Even more people around the world now are working from home due to the ongoing Covid’19, which have indefinitely eaten up the whole first half of 2020 as well. We are reliant on virtual meetings more than ever and many have started their own businesses from home too.
Whether you’ve got the entire room for it, a cosy corner or just a built in desk, a dedicated work space should be one that inspires you to get down to business.
Aesthetics aside, designing your home office to inspire you is actually something powerful. It is aimed to motivate one’s productivity level and reduce household distractions so you can get real, actual work done.
I’ve gathered some simple tips to decorate your own productive work space at home that you will certainly love.
FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS
To create the home office that is suitable for you, it has to work for you. List down your business activities and needs. Not everyone requires the same thing. And not all businesses can make do with a small table.
This way, you’ll be able to list down the framework of your office and get the things you absolutely need in your home office.
Here are some possible questions to guide you.
- Do you really need a large table (workspace)?
- Are you able to digitise your files or would you need a cupboard?
- If so, how many files are we talking about?
It is also important to keep your home office neat and void of clutters. Also, if you really need your files with you in the same space. A proper filing system goes a long way to maintaining a clean office.
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THE SECRET IS GREEN & LIVING
Bringing in a little green plant adds an element of freshness and life to your home office. Not to mention, it looks real pretty too.
There is nothing too feminine about having an adorable potted plant! Our green friends are known for its calming effects and the small ones are easy to maintain. Size matters. Choose a couple of small sized pots for your desk. You want to decorate just a little, without making your desk looking too cluttered.
Some indoor plants are easy to care for, which makes it really possible for anyone. But if you do have a bad rate of green plants dying in your hands, maybe you can consider the artificial ones. They are still greens and some faux greens look super real, no one can tell. And hey, these will stay alive forever.
Anyway, when there are greens, there are natural sunlight. Getting some natural lights in your space will let your space feel bigger and breathable. Those fresh lights penetrating in could help you function better as well.
There is something enticing about the leafy shapes. It gives a light, breezy feeling that would make you feel at peace even as you work. Go the extra mile, try having a lead-patterned wallpaper on one of your office walls. Neither green, not living but still a splash of freshness.
Unlike your living room, your home office is the place where you can have stronger design choices to make it absolutely yours.
Creativity space lies in the color chosen. If the clean white concept might bore you to sleep during work, why not splash it with a bold hue to pop some excitement? The idea is a combination color that speaks to you most. That’s when you have successfully combined functionality and aesthetic appeal into one.
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Work with accent walls or statement items such as frames, shelves, chair or rug that will stand out the moment anyone walks in your home office. We’ll talk more about rugs in just a while.
Go bold or go home. (You are at home technically, but you get it.)
A TOUCH OF CLASS
Stay close within modernism, with a dash of vintage. Rather than turning your office into a total rustic 80s (you can if you want, and if it still complements with the rest of your home), mix it up just a bit to have that feel.
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If you have a thing for vintage and antiques, display them proudly in one area of your room. A vintage gallery wall works great as well!
Grouping them together in a single area instead of spreading them around makes it neat. Include a glass cabinet to store your smaller artifacts together if there is enough space for one.
Period-style furniture is absolute beauty and screams ‘class’ instantly. Pour some whiskey and play some classic songs during your break. Amazing vibes.
I found this oak colored world map extremely fascinating, a joy to look and one timeless piece of vintage art. You can get this design at Enjoy The Wood. Stay classy.
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Rugs remain an instrumental piece of decoration throughout the years, which explains why the rug industry is worth more than $100 billion USD.
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Visually appealing, check.
Layering your room with texture, check.
Adds warmth to the room, oh yes.
The right patterned and quality rug can harmonise the design of your home office with added level of comfort and appeal. Can your rug make a statement? You bet it can. At Rugsource Inc, you can get a wide variety of good rugs from hand-tufted, modern and antique.
There’s a science behind the fact that rugs are sound absorbers. The materials in a rug like the fibers and tufts help to absorb these sounds. Not extensively, of course, but it can definitely reduce airborne and surface noises. Example, when things dropped onto the floor.
If you feel your home office is echoey, throw in a medium sized rug and you will be able to hear some difference.
BRINGING SEXY BLACK
Luxurious, sexy and sleek. Those are adjectives I’d describe the color black in interior designing if you match the color black to brass accents. Once again, it is important to keep up with the design of your overall home shade, tread lightly on this idea if you are planning to go all black.
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A lighter way to introduce black to your room is going for a monochrome theme. Then slowly add in tinges of black, wine or woody colored items around. They blend so well together and that makes black such a gorgeous, timeless color.
The mood of darker tones introduces both a playful person and serious personality. Who said you can’t have a sexy home office?
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The sexiness in black naturally comes out when you manage to match the right items that goes into your home office. Fancy something like the above picture? Try these sites and match your own and you’ll know what I mean.
Ceiling lights: RIVERBEND HOME
Large Wall Art: DECORZEE
Printed Rug: RUGSOURCE INC
Can you still have a productive home office in a smaller home? Definitely. Your main objective is optimising what you have.
To avoid feeling boxed in, opt for a space that has a view to look forward to – most preferably against a window. If this work desk of yours is in your bedroom, make sure it’s dedicated solely for work. Avoid putting anything else unrelated. It helps your mind, psychologically.
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A particular corner in a living room helps too, combined with the use of the rug to ‘divide’ the space. I especially love space saving furniture, like this drop down front desk, which can easily be put up when not in use.
It will be good to opt for the open wall shelvings to organise your things neatly without taking up too much square foot in your limited space.
FREEDOM IN MINIMALISM
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Is an interior designing article ever complete without mentioning the minimalist style?Maybe it might look bare, but you can’t deny the tidiness help to accentuate the lines and colours in the room more.
The lesser your colour palette, the more it grants your space cleanliness (and spaciousness) and that results in more air for freedom of creativity. You can easily match with any simple furniture for your home office.
Because the minimalist theme strongly motivates one to keep the space clutter-free, you tend to really focus on the exact things you need for work and nothing else.
Creative play in the minimalist theme is the intricate attention to detail in the tone and textures of all the materials, big and small, around the room.
Are you excited enough to get up each morning to head into your home office and do some work?
Any chair and table at home is reasonably enough but a well designed home office (or work space) can inspire you to get in the zone better without getting distracted by home activities and the dangers of lazing on the couch or bed (Guilty of that, sometimes).
Everyone needs that space for work, so take some time to design one to potentially improve your productivity level.
**Last edited on: 28th December 2020.
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