A stylish and conducive work space is important, especially when it comes to working from home. Your work space can often determine how productive and creative you are, and it sets the mood when it comes to working.
Designing your own home office or study? Below are some basic tips to keep in mind, no matter the size!
- Ensure there is adequate storage space for papers, files, and stationery.
- Use vertical storage in a small space.
- Clutter should be minimised with boxes and shelving.
- Colours chosen should be able to encourage productivity.
- Bright combinations such as bold reds and blues can be distracting.
- Some personalisation, such as artwork or knick knacks, can add a bit of fun to the space.
- Get an ergonomic chair.
Now that you know the tricks to creating a conducive and cozy home office, scroll through the gallery for some inspiration!
Soften the natural light streaming in from floor-to-ceiling windows with wooden accents for a classy space.
No room for a study? Corridor space can double up as seating area. You just need a small alcove for a desk and slim shelves.
Rows of shelving keep your desk free of clutter. “Chalkboard” walls are great for creative types, and their children can doodle in the area under the desk.
If warm rooms are your thing, utilise cove lights, parquet flooring and wall textures such as stone. Switch out the colour of your throw rug to change up the mood occasionally.
Great for a first-floor children’s study: Replicate the feel of a cabana with ochre ceilings and a faux “coconut” lining. See those shelves on the left? They’re made of repainted crates.
No reason a chronic postcard and poster collector shouldn’t air the collection. Best done on a light-coloured wall with dark colour-ed frames, and do vary frame sizes.
If you’re in a temporary office or home, all you need is a splotch of paint to delineate a workspace – go over trunking or pipes if need be. (It doesn’t have to be pink.)
If starved for space, a simple tiered workstation with enough space for a laptop will suffice. Be sure to place it perpendicular to windows, or you’ll get annoying screen glare.
Keep walls reserved in colours. Remember to purchase surfaces and chairs that allow you to keep good posture.
By Liao Xiangjun; This story was first published in Home&Decor, July 2017.
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