Working from home is at an all time rise, due to lifestyle and work restrictions caused by the pandemic. Losing the social aspect of work and the lack of routine has taken a toll on people all over the world.
Although it can be tempting to curl up in PJs with your laptop and call it ‘work’, productivity is notably higher when your environment is optimized for success! Creating a beautiful and functional home office as the backdrop for pioneering your industry is a daunting task. Follow the tips below to create your dream office, on your dream budget!
1. Start with the colour scheme
White and gold
Simple and clean with a touch of luxury. White tones provide a calming background to creativity and an opportunity to take full advantage of natural light. Gold accessories and lighting add a touch of class to the workspace and depth to the room.
Blues and browns
Favouriting and featuring whichever colour you prefer, create a grand office space with lots of varying tones and textures. Brown metals give a great chance to explore unique finishes.
Oak and oranges
Get the calming influence of the evening with sunset tones and lighting to match. The natural grain of oak will add character and a natural feel to the room.
2. List and price behind-the-scene necessities
Staying adequately hydrated, and productive workflow correlate considerably, so why not install a hydration-station inside the office to prompt regular sips? Or perhaps, a coffee station, to stay alert throughout the working day.
Planning a home office design before executing it is sensible; especially if the option to install a kitchenette or ensuite area is on the table, due to the complexity of installation.
Heating the whole house for an extra 8 hours per day can become expensive and feel wasteful. With modern advances in air heating technology, it is now possible to heat your home office without affecting other rooms.
Whilst lowering heating bills, electric furnaces can provide a wealth of other benefits to users; such as humidity control, air filtration, and ventilation.
If webpage-buffering is slowing down workflow, try resetting and repositioning your router somewhere inside the room.
To maintain a sleek, decluttered appearance wires could be tied neatly together and the unit hidden in a hollowed book!
A comfortable and supportive chair that promotes good posture
A desk that is a suitable size for space and purpose
Drawers or cupboard storage space
A computer, laptop, or tablet
4. Add accessories
Accessories can quickly overpopulate a space, consequentially making it more difficult to focus and distracting from what’s important. However, an empty office can feel cold and unproductive. So, striking a balance is paramount.
Natural light, rife with vitamin D, is great for a healthy, happy worker, but strained eyes aren’t. A powerful overhead source of light, alongside lamps, are a great way to vary the appearance of any room and ensure the task at hand is always well-lit. When it comes to the ‘temperature’ of the colour, consistency is key, but warmth is advised.
Family photos and memorabilia often make it onto office shelves – why not show off achievements and remind yourself of why you clock in?
The bottom line
When working from the same space as living, the lines between work and home life are bound to blur. Keep perspective and stay positive with a comfortable and practical home office that helps you to reach your potential!
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