WHETHER YOU WORK REMOTELY, FREELANCE, OR ARE LAUNCHING YOUR OWN BUSINESS, THERE ARE LOTS OF REASONS TO WORK FROM HOME. WHILE YOU MIGHT BE TEMPTED TO PULL UP A CHAIR, GRAB YOUR LAPTOP AND GET SOME WORK DONE FROM YOUR DINING ROOM TABLE, IT’S IMPORTANT TO DEDICATE SOME TIME AND EFFORT INTO FORMING A SPECIAL WORKSPACE OF YOUR OWN. TAKE A LOOK AT THESE SIMPLE TIPS ON HOW TO CREATE A BEAUTIFUL HOME OFFICE THAT YOU’LL LOVE TO WORK IN!
Get some inspiration
The first place to start with any home makeover is to gather some inspiration. Create a pinterest board, or moodboard of magazine clippings that show images of home office decor that catches your eye. Look for offices that you could imagine yourself working in, but remember to stay realistic – assess whether that look could be achieved in the space you have, or if you have the right budget to do so.
Choose your colour scheme
Colour plays a big part in decorating any room in the home, but the colours used in the office are particularly important. According to colour psychology experts, palettes of blue, yellow, green and red are the best for productivity and unleashing your creative side. If you’re not one for bright shades, consider adding a pop of colour to the space with a feature wall or coloured furniture for some subtle stimulation.
Think about lighting
Dim or harsh lighting can lead to headaches and even migraines, which means the right lighting is key in any work environment. Ideally, you should plan for your home office to be based in a room with windows that allow for lots of natural light, or alternatively look for a desk lamp that provides enough brightness for you to focus without any strain to your eyes.
Bring some finishing touches
Now that the main decor of the room has been created, it’s time to think about what accessories and final bits of furniture you should include to give it the perfect finishing touch. If you have wooden floors, add some colour and interesting detail with an extra large rug to cover the majority of your working area. Cushions, patterned curtains or blinds, and pieces of artwork are some other ways to bring some personality and a homely feel to your office. Take pride in choosing stylish, well-designed shelves, magazine racks and other pieces of stationery – and don’t forget to add some plant life for a fresher, happier and even more beautiful space!