4 design tips for your home office - For those who haven’t had the opportunity to do so, working from home can seem like a dream. Pyjamas all day! Afternoon breaks to watch soap operas! For those who have done it for years, though, working from home is more than sweat pants and talk shows.
Working from home can make it difficult to separate one’s profession from his or her personal life. Designing it well, though, can make all the difference, and we’ve got some recommendations to make the most of your domestic work space.
Make it somewhere you like to be
Even when you love what you do for work, reporting to the office on Monday morning can be a bit of a drag.
The common drudgery of the work week can be easily remedied, though, if your home office is somewhere you like to be.
With the freedom to design and decorate your workspace as you please (read: without corporate oversight), fill it with things that bring you joy:
A painting of which you’re particularly fond, photos of loved ones, or a lamp that you like but doesn’t quite fit into the other rooms of the house.
Plus, when you enjoy being in your office, you’re less likely to fall into the work-from-home traps of daytime television programming and that pile of laundry that needs to get done.
Make it multi-functional
It’s true. Everyone – yes, everyone – is tempted to take a nap in the middle of the work day.
If you have the time and privacy or do so, be our guest, and design your home office to allow it!
A loveseat or daybed can not only make for an hour of afternoon shut-eye, but also, can make an office feel warm and welcoming (see above: somewhere you like to be).
A relaxed conversation spot for your next collaboration or daydream.
Make it self-expressive
When your home contains an entire family, it can be difficult to proclaim a space that’s strictly yours. After all, it’s that fact of life that led to the invention of the man cave.
Let your home office be your own. Do you want sea-green picture frames with matching sea-life trinkets to match? Decorate your home office with those. If no one else works in there, no one can complain about the theme.
Make it easy to stay organised
We don’t know about you, but even on our best days, it can be difficult to avoid haphazardly tossing our keys and jackets onto the first surface we find after a day’s work.
Design your office in a way that simplifies organisation, with built-in wall shelving and file cabinets.
Do you work from a home office? What are your tips and tricks for making the most of it? We want to hear from you!