Working from home is becoming more and more popular – and it doesn’t have to be all work and no play.
A stylish and practical office space will make working or studying a much more pleasurable task and will help to increase productivity, too. To create a home office that is both welcoming and well organised, you need to choose a space that is appropriate. It doesn’t have to accommodate an entire room; if you’re tight on space you can incorporate one seamlessly into an existing room or unused nook, such as a bare wall in a bedroom, a sunroom or even an empty space under the stairs or in the living area. Just make sure you take into consideration the amount of natural light and airflow the space receives – the more light and fresh air, the better you will feel when you’re working. Indoor plants will also help breathe life into the space providing a burst of fresh greenery. Another important consideration is privacy. If you will be making important phone calls, then situate your office somewhere away from noise and distractions. Acoustics will also impact the way you work. For flooring, luxury vinyl and carpet will absorb more sound than hard floors such as timber or tiles, but if you prefer hard floors simply lay down an area rug. In a home office, organisation is key to maintaining a good working environment. Create order and keep clutter at bay with practical storage solutions, such as a desk with ample drawers, lidded boxes, wall-mounted shelves, magazine holders and vessels for stationery. You can also include a pinboard to display inspirational pictures and important reminders. If the room or nook for your home office is an awkward shape, have furniture custom-made to maximise the available space. To counteract the practical elements in your office, decorate with items that reflect your personal style – a beautiful artwork, patterned rug or eye-catching pendant light or lamp will instantly add interest to the space. But don’t forget about a chair – it must be comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. For the colour palette, keep tones calm and balanced to create an atmosphere conducive to work. A base of neutrals can be easily accessorised with subtle hints of colour and pattern in the accessories and stationery to create a pleasant and inspiring working environment without it being too overwhelming, then simply change-up the look when you need a burst of inspiration.