Whether your home office is a designated space for running a business, the occasional telecommute, or simply a nook for paying bills and organizing your schedule, you deserve more than random castoff furniture stuffed into a spare corner. Why you ask? Because an office space that you want to spend time in can increase productivity, and make your office a more beautiful place to work. To begin, your work-space should feel different than your living space to help create a home/work separation. Here are 10 tips for creating a charming, practical work-space that works for you.
1. Location, location, location. You'll likely spend many hours in your home office; so don't stiff yourself on space. Also consider traffic flow and your ability to withstand distractions. Do you work best in the thick of activity, or should your office be tucked away in a quiet space? If clients will be stopping by, a private space with ample seating is a must.
2. Paint the walls a color you love. Forget "office beige": you need a color that gets your work motor humming. For some people, that's a bright, cheery color like orange or lime green. Others need a calming shade like botanical green or sea foam blue to perform.
3. Give yourself a view. Position the desk where you can stare at something more interesting than a blank wall (even if you do love the color) when you glance up from the computer. A window's natural light is ideal, but if you're in a windowless space, hang a pretty picture above the desk, or position your chair to face the door.
4. Let there be light. Here's a bright idea: make sure your office has plenty of light to cut down on eyestrain and headaches. Position the computer monitor so there's no glare from a window or overhead light, and put a small lamp on the desk for task lighting.
5. Bring the outside in. Adding a plant or fresh flowers into your home office will freshen up the space and boost your mood and even provide better oxygen flow!
6. Invest in a great chair. You spend hours parked in your office chair; a beautiful, ergonomically correct, comfortable seat is worth every dime.
7. Organization is key. Many home offices aren't swimming in square footage, so using space efficiently is imperative. Only the items you use daily should be out on your desk; keep the rest in filing drawers, baskets, and storage containers. Floating shelves are a great to keep the space feeling light but also providing a space to put to stack all of those bins and baskets.
8. Find beautiful desk accessories. Ordinary items like tape dispensers and pencil cups should be a joy to look at. Find ones you love that are also functional. Choose extras that enhance the comfy feeling of your home office, like a pretty mug for a pencil holder, trendy notepads and sticky notes, and a decorative wastebasket. Wrap your bulletin board in a gorgeous fabric, and hide utilitarian bookshelves behind curtains made from the same material. Hang inspirational prints on the walls, whether that's simply your kids' framed artwork or a classic painting.
9. Curate your bookshelf. Use your bookshelf to create beautiful vignettes, interspersing decorative objects, personal mementos, and other decor with your books.
10. Splurge on something you love. You’ll be spending a lot of time in your home office, so make it a place you love to be. Splurge on an item that boosts your work productivity and is also something you’ll cherish. If you love listening to music when working, treat yourself to a new speaker to upgrade the experience and make you excited to use. Or perhaps you want to invest in a desk, like the French Partners that is perfect for almost any space and is sure to withstand years of writing, drawing, bill paying, etc. This Furniture Classics desk is available now at Darby Road HOME!
Thank you for reading this edition of our blog. I hope you take these tips and create the work-space of your dreams!
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DRH Style Team