Make working from home effective & fun
Working from home has become significantly more appealing over the past decade as long commutes and personal commitments make achieving a healthy work-life balance more challenging. Whether you work from a spacious home office or a cosy desk nook, it is vital to your productivity that your home office space reflects your style, needs and what inspires you.
Form & Function
Some of the basic necessities for a practical and functional home office are storage, space, lighting, ventilation and ergonomic furniture. A cluttered desk creates a cluttered mind so ample desk space and shelving solutions are key. Do you have piles of paper work, bills, life admin constantly cluttering your desk? Shelving, built in joinery, and baskets are aesthetically pleasing yet functional solutions for storing these items, whilst keeping your desk space (and mind) clear. High quality ergonomic furniture is a good investment in your health and wellbeing if you spend hours on end in your home office, whilst natural light and fresh air do wonders for concentration and productivity. Accessorise with functional and tasteful pieces such as a desk lamp for task lighting, a clock or calendar as a piece of wall art, pen holders, note pads and additional desk organisation for a stylish touch.
Just as important as the functionality of the space is the aesthetics. This comes down to personal style, taste and the nature of your work. An Interior designer may prefer something bold, bright and structured to inspire and stimulate throughout their working day, whilst a lawyer may prefer to stick to a calm neutral palette to ensure optimum concentration. Add your personality to the space through books, trinkets, candles and greenery.
A minimal office scheme is easy on the eye and on resources as well. It can look both contemporary and classy and doesn’t demand much in the form of materials needed. A home office that is minimalist in style also needs a lot less décor, as the cluttering of accessories then takes away from the clean and seamless lines. Create your minimalist office space by curating only the necessities for your space. A spacious desk to work on, a floor lamp, a touch of greenery and an inspiring artwork or quote for the wall.
Nothing says ‘bachelor pad’ like Leather and dark wood. Pair this with a neutral/dark muted colour palette, classic photography, a hide rug and lots of texture. Design details could include exposed brick, dark timber flooring and metal accents like chrome and copper. And hey, who said the fairer sex can’t enjoy and embrace a scheme like this?
Soft & Scandi Styling
A light colour palette is the key to creating a soft Scandinavian style home office. White, oak, fur, greenery and trinkets are a great starting point to achieve this cool calm and collected scheme. Design details could include white walls, light timber flooring, marble accents and concrete are also great options to add to the scheme and experiment with.
Bold & Bright Styling
Bright colour, bold pattern, statement furniture and lighting make up the fundamentals of a bold and bright home office. Decorate with books, flowers and fun accessories to add to your office space to give the scheme that bold and punchy palette. Design finishes can be left minimal, especially if your heart lies with a louder scheme and you love to mix up the palette every once in a while. White/neutral walls and timber flooring are the base palette to allow complete freedom with the accessories and furnishings.