Work­ing from home is be­com­ing more and more pop­u­lar – and it doesn’t have to be all work and no play.

Homes+ (Australia) - - INSPIRING CHOICES - Kar­lie Verk­erk Fea­tures Writer and Sube­d­i­tor, Real Liv­ing

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.

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