Whether you’re one of the growing number of people working from home, you want a bit of space for creative projects or just need an area for admin, you’ll probably have some kind of office area at home.
We spend most of our lives at our desks, so starting with the approach that your office can be the best part of your home and you can’t go wrong. Rather than fold-up chairs or shelves full of files, why not customize your space with bright furniture, wall art and fun storage?
Here are four ideas for how to make your home office a bit more inspiring, based around four quite different themes.
A white and natural office
Work time can easily turn into stress time if you’re not paying attention (or maybe if you’re paying attention too much – we can’t decide which!). If you find yourself often pulling your hair out over emails or Skype meetings, a soothing, uncluttered approach to decor might just be the answer.
Our tip? Try an all-white look, complemented with neutral and grounding tones of pale wood and natural artifacts. A white wall, desk and chair can give the subconscious appeal of a clean slate and a fresh, unencumbered space for you to start work every day.
Natural accessories add a bit of personality, and when the backdrop is so plain, it’s easy to make work. Small wooden features like desk lamps or accessories (have you seen the Lovebirds by Bojesen?!) mixed with elements of clear glass or even copper -like these baskets– are an elegant route to calm.
The pastel look
The pastel trend sure isn’t going anywhere, and we think it works especially well in an office area. Sometimes, you just want a space to feel fun and whimsical, and we think this is where a splash of pink, pale yellow or turquoise, jolted to life with copper or gold, can really come into its own.
If your work space is part of another room, you can make it feel distinct by ‘zoning’ out the area and painting the wall a different colour – this looks great with pinks or blues.
Other ideas for quick updates? A pastel clock, or a piece of wall art also looks fantastic in a pastel frame or, if it’s a cut-out, stuck to the wall with pastel washi tape – this can be used on the edges of shelves too to make them feel a bit more unique.
A colourful home office
Maybe you’re the type of person that needs bright colours to spark off their imagination and get them fired up for a day at work. If so, a colourful office might be the one for you.
A simple office with a colourful chair is a trend we’re seeing a lot – the brighter, the better. Think of acid yellows or greens against wooden or painted floors. Apart from looking pretty, there’s definitely a small boost in sitting down to business in a special, mood-enhancing coloured chair each day. There are plenty of options out there: pink, pastel blue, yellow… You only need to find the one that suits your personality!
It’s easy to continue the theme with small accessories like lighting pendants, funky lamps and rugs – things that can update an existing or drab home office space and make it feel separate to the rest of the home.
The eclectic look
Another big trend are home offices with picture walls and a ‘collage’ feel to them; plenty of little images, inspirational quotes, photos of family and friends and motivational pics.
The eclectic look doesn’t have to stop there, though. If you’re the type of worker who thrives on stimulus, make things feel lived in with vintage-style crates and a retro chair –Eames style or French School Style, some vintage-style dark wood pieces and little bursts of colour in the form of a swivel chair or pendant. Add a magazine rack for your afternoon break or to keep materials in, a big clock to keep your eyes on the time and if you have a lot of equipment, a stool – what about a Hairpin stool to be used as a side table?-. The latter makes a handy under-desk piece that you can pull out and use as extra surface space.
This is the kind of look you can build up piece by piece over time – in fact, you might find your home office is the perfect place to display all those random souvenirs, knick knacks and vintage finds you pick up over the years, and what better place to keep you inspired for that next big project?
As you can see, making your home office the best room in the house is easy if you know how to mix and match the pieces. You have no excuse: you’ll love spending time in your office!