HOW TO CREATE THE PERFECT HOME OFFICE
Did you know that your home office design affects not only your mood, but also your efficiency and productivity as well? Luckily, the perfect home office is a breeze with BoConcept’s inspirational guide that will help you set-up your ideal working space. Once your new office is ready, you won’t know how you ever worked anywhere else!
A properly measured room will not only ensure that all the furniture fits, but it can also lead to better flow, maximum function, and a more professional look. Remember: No matter how amazingly stylish a piece of furniture is—or accessory for that matter—if it doesn’t fit, it will look out of place and detract from the overall design.
Office spaces often fall victim to a cold and sterile look, thanks to colour choices, an abundance of electrical equipment and impersonal decor. Make sure your home office doesn’t follow suit by choosing materials that have a warmer aesthetic. An easy way to cultivate a cosier vibe is by choosing furniture in natural materials, like wood and leather. Prefer metal or glass? Their easy-clean surfaces are fantastic but consider offsetting the more manufactured look with a couple of wood accent pieces or a few potted plants.
Your comfort and health should be high priority when it comes to designing your home office. Ergonomic home office furniture will help you enjoy your new space that much more, while simultaneously protecting your health. What does this mean? Choosing a desk and home office chairs that are the right height, encourage the correct posture, and keep your body in proper alignment. Often these pieces will be clearly labelled
THE PERFECT HOME OFFICE DESK
While it can be overwhelming to realize how many home office desks are on the market, once you understand what you are looking for, finding the right one will be a piece of cake. You should consider not just if the desk fits into your office, but also if it provides enough space to put everything you need and comfortably work on projects. Once you’ve determined what space you need, think about what other features you would benefit from. Maybe you want a minimal and organised office? Cord management is a must. Short on space? A wall mountable desk might be just what the design doctor ordered.
This home office desk is a minimal and space-conscious option with a whole lot of flair. Unlike many writing desks that offer little to no storage, The Cupertino desk- top is equipped with multiple storage compartments to help keep you organised.
The perfect desk means nothing without the perfect office chair. Look for a home office chair with a design that you love, but make sure it is a comfortable height for your desk. Bonus points if it’s ergonomic!
Your home office should feel like part of your home since it is an extension of your personal style, but you also want it to be a place with minimal distractions. Luckily, there are multiple easy ways to tune out that pile of dishes or blaring TV and get you the privacy that you and your workflow need. Curtains can be great to prevent outside distractions from windows, but spaces that aren’t naturally separated can benefit from a few flowy panels as well. It’s a simple solution that comes in an unlimited number of colours and styles. Folding room dividers are easily movable separations that can offer privacy, versatility, style and be tucked away if need be. Great for home offices directly in the flow of home life.
FIND THE RIGHT LIGHT
Not only should you have adequate lighting to ward off eye strain, but multiple light sources are also a great idea. Invest in a good desk lamp or task lamp as secondary lighting. Studies show that these can help you focus on the project at hand, plus adjustable lamps are ideal for directing light to where it is needed. Pro Tip: Natural light has been shown to boost productivity, so open those curtains! For those moments when nature’s rays aren’t available you can also buy light bulbs that give off a similar glow.
CREATIVE STORAGE SOLUTIONS
Organisation is critical to creating the perfect home office. By keeping your office organised and free of clutter you increase your efficiency and reap the style benefits to boot. Desks with drawers and filing cabinets are fantastic organisation tools, but there are other stylish and creative storage solutions that you might want to consider.
While most people typically only use a chest of drawers in the bedroom, they are missing out on the storage capacity and style that a dresser can bring to a home office. They offer tons of drawers, tabletop space and are available in an array of styles.
Add a few stylish boxes or baskets to shelving or a multi-level console table. Not only is this option highly colour and style customizable, but smaller bins are perfect to tote directly to your desk when needed.
Don’t forget about wall space. Think beyond just hanging photos and art and go for a large chalk board for brainstorming, a mountable schedule, or even a big bulletin board to keep paper clutter off your desk.
The colour that you paint your home office will help determine the vibe of the room, but did you know that it can also make you more creative and productive? Blues, greens, and yellows happen to be powerhouses when it comes to encouraging these positive effects. Love neutrals? Try a light grey or white—they are highly versatile shades that have a very fresh feel. You don’t need to stick to any specific shade. If pink makes you feel ultra-confident or purple makes you feel energetic, go for it! Remember: While trends are fun and advice is great, you ultimately know what is best for you and your home office.
A big benefit of a home office is that you can style it any way you please. No one can tell you that you can’t have that plant because of allergies or that you have too many personal photographs. The space is yours and yours only! Go ahead and accessorize with funky patterns that energize you, that flea market find that you love, or a few mementos from your travels. Your office should be an extension of your personal style with the goal being to create a space that you enjoy being in.
Decisions can be tough, but your home design project doesn’t have to be. Book a no-obligation chat or video call discussion with a BoConcept Interior Designers and get your projects underway.
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