Creating the Perfect Home Office
More and more we are finding we’re in need of an office at home, whether we are working from home or just need a place to store all our household paper work. You’ll be surprised how an office can fit into the most unlikely of spaces – under the stairs, a widow alcove, a hallway, or a cupboard.
Even the simplest of home offices can benefit from integrating the following 5 elements, making sure it’s a place you’ll want to spend time in.
1. Creating the right environment for you
Making a work space at home gives you the perfect opportunity to design and style to suit your own personality. You may need a clear, clutter-free minimalist space or one that encourages inspiration with notice and mood boards and surrounded by things you love.
If peace and quiet is important to you, if at all possible, locate the home office away from the main activities of the house such as the kitchen, TV room, playroom, any space where there is likely to be lots of noise. This will allow you to work undisturbed whilst allowing the rest of the household to carry on as normal. You’ll also be able to close the door at the end of the day, helping you to make that mental ‘end of working day’ transition.
2. Personalise your space with colour
Create a colour scheme that suits your personality and your needs. You may find you need to have clarity and focus, or be creative. Or perhaps you need some extra motivation to get that paperwork completed quickly.
Here are some quick tips on colours you could use and the positive feelings they can invoke:
Red – energy and motivation
Dark Blue – focused thinking, concentration
Light Blue – creativity
Turquoise – communication, self expression
Yellow – optimism, happiness
Orange – fun, sociable and joyful
Green – calming balance
Interior Designer Annie Doherty cleverly created her office in an otherwise unused hallway. Her choice of white and a green accent was to allow the colours to visually flow from the living area. Annie also likes to swap out her coloured accessories when she feels like a change.
3. Pole position
The best location for your desk is near a large window, giving you the benefits of natural light, fresh air and a view. Other than getting up at regular intervals to stretch your body, it’s just as important your eyes are regularly ‘stretched’ by looking at a distance point. If you can, place your monitor/laptop at least 25 inches from your eyes, preferably more.
4. Sitting Comfortably
How often do we find ourselves sitting at our desk only to find the hours have flown by? If you make one investment, make it your chair. One that is right for your height and weight, supports your lower back behind the pelvis and encourages upright posture. Ideally you’ll want it to be adjustable in height, the tilting angle and the arms which can go up and down to ensure elbows are in the correct position.
Good practical storage is key to having a well organised work space. Where there’s a place for everything and it’s all easily accessible. Make it as creative as you like especially if your storage is out on display, such as glass jars, wicker boxes, or folders covered in your colour scheme.
I hope this article has inspired you to create your own personalised home office. Where do you think you could create yours? Remember, they can spring out of the most unlikely of places!
Lots of Love,
Karen specialises in holistic interior design & colour psychology.