Working from home seems great for the first few days, you are all motivated, sitting comfortably in your pajamas, and drinking hot tea. Then you get lazy, the lack of motivation strikes, there is no work routine and discipline, and you are starting to struggle. Perhaps you need to take another coffee or try something else?
Many people neglect the power of interior design and decor, but traditional Chinese practice called Feng Shui knows well how important it is. Not only that, if you give a bit of TLC to your office, it will look better, but you will also feel better while working there and be more productive.
When working from home, you are combining your living and working space under one roof. A home office should be a room where you are feeling comfortable, but not too comfortable because otherwise, you are not going to do much. It should be tidy, neat, so you can feel good and actually want to spend your time there.
Tips for Home Office Improvement
Do we assume you already have essentials like a work desk, chair, and lamp? Great, then we can start building something upon that. Make sure you invest in a comfortable chair if you plan to spend hours in it, otherwise, you risk backaches. Also, keep your computer screen in your sightline, because you can get neck pain. Now back to the decor.
Stay Organized Without Over-Organizing
As long as your work area looks neat, it is going to look professional and beautiful. You do not have to organize it as a typical office in a company. How is the rest of your home organized? Do not buy pen cups if you only use one. You do not have to create that stereotypical work environment. Do not buy all the desk organizers and shelves if you do not have anything to put in them. It’s your home office, and it does not have to be sterile and boring.
Small Office Big Ideas
If your working corner is literally a small corner, that is ok too. Rely on the height of the walls to arrange shelves and decorations. If you can add a large mirror, that will create an illusion that the room is bigger. Also chose bright and pale colors, nude tones, it will open up space, while darker shades could make it look even smaller than it already is. Do not go over the top with details and stationery.
Enough With the Cables
We all need a computer, printer, phone charger, and a scanner in our work area, but nobody likes to see the cords. Cords are everywhere, and if you have a few devices in a small space, you cannot avoid them. The worst thing is that no matter how tidy your space is, it is going to look messy if there is at least one visible cord going across the room or is tangled with the rest. Try to make a system and arrange them neatly, cover them with a cute box, or place your desk in front of the power source.
Let the Light Brighten Your Day
Usually, offices have that really cold white artificial lighting, that does not even look pretty. We recommend relying on natural lighting as much as possible during the day and placing your desk close to the window. Since it’s your office – your rules, you can opt for custom lighting and arrange it the way you need it. You can even hang Edison bulbs, or put a motivating lighting sign on the wall; it is up to you.
Another advantage of the home office is that you do not have to wear suits, fancy shirts, and uncomfortable shoes all day. You can be in your pajamas if you want, wearing slippers, wrapped up in a blanket, etc. But make sure that if it is a conference video call, you have the right shirt on, not your fluffy PJs.
Feels Like Home
A home office is still a part of your home, so you can use the same wallpapers or color scheme. Use colorful curtains, add some family photographs, plants, a plush rug, etc. Make yourself feel at home, but keep in mind that when you are in your office mode, work should be your priority.
Working From Home, a Blessing, or a Curse?
Probably many people who have a home office and spend a lot of time working from home often ask themselves this question. Some people need to be isolated and work in silence and under their own terms. Others do not have a problem if there are ten other people in the room, minding their own business and working. It is up to your personal preference, keep in mind that the home office is a good combination of both worlds, just try keeping the balance.
Pamela Lezama is an interior designer. Her skills and passion enable her to help people in making their dream house into a reality. She’s writing tips on home decor that are sure to add style to everyone’s home and refresh their space.