Smart Tips on Designing a Stylish yet Functional Home Office

The improvements in information technologies and communication have enabled the existence of mobile workforce. Not only telecommuters, but also self-employed entrepreneurs, are working from home, and their number keeps on growing. Although the home-based office has some benefits, as the lack of commuting, we cannot help but wonder – can a room in our home provide us with the same stimulating environment as a company’s office would? The answer is no, at least not without some effort invested in designing the space. If you can focus on the main goal of the design – to make you more productive – while not losing sight the importance of creating a pleasant working environment, soon enough you will have an office any large company employee could envy you for.

Smart Tips on Designing a Stylish yet Functional Home Office

Let There Be Light

When choosing a room for your office, try to select the one with an abundance of natural light. Nothing can lead to poor productivity as being stuck in a windowless room for hours. Research done by Interdepartmental Neuroscience program at Northwestern University in Chicago suggests that there is a strong connection between workplace daylight exposure and office worker’s activity, sleep, and quality of life. So find a room with a big window and stick to it. As for the artificial light sources, make sure they are neither too vibrant, nor too weak. Use a desk lamp for task lighting.

Function over Form

One of the main reasons people decide to work from home is to avoid spending hours in a soulless cubicle, so do not try to turn your room into something similar with diy room decor. Instead, buy and arrange furniture according to your own needs and workflow. Maybe the desks in your former firm were never placed beside the window, but it if you find that more pleasant, you should make it so.

Optimizing the Space Usage

Optimizing the Space Usage

Ok, perhaps you were lucky enough to get the biggest room in the house, but it is more likely that you are stuck with the one that is not exactly swimming in square footage. In that case, you will have to make sure that space is used efficiently. Vertical storage is always a better space saver than horizontal. Hang floating shelves on the walls to store your papers and office equipment. Using file folders on the desk to arrange important documents will help it to look better organized. Other organizational items you should use are drawers, baskets, metal/wooden cube storage, and bookshelves.

Do Not Get Tangled Up

 

Do Not Get Tangled Up

The phone, printer and computer are overloading your office with a large number of cords, and soon enough you end up tangled up with them. Not to mention they are rather unsightly. There is no way, however, to rid your office of the necessary technology, but you can master it. Place your equipment close to plugs to make it easier to plug in and out and encase cords on the desk with a cord cover. As for the taming the cord jungle on the floor, you can use tubing, wire organizers, and cord winders.

Paint the Walls

Paint the Walls

The office-beige is not exactly the color that can get everyone’s motor humming. Paint the walls of your office in some color you love. If you are uncertain about the choice, you can always go for the shades that are proven to boost focus and productivity, such as calming blue, restful green and mellow yellow. Make sure you compliment the office walls with the furniture, though.

Get a Comfortable Chair

 

Get a Comfortable Chair

Working from home might inspire you to spend even more time sitting in front of your computer until you finish every task. However, did you know that sitting on an uncomfortable chair can cause back and neck pain and stiffness? To prevent that get a great ergonomically correct office chair. It can be a somewhat pricey investment, but it is worth every dime, because the right types of chairs will not only support your lower back and free you from pain, but it will also promote good posture.

Make the Space Homey

Make the Space Homey

An important part of the home office is home, so do not try to avoid implementing a homey feel into your office space. Enhance the comfy feeling by giving yourself a cozy foothold. We are, of course, referring to one or even several warm and chic floor rugs. Complement the rug with equally stylish curtains and decorate the space with some pleasant accessories. You can hang motivational posters, paintings or photographs on your wall, etc. You can even add one comfy chair with cushions if you like to take breaks sometimes.

Set Up a Mini Shrine

Set Up a Mini Shrine

Here is another thing that will contribute to enhancing the “home” part of your home office. Whatever motivates you to work harder and be happier should have its place in your office. Just make sure those items are not scattered around the entire room, but rather arrange them all in one corner which will remind you of how great life is. For instance, if what truly motivates you is an eventual travel to Rome, Paris, etc. then put photographs and motifs reminding you of these places. Everything else, ranging from houseplants to fish tank is an option.

Remember that your office is not an independent part of your house, so it should, ideally, reflect the décor and comfort of the rest of your home. Make sure you do not go to the other extreme, making the space too comfy to work in and too appealing for taking a nap. The key is in finding the middle ground.

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