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Create an Amazing Home Office
On the one hand, you need your home office to be free from distractions but provide stimulation and comfort so that you can produce great work. With the potential to spend many hours in your office, you need to be both practical in how you design it but there is no reason to stay away from the small details that makes it a delightful, but productive space.
Size in NOT important
Contrary to what you may think, a large home office is not necessarily the utopia of home working. But bespoke storage solutions, coupled with a pleasant colours scheme and detail is.
From an under-the-stairs cubby hole to a corner in the kitchen diner, to a bespoke shed in the garden to the box room, there are many locations that are just right for your home office.
If you do decide to have it in a space that is communal or ‘public’, by maintaining cohesion between the main furniture and that of the rest of the room, it is less noticeable. This doesn’t mean compromising on style either.
Top tip - Consider a modern style to the home office, with coloured finishes to fitted office furniture. This style, although termed ‘modern’ has a longevity to it that outlasts most others.
Luxury and Work Do Go Together
We often think of work stations as utilitarian – unwavering in practicality and functionality – and yet, these kinds of work spaces can be devoid of the character that we need is a space o this ilk.
So what luxuries could you add?
- A sheepskin rug on your office chair in for when the weather turns a little chilly or place it under your feet for luxury between the toes.
- An office chair that is still beautifully ergonomically designed but, well, looks nothing like an office chair; consider a fabric upholstered chair rather than plain leather.
- An open plan display unit is great for books but consider adding a well-chosen sculptural accessory or two.
Colour is a big part of any room. It can stimulate as it can stagnate our creative thoughts, so choose with care.
This does not mean, however, than the only option is a neutral colour palette, a blank canvas against which you are not distracted. Frankly, it can be boring so don’t be afraid to add wall colour to your home office.
Top tip – using statement wallpaper to create an interesting and detailed backdrop is a relatively inexpensive way of adding pleasant but not overpowering detail to a home office.
Create an Amazing Home Office That Works for YOU
The important thing to remember in all this fancy wallpaper and open shelves is that it is YOUR work space – and no one else’s. A bit like the debate of whether listening to music helps you study and revise or not, whether you have a blank canvas and a ropey old office chair, or a modern, sleek, fitted home office is immaterial if it doesn’t create the space you need to work.
What are your ideas for making your home office amazing?