Working from home can bring with it a wide range of added benefits when compared to a traditional office. But how can you create the perfect home office without either being too informal with décor, or being too rigid and conventional with it? Penketh Group take you through some ways to make a home office that feels welcoming.
The freedom to create a unique space
One of the best things about working from home is that you can have a little fun with your office. Essentially, you now have justification to create your dream workplace in the comfort of your own home.
One of the best ways you can do this while still ensuring the office actually feels like an office is to treat it like it’s a completely separate part of your house. While your home office is still a part of your house, you should think of it as a functionally separate space. Doing so can help you mentally reset during the day: relaxation stays in the home; work stays in the office.
That we treat it separately means you aren’t tied down to however the rest of your house is decorated, so you can really let your creative streak show. Is there a certain style of computer desk you really love, but it wouldn’t have fit in your home usually? Great! Use that desk as the cornerstone of your office’s décor and build around it. Maybe use a wholly contrasting colour to paint the walls in, just to drive home that separation even further.
Functionality and style in unique ways
The freedom to decorate however you like means that you can let much more of your unique personality roam free when designing the office. For example, what are your two biggest hobbies or interests? Let that show in how your office is decorated. Big fan of reading? Keep some classics on a shelf for when you need a couple minutes to unwind. Film fan? Put some posters up on the walls to add a touch of simple character to the room.
The important thing to remember at all times is that, in a home office, you aren’t tied down to some uniform image of a standard corporate office. You can stray away from the stereotypical of a cold, clinical, boring metal filing cabinet surrounded by blank grey walls.
For example, you could make more use of your walls by using floating shelves to serve as both storage space and a decorative addition. Are you a fan of aged wooden furniture? An oak or mahogany filing cabinet certainly adds a distinguished flair to the office. Combining vertical and horizontal space in this manner means that you can fit an effective home office in even the smallest of spaces.
By the end of the design process, you should find yourself with an office that looks and feels welcoming to work in, while also ensuring that you remain as productive as ever throughout any workday.