9 Tips for Designing your Home OfficePosted on: April 7th, 2016
Whether your home office is a specific space for remote work, running your business, or a place to organize your schedule and pay bills, you deserve a well designed practical workspace. The office that reflects design and comfort is a place you would want to work in the dead of night. Here are some tips for creating the perfect, practical workspace.
1. Invest in an Amazing Chair
Unless you’re rocking the stand up desk, you spend hours parked in your office chair. A chair should not only provide the ultimate comfort but also something that is beautiful which coordinates with your space.
2. Pick The Right Colors
When it comes to work spaces, use neutrals and softer colors such as taupes, tonal whites and warm grays to create a calming environment. More grayed hues are better for concentration and preventing eye fatigue. To add interest to the space, you can add a brighter color as an accent.
3. Go Green; Plants!
Plants not only add health benefits to the room they are an inexpensive way to transform the look and feel of the room. Plants have been proven to reduce stress and increase productivity. If you’re not a green thumb, consider hard-to-kill plants such as succulents, cacti, palms, ivy, or a spider plant.
4. Embrace The Light
When putting in new furniture or desk in a room most people instinctively place it right up against the wall in the darkest corner of the room. Subconsciously they’ve created the infamous corporate cubical; and no one wants that. Give yourself the view you’ve always wanted and place your desk near the window. Position the design where you can stare at something more interesting than that dark corner. If you do not have a window in your space, hang a bright an inspiring picture above your desk or position yourself to view the door.
5. But Don’t Forget the Lamps
Even with the best natural light, you’ll still need adequate lighting for darker hours. Most overhead lighting is not appropriate for a work environment. Utilizing lamps give the space a warmth and nice soft glow with infinite design possibilities.
6. Master The Technology
There isn’t much to make your computer, phone, and printer look amazing but you can hide all of those ugly cords out of sight. Start by making sure the equipment is near the necessary outlets and easy to access if you need to unplug. Tame the wild cord jungle with cord organizers or a wire organizer that’s attached to the desk and lifts the chords off the floor.
7. Create A Comfy Space
Your desk is a place for active work, but having a space to think, read are beneficial too. The best home offices have a nice comfy chair for curling up – plus a great lamp and a table to put your coffee. With a luxurious throw and a colorful pillow, you’ll want to take thinking breaks.
8. Personalize Thoughtfully
Family photos on a desk or near by are great but if things become too stagnant in the room, they will cease to make us mindful. So rotate the photos, include mementos of your success, things that make you laugh, and even a scent that makes you happy.
9. Inspire Yourself
Setup a mini-shrine full of cherished art, special photos, and knickknacks that motivate you to create or get the work done. A print of your favorite destination can channel your inner muse and a reminder of a vacation that awaits after hard work. Also a print of your family can remind you exactly what you are working for.
With these few tips you can get yourself set up for a successful home office experience. Now go paint, sit back in that relaxing chair, and grind away at a successful future!