If you work from home, it’s important to have a stylish, inspirational haven to boost your productivity. If you struggle when it comes to creativity, or you’re not sure where to begin, look no further. Here are some style tips to help you create the perfect home office.
Select your base carefully
Before you start planning colours and themes, select a base for your new office. Are you turning a spare bedroom into a study? Are you converting the attic or creating a work area in your kitchen? When you’re planning your office, think carefully about where you are going to work. Will you be able to concentrate in a room next to the kitchen or playroom? Is it quiet enough? Will you have enough space? Generally speaking, it’s best to choose a tranquil spot, which is separated from the main living areas.
Do you intend to see clients at home? Or do you have a business, which involves hosting meeting frequently? If so, it’s wise to choose a space, which is easily accessible. You don’t want to be guiding potential clients through every room in the house.
Use your passions and interests to give you inspiration
When you’re planning your design, think about your passions and interests. What kind of line of work are you in? If you’re a writer, an artist or a dressmaker, you may want to focus on creativity and inspiration. If you’re a business person, or you work in sales, go for something smart and sophisticated. Check out sites like MillionDollarMakeovers.net.au for ideas.
Channel your hobbies and loves in the decoration. Hang masterpieces on the wall or drape materials in a studio. Just because you’re working, doesn’t mean that the decor needs to be boring. You’ll find some fantastic suggestions at http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/interiors-entertaining/advice/g3894/stylish-home-offices/.
Many people find that personal touches give them inspiration. Add photographs or personalised pictures to brighten up the walls or make your desk look more appealing.
You could design the most beautiful room in the world, but if it doesn't deliver on the practical side, it won’t work as a home office. When you’re using a room for a certain purpose, it has to meet criteria. Use your head and your heart when thinking about the layout and design. Choose furniture that works visually, but also offers comfort. There’s no point in splashing out on a funky neon chair if it’s going to give you back ache at the end of the day. Think about where your power points and wireless router are located. You may need to invest in a wireless booster if the signal is poor.
If you work from home, it’s essential to have a functional, inspiring base. If your current study is drab or you’re working from the kitchen table, these ideas will help you to create a perfect office. In the right setting, you’ll find that you’re more productive and that your working day is more enjoyable.
Don't forget to pay attention to your desk as well, see how I style mine here.
Stay safe, x
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