When you’re in politics there’s a lot to be said for appearance. It may actually be more important than what you do at your job on a daily basis. The public’s votes keep you in office, and the public’s opinion of you is what gets them to vote in the first place. There are so many ways that you’re making an impression on the public as a politician, and one small sector of that is the appearance of your office where you spend your days working when you’re not on the road.
In short and informative post we’ll go over some of the simple things you can do to spruce up your office, so that you’ll have that extra boost of confidence when visitors come to speak with you.
A Leather Chair or Couch
The very first thing that probably comes to mind when outfitting a political office is that it has to be warm and welcoming to visitors. Nothing suits this need more perfectly than a lush and comfortable leather chair or couch for your visitors to sit in. A dark brown leather tends to be the best fit for the color schemes used in most political offices, but you may need to use your discretion if your color scheme is a bit non-standard.
A Bold Desk
They say a desk is only as bold as the person sitting behind it, and I’m inclined to side with that statement. You’re still going to want a nice large desk with a spacious desktop for your political office though. It’s a good idea to get the colors to match well with the leather chair that we just discussed. It should be a relatively easy feat, and the combination of the two pieces of furniture will have maximum appeal.
With the furnishing foundations out of the way, it’s time to turn to a few extra accessories that you can add to really bring the appeal of your office to the forefront. What better way to start than with some calming potted plants? Some of the top choices are peace lilies, orchids, and snake plants. They are relatively easy to maintain and very pleasant on the eyes. A couple of carefully placed potted plants throughout your office can certainly help to make a great impression on your visitors.
Aromatherapy via an Oil Diffuser
Aromatherapy really has to be subtle, because if you overdo it you can easily offend your visitors. With that in mind, having a nice subtle aroma to your room can easily put your visitors at ease. Go with something neutral and pleasant. The main purpose is to fill the aroma void so that you’re not smelling the stale aromas of yesterday’s lunch, or perhaps another visitor’s egg sandwich from the morning. Find a nice looking oil diffuser to put it in and tuck it in the corner of the room. Not necessarily out of site, but at least out of the center of attention.
Subtle Ambience with Electric Fireplace
Now you really have a solid baseline put in place, it’s time to get fancy. You can do this with any number of ambience-enhancing objects, but my personal favorite recommendation of the day is to get an electric fireplace. You’ll get many of the benefits of a real fireplace in your office, and they can easily be installed where a traditional fireplace is simply not an option. Just think of how inviting your office could be with the additional ambience of a fireplace. Take a look at BEFR’s buying guide and see if you can find one that works for you.
If you’ve gone ahead and put this extra effort into making your office inviting and welcoming for your visitors, then you’re well on your way. Take note of how your visitors act next time they come to see you. Do they seem at ease? Do they look around the room with a smile on their face? If so, you’ve done a great job. Let us know how it works for you!