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How to create a stylish home office?
If you’d like to create a home office where you feel at ease and productive, read on for lots of tips & tricks on how to get it right.
The first thing to think about is where you are going to install your office? Choose the location that suits best your working style and consider the nature of your work, as well the needs of the people you live with.
If your work requires tranquility and privacy, a separated space is most appropriate. On the other hand, if you are working from home while keeping an eye on children, you may need your workspace in the living area. Or, if you simply don't have the space elsewhere, a corner of a bedroom or living space can do the trick!
Your home office should be a place that stimulates your creativity and allows you to get down to business.
Colours & Materials
Should your workspace stimulate your creativity or rather bring peace? Colour is a powerful psychological tool that can affect the way we feel and how we perceive things. Choose the color or shade that best suits you and your activity.
- Productivity boost: Blue stimulates the mind, leading to more productivity. It is perfect for completing administrative tasks or projects that require maximum focus.
- Creativity: Are you required to ‘think out of the box’? Yellow helps to get the creative juices flowing as it stimulates your ego and spirits, and makes you more optimistic!
- Harmonising: Green is all about balance, calmness, and reassurance. Use green if you are at your best in a calm working environment.
- Physical: Red gets your heart pumping and raises your pulse. The colour provides a feeling of extreme and courage and is great if you’re not easily phased being in high-stress situations or when you have a job that requires a lot of physical exertion
- Neutral: you can’t go wrong with a monochrome colour scheme, using colours such as white, ivory, grey and beige. These colours do not distract and can be perfectly combined with accent colours (think accessories) for vitality and energy.
Once you've decided on your overal colour scheme you can start adding materials and textures. Think of ‘warm’ materials such as wood, linoleum, leather and fabric. Also keep the already existing colours and furniture in the room in mind, so mix & match a small selection of materials with your colours scheme and you have a mood board to work with!
Desk & Chair
Invest in the best desk and office chair you can get for your budget and choose furniture that serves your purpose.
Define how much space you have available in the room and how much desktop space you require. Do you need to be able to just put your laptop or computer, or do you need space to take notes, sketch or sort files?
Match your chair to the rest of the room’s furniture, rather than using a more typical office chair. Don't compromise on a good chair, and go for a well-designed, ergonomically-correct chair. You don't want to end up feeling sore and having back aches at the end of the day!
And don’t forget to use the mood board you’ve created to decide on the finishes of your furniture.
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A well organised work space is essential for productivity, you will want to make sure that the space is as tidy as possible. A tidy desk is a tidy mind!
Think about what storage do you need? If you are mostly working in the cloud, a small shelf might do it. Do you have lots of paperwork or need to store a printer or other office accessories, you’ll probably need more storage space.
- To create a spacious look, opt for open shelving (if you are neat enough)
- If your home office sits anywhere but in a designated room, go for closed storage furniture
- Want to maximise the available space? Look for adaptable and modular storage systems that can grow and be altered.
- Prefer a more personal and original solution? Then you might consider to have bespoke furniture designed for you according your wishes and needs.
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Good lighting is essential. You want as much natural daylight as possible and allow the natural light in the room to blend in with your selected furniture. Position your desk close to the window to benefit from as much daylight as possible but avoid glare. Also pay attention how daylight can fall on your computer screen because reflections on the screen can be very disturbing.
Set up the right ambience in your home office by using soft general lighting. A high-quality desk lamp is a must-have for late nights or cloudy days.
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Accessories & Accents
Personalise your office with accessories and accents. Make it comfortable and appealing, it’s a home office after all.
- Frame some artwork, your favourite quote or even dried flowers
- Use a pencil holder and a paper tray on your desk
- Store things in small boxes
- Place a small rug onder your desk
- Invest a nice vase to put fresh flowers
All this small details will energise your space and make you feel motivated to start working.
A green workplace is a productive workplace. Research shows that adding plants to your work space is good for your concentration and creativity, reduces your stress, makes you more productive, … An other benefit of plants in your home is that they are great air-purifiers!
- Consider the where the plant will be placed. Is there high or low levels of natural sunlight?
- Opt for ‘easy to care for’ plants
- Play with plant pots, plant boxes, plant hangers, …