Maybe you work remotely, or just need a space at home to get work done. Either way, you probably want a design that’s welcoming, organized and visually appealing. Working from home is nice because it offers an opportunity for real comfort, but if the office is too casual, or isn’t separated from the home environment, productivity will suffer. The perfect home office is comfortable, well lit, private and full of character. Click To Tweet
Tips for Designing a Home Office
Your home office should be a connection to yourself, your personality and your motivations. It should encourage focus rather than distraction and be a place you want to be and want to spend time in. That will positively influence you in the space and enhance the work you do there.
Good lighting is essential for productivity. Just as buzzing fluorescent lights can give you a headache, a home office with too little or not enough light will do the same. The solution to the lighting problem is usually natural light. However, if that isn’t available (in a basement home office, perhaps) combine general and task lighting. Consider a unique antique chandelier paired with a small desk lamp to make a dramatic statement, but still enjoy functionality.
Sure you could probably piece together a low-budget home office at Ikea, but would it be a room you enjoyed spending time in? (And would you really want to spend hours putting it all together?) Opt instead for high-quality pieces that will last for years to come and make an impressive statement every time you enter the room.
No one can work effectively with constant noise and interruptions. When planning your office area, ensure that it affords you some privacy from surrounding activities. While headphones can isolate certain sounds, no one wants to wear them all the time.
Of course, even the most beautiful home offices won’t prove beneficial if they’re not comfortable to be in. You desk chair, where you likely spend much of your day, should be supportive and easy to move around. Additional seating can offer even more visual interest and comfort. Consider a one of a kind Chesterfield sofa or plush leather armchair.
Inject Your Personality
Make the space your own. Ensure that it reflects your personality and contains a favorite object or photo that will give you a pleasant memory or help ease your stress. It’s these small but personal touches that help you make your home office comfortable.