‘A HOME OFFICE SPACE’
Whether you work from home or have created a space for a side business you’d love to grow in like crafting, blogging, or writing, your home office is a place that should inspire the swirl of creativity and allow you to get down to business.
But often, that’s not the case. In fact, home offices can be the most neglected spaces in our homes—messy and unfriendly for inspiration, driving us to work anywhere but in the actual office, like the couch, or kitchen, or bed (guilty!).
To help you stimulate and update your own space, we asked professionals—from designers to architects and editors—for their advice on the best home office design ideas that will make you want to buckle down and get to work.
A dedicated workstation in your home aids you set aside household distractions and focus on work.
A sophisticated space secluded from tempting distractions as TV and snacks.
These home office design ideas will not only inspire you to get that last bit of work done but enjoy your surroundings while doing so.
1. Make Your Walls Work for You
Decorate with images that speak to you. Even if you’re crunching numbers all day. “Infuse your office with vibrant art to energize your space and make you feel activated.”
Work is a creative process, no matter what you do. It’s so easy to get bogged down and feel like you’re not moving the needle, so when you look up, you should see things that enliven you.
If you respond strongly to visual cues, go with formal artwork, but if you’re more cerebrally motivated, you may be better off with typography prints.
And when it comes to private pieces to display, look at the ones that point to why you work so hard. Whether it’s inspiring samples of work from your colleagues, collaborations you’re especially proud of, or family photos, they should speak to the bigger picture of why you work.
2. Mix Old & New
Don’t be afraid to borrow furniture or decor from other rooms in the house. A blend of vintage and modern makes a home feel warm and lived in and personalized, instead of feeling like a showroom.
And a vintage piece never goes wrong but only adds a unique charm and individualism to space!
3. Visualize the Future—Literally
Do not overlook the power of a paper calendar or day planner. Even if you use a digital calendar for the quintessence of your schedule, having a physical benchmark is enormous for the organization, time management, and goal setting.
You may or may not jot down every task or goal, but the big stuff should be in there—it will keep you accountable and motivated to do more!
4. Throw Out Every Conventional Idea of What an Office Design Demands
An enclosure of walls and a traditional desk with drawers aren’t necessary. Yes, storage is one of the most significant parts of a successful home office setup, but it can be on your own terms. And when it comes to sectioning off an office if you don’t have an entire room for it, get creative with the partitions. A long, low credenza or bookcase as a room divider—plus, it adds storage!
You can also add a green buffer plantation divider which serves a double purpose as a book storage unit! Floor coverings can also be thoughtful—you can use one you think goes well with your theme to section off your work area from the rest of the room.
5. Create the Right Lighting Mix
Let the Light inside your abode! Stay connected to the great outdoors. Natural light adds spaciousness —which is always an add-on in a compact space.
Just like anything else, you have to experiment to find the right mix for you. Most prefer home offices to be well lit but not too bright and lights which add coziness to space. When you add in a pendant light above, it creates a bright yet pleasant ambiance.
6. Choose the Right Chair
An office chair is an essential element: It’s one of those pieces where good engineering is going to have a major benefit to your comfort, and it’s absolutely worth spending more money on. They’re generally designed to be ergonomically correct.
7. Add a Built-In Break
It can be so useful to have something in your space that represents the mindset shift between work and a break—and we’re talking about a real break, not just doing something different on your computer.
So it might be set alongside a set of crossword puzzle books or the tools to do something physical—like stretch bands or a yoga mat in a cupboard so you can do a short workout as an interlude. Or as simple as keeping an instrument near your work table so as to get you motivated to learn something new, or any hobby that you prefer doing in your free time. After all, keeping your mind at peace makes you more productive!
8. Bring In Life
Breathe some liveliness into your work area, so you’ll want to stay longer.
Any element of nature in your space is going to enhance the experience of being there. These specimens ground us and keep us in touch with the larger purpose of our work. But that doesn’t mean you automatically have to go with a houseplant—you can get that feeling with raw wood or crystals, stone claddings, or anything that suits your style.
9. Mount Your Desk to a Wall to Save Space
If you’re low on space, a wall-mounted desk is one of the best solutions. Maximize Wall Space by using built-ins and bookshelves helps delineate a small area. This also creates an option to display work-related items and personal collectibles, making a strong focal point for a room.
10. Let furniture be multipurpose
In a tight area, let’s not limit the functions of a piece of furniture, a desk can be used for more than just sending emails and writing to-do lists.
For bedrooms, we try to use a multipurpose desk that can serve as a work surface or a vanity to increase the functionality of the room, and it’s always good to invest in furniture which can be functional in different ways!
11. Think Vertically
When there’s not enough width for a full shelving unit, Take advantage of the height of a room, you can maximize storage for documents, books, and other work-related goods, allowing you to utilize more of your desk space.
12. Keep Your Color Palette Simple
Choose colors that speak to you—not what’s trendy. Just pick one gorgeous hue and add a pop of color in a monotonous area. Use that same color in accents around the room like curtains, cushions, fabric upholstery, or artwork. Sure, you can go with a neutral color palette. But you can also add bright pops of color to make the space come alive.