Functional beautiful home office considerations
… when a work space really works, you’ll want longer office hours…
Having a dedicated work space in your home doesn’t have to mean business when it comes to how it looks and feels. There are many ways that you can create a home office or study that is as welcoming and enjoyable as the rest of your home. If you love to spend time there, work will feel a little less like work.
Creating a dedicated work space in your home is a great way to keep organized and reduce stress in other parts of the house. A space you enjoy being in while taking care of paper work; whether for business, paying the bills, or for children to share in doing their homework; means keeping on top of these activities is easier than if it was spread throughout the house.
You will find some space to have a designated home office area, no matter the size of your home. The needs of such a space will vary depending on who in your home will be using the space, and what for?
If you have a family who will need to share the home office, a room with a door that closes would be optimal. If you have a smaller home, or only a single user, a space can be created in a corner, a nook, or even an underutilized closet can be re-purposed. If you can’t sequester it to a room, installing some kind of divide will mimic the feeling of ‘extra room’ and give the impression of ‘more space’.
Really take into account what you will do in the space. Compartmentalization of these spaces reduces clutter and gives your home a less stressful feel. Everything will be located where it is needed; removing paperwork from areas like the dining room table. You will be more focused when you sit down to get to work. Have dedicated storage and placement for all elements. Whether the space is for business, home bills and messages management, or creativity; filing, storage and cable management will keep the space pleasing to the eye and calming to the brain.
A home office needs to be a place where you can work comfortably, yet still be productive. Whether you have a full room or a divided space, having adequate organized storage is the key. Open shelving for easy access to regularly used items, a filing system for paperwork and enough surface area to spread your work out on.
Lighting is very important to a work space; natural light is best. If natural light is not achievable be sure to consult a lighting expert for advice to get the best kind of light for you to work under. Good lighting makes all the difference to your comfort and productivity.
Another ideal element to a home study is custom cabinetry designed and built to the space you have. Custom cabinetry extends past kitchen cupboards and bath vanities and has a solution for every kind of storage. A designer can show you how you can use every bit of space to optimize your organization; filing drawers, cabinet dividers, built in shelving for books and display, even desks. Consider how much surface space you need and see about having something custom built. If your kids will use the space for homework assignments, creating their own desk to work alongside you could inspire good work.
Whatever space you have, make it yours as you would any other room in your home. Treating your office like a living room by adding decor elements like a cozy rug, decorative desk lamp, even a throw blanket for your desk chair will make the space inviting, even when attending to the tasks that aren’t your favourite. Adding the personal touches of photographs, inspirational art, and comfortable finishes and furniture for longer days make it a ‘happy place’ to be. Create a place to sit and read, aside from work, you may make it so inviting you retreat here to enjoy quiet mornings and evenings as well. A fireplace would be the extra special added touch, if you have the room, to calm the stress of work away and make the space a desired one to be in.