You spend a large percentage of your day at work, so you deserve to have a space you enjoy spending time in. If you work from home, you have more control over how the design of your workspace.
The design of a home office requires careful consideration. People working from home generally have space restrictions and a budget limit to work with. Designing an office that is practical and comfortable is not easy.
With that in mind, we thought we’d showcase our expertise and furnish you with some handy pointers around office furniture, design and decor.
The building blocks of a home office is the furniture. Your chair has to be comfortable, your desk has to be functional and clever storage solutions should create more space and less clutter.
When it comes to office furniture, you need to focus on function over style. Health, safety and your general well-being are more important than how pleasing the aesthetics of your office are.
Ergonomically designed products dramatically improve your day-to-day comfort and reduce the long-term impact typically associated with sedentary jobs.
Foot rests and ergonomic mouse mats that provide support for your joints will also apply less stress to your body and enhance your comfort.
Professional designers, Office Principles say the interior design of your office can elevate productivity, boost business efficiency and increase overall profitability.
The key to designing a home office that promotes efficiency is to invest in storage that makes best use of the space and keeps the room tidy. If you are stepping around things or have files and other clutter piling up on the floor, it can have a psychological impact on your performance.
Install corner furniture and tall storage facilities to take advantage of space that would otherwise be wasted. Building up rather than outwards gives you more space and makes the room look bigger.
Colour psychology is actually a thing. Scientists have found that we have emotional responses to different shades and the decor of a room can impact your mental and physical energy levels.
The paint and accessories you choose for your office should ideally be a blend of colours you feel inspire and invigorate you. Bright colours such as orange, yellow and red are known for boosting energy.
On the flip side, light blue, violets and greens are considered relaxing colours and, whilst they are ideal for de-stressing, they are probably not the best shades to help pump you with motivation.
Home workers typically work flexible hours. It’s one of the perks. Working after natural daylight has expired for the day requires sensible lighting that you can work with and enhances the ambience of the room.
Staring at computers and paperwork in poor lighting can negatively affect your eyes, and overhead lights typically cast shadows across your paper work. A high-quality task light is an ideal solution.
Effective lighting brings the quality of your decor to life as well. If lighting levels are too low, it can have negative effects on your mental and emotional state.
However, you still want to avoid harsh lighting for your home office as this can make you feel tense. To encourage productivity, ambient lighting that mimics daylight is the better option.
In a nutshell, the ideal home office is a workspace that is customised to meet your professional and personal needs; health, efficiency and productivity.