your Office Design Can Positively Influence Your Employee’s Well-Being and Mental Health

Research has found that the average person can spend approximately 90% of their time indoors with one-third of these hours at their place of work. Is it any wonder then that an individual’s physical or mental health is influenced by the aspects of the workplace?

If working conditions are not desirable, then the results could be lower work performance with increased error rates, injuries and employee absences. However, a well-designed workplace can provide the opposite results to these negative influences. It is seen that  well-planned office refurbishment can have a positive impact on the physical effects of the workers and also the well-being of the workers.

Employee health is directly linked to staff productivity and, as we all know, employee productivity has a direct relation to the production bottom line. Taking this into account, it is in the corporation’s best interests to design the office space in a manner that improves the health of its staff. There are four primary areas whereby considerations could be made regarding the increase of staff well-being and mental health; these are discussed below.

1. The Social Relationships

The amount and type of personal space being provided to a member of staff within the office setting can promote or reduce social interaction among the employees. The physical layout with furnishings can have a significant impact on this level of personal space.

It is worthwhile taking into consideration various factors when designing the office layout, such as the employee’s ability to control their privacy. By allowing the staff to control their privacy, it is possible to eliminate the adverse effects of any other workplace stressors. Making office allocations mindful of the individual worker’s personal needs, particularly those with mental health needs, is particularly important for a balanced group/team interaction. It is, however, important to avoid overcrowding of the open plan area and creation of break areas where staff can relax.

2. Attention Focus

People can be easily distracted and can have problems staying focused on a single task. In these situations, it could be beneficial to consider enclosing offices or using open plan office designs with distraction reducing elements as an office design plan. For example, you could use sound masking or sound absorbing materials to mask distracting sounds during the work day.

3. Stress Reduction

Stress is an emotion almost every individual will experience to some extent at some point. A beneficial workplace feature to reduce feelings of stress and help people recover from anxious situations is windows. Research has shown that viewing natural settings, either through a window or in a picture, can reduce stress and anxiety dramatically. It is recommended that you consider placing staff who suffer from stress-related health problems or have stressful employment near windows; thereby, using natural deterrents to reduce stressful challenges.

4. Photobiology

Photobiology, also known as Seasonal Mood Disorder, refers to individuals who suffer from mood changes due to insufficient exposure to sunlight. By providing these people with an adequate amount of light, it is possible to increase their positive moods. Furthermore, there are other benefits for non-clinically diagnosed individuals helping them avoid pharmaceutical treatment.

If your office structure does not present with any windows and is absent of natural light, it is vital that you consider the type of light being used. Lighting is important in creating a comfortable and spacious environment. Therefore, it is necessary to consider natural and not artificial light. In addition to providing the staff with physical and mental health benefits, the use of natural daylight can minimise energy consumption ensuring optimum lighting conditions.

In summary, there is no question that the office design has an influence on the company staff. When designing the office, it is important to remember the contribution of the structure features on the individual’s physical and mental health.

How Planning Your Office Can Impact Your Employee Well-Being and Mental Health

Up to 90% of a person’s time could be spent indoors and a third of their waking hours will be spent at their workplace. This is why physical and mental health can be greatly affected by certain aspects of a workplace. If there are undesirable conditions in the workplace it can result in low work performance, an increase in error rates, absences and injuries. However, if the workplace is well-designed the opposite is seen. When planning an office decoration, it is important to focus on how it affects the well-being of your workers.

Employee productivity is directly linked to employee health and most businesses are aware that productivity relates directly to their bottom line. This is why it is in your best interest to design your office space by taking into account the way it will impact your employees’ health. There are four primary areas that you should consider when designing the office and understand the benefits that they provide.

Social Space and Employee Interaction

The amount and kind of personal space that is provided within the office environment could discourage or encourage social interaction between employees. The furnishings and physical layout of the office will impact your employees’ personal space. When you design the office layout you should consider how employees will control their privacy and how other workplace related stress inducers can be reduced.

You should make office allocations that are mindful of the personal needs of the individual employee particularly their mental health. It is important that you not overcrowd the work areas and create enough break areas for people to relax in.

Surrounding Distraction

It is very easy for people to be distracted and some people can find it hard to stay on task. If you have employees that have trouble maintaining attention on the task at hand, it is worth considering enclosed offices instead of open plan offices. You could also consider increasing the height of panels between workstations and introducing other materials which will reduce distractions such as sound masking and sound absorbing materials.

Stress Reduction

Every person will experience stress to some degree every day at work. A feature that is beneficial in reducing stress and helping people recover from any stressful situation is windows. Being able to view nature through windows, images or a living wall will help to reduce stress. You should consider prioritising offices near windows or with windows particularly for people who have stress-related problems or work in stressful areas of the business.

Seasonal Mood Disorder

Seasonal mood disorder or ‘photobiology’ is when someone suffers mood changes due to limited exposure to sunlight. When you provide adequate light within the workplace, you can increase the mental health benefits for people with this disorder. If your office does not have any windows and there is an absence of natural light, you need to carefully consider the artificial lighting that you use.

The lighting you use should create a comfortable, spacious and light environment for your staff. You should look at linking artificial lighting to natural daylight to create optimum conditions and minimising your energy consumption.

The design of your workplace will have an impact on the people who were there. When designing your office you need to consider the physical impact as well as the mental impact it will have on your employees.