Working from home is highly common these days and most people would love to seize an opportunity to work whenever and wherever they want. Apart from the actual benefits such as gas, money and time saving, working from home provides you with less stressful environment, productive and calm atmosphere and no geographic boundaries.
However, sometimes it’s really confusing to decorate a home office that works for you. You may find it difficult to concentrate on the task in the homey environment with the mass on your desk. But a very professional decorating style can be uncomfortable too. Keep on reading to learn how to incorporate coziness and professionalism into your décor and get the biggest benefits from your home office.
1. Office nook
I live in a studio and there is no chance for me to carve out a separate room for my home office. But the majority of time I spend working at home and having a comfortable workspace are essential for me. That’s why a spare nook has been transformed into the most productive place of my lodging. In fact, any spare surface can be converted into your working place. Go over your layout again and think how to make it more functional and practical.
2. Opt for natural materials
Why is it so important? Well, not only are they harmless to our health but they’re also more solid, pleasing to the touch and high-quality. In era of plastic and other synthetics it may sound outmoded, but natural materials are classical and never out of fashion. Don’t overlook wooden furniture, natural fabrics and glass.
It’s perfect if your working desk is located near your window, but mine is not. That’s why I had to look for a good lighting. A well-lighted working place can improve both productivity and inspiration. For better effect I supplied my room with various kinds of light sources like chandelier, table lamps and floor lamps. Lanterns and decorative lights are great options as well. They provide my studio with ample light and cheerful mood.
4. Double-duty details
When you have a limited space, every detail becomes a focal point. Try to minimize the amount of furniture with savvy built-in desks, Murphy beds and various niches. Do not overlook your bare walls; they can be a super-functional space for your shelves, wall organizers, posters and numerous knickknacks. You can invest into a custom-made desk. Not only will it suit to your interior, but it will also reflect your taste and individuality.
5. Flower power
Indoor plants are extremely versatile helpers! Everybody knows that plants purify air, reduce our stress levels and stimulate our brain to work better. But, it’s actually plants that make our house a home and if your work desk and window sills are still empty, I strongly recommend you to consider having greenery as a part of your home office décor. A couple of flowerpots will undoubtedly introduce a splash of life into your working interior.
6. Wonder walls
Photos, memos, newspaper clipping, and chalkboards are all super-functional office accessories, which both liven up the décor and provide you with visual image of your aims and wishes. My walls are swamped with motivational quotations and tips, my photos and just lovely knickknacks. It helps me reinforce my productivity and keep my attention on the task. Moreover, they help keep in memory all my appointments, important affairs and things to do. Want to create your inspiration board?
7. Go bright: color story
When you want to differentiate the space, adding some color is the right idea. Adhere to the common furniture style, but introduce some colors to give the space some specific features. Invigorating and cool color palette will surely speed up your work! Zippy spots such as a lemon vase, turquoise shelves and bold pattern insets are funny things to pay attention to every now and then! Remember to refine bright colors with neutral vase or black and white palette. Floral wallpaper or animal print rag will add another kick of color to your interior.
8. Keep it simple
Considering everything above-mentioned, I will also say that your home office shouldn’t be cluttered up. For those who love rational and reasonable style, ergonomic minimalist décor is definitely the best option. It looks classy and stylish, it is unpretentious in terms of materials and it is easy on your eyes. Well-defined lines, dull colors and simple models are all signs of minimalist home office design. Many designers advocate “less is more” trends and philosophy, so if you want to have a chic and sleek home office, keep it simple!
With a nice home office you won’t even mind getting your work done! However, arranging a functional and comfortable working place is a challenging yet feasible task even if there is no spare room for that purpose. There are hundreds of creative and rational solutions for organizing a savvy home office. Give these 8 tips a try, and if you have any other tips don’t forget to share them with us.