What you need to create the perfect home office
Are you one of the lucky ones that are currently working from home? Plenty of us are now that technology has improved. It’s no longer necessary to trudge into a soulless office when you can work from practically anywhere.
Of course, it’s fun to spend the occasional day working from the comfort of the sofa or sitting in the garden. But on a day-to-day basis, working from home does require a proper workspace. And if you’re busy wondering how to set up the perfect home office, you may find these suggestions useful.
Getting the basics sorted
What are the basics of a good home office? Well, there’s the practical side of things — good internet connection, well-situated plug sockets and large windows to let the light flood in. But there are other aspects to consider too. You may have lots of warmth during the summer months, but what about keeping yourself warm during the colder months? Have you got effective, controllable heating in place? And is it going to be draughty while you work? Plugging annoying gaps in floorboards, around windows or underneath the skirting could be the answer.
Of course, these basic requirements are going to need some DIY or expert skills to get right. Your prospective home office could require window replacement or electrical work by specialists. Or a bit of DIY work, such as learning how to fit skirting boards or seal gaps between floorboards. Make a to-do list, work out a budget and get it all completed before you move on to decorating.
Choosing the right décor
You may find decorating fun, or you may see it as just another dreaded task to do. So, it’ll be up to you whether you do it yourself or call on a decorator. Either way, you’ll need to decide what décor will work well in your home office.
Firstly, it must fit in with your tastes. There’s no point sitting in a room you hate the look of. Although, keeping to calming shades or pastels, will suit most people. Coastal, minimalist and Scandi styles work well, thanks to their fresh, light tones. However, you may be looking for a more homely interior with a cottage or country-inspired look. If you want to add some colour to the walls for a cosier feel, you could simply paint the bottom half of the wall in your preferred colour and keep the top half white.
Natural floorings such as warm or whitewashed wood, and wool or sisal carpets, will add to the calming mood. These fit in well with both traditional and modern interiors such as Scandi and cottage core trends.
Finding the perfect furnishings
No home office would be complete without a few well-chosen furnishings. And desks that combine style, ergonomics and some simple storage usually fit the bill. Especially if you’re trying to save space. Desks with hidden compartments are great for keeping an uncluttered look. And desks with surfaces that slide out, are great for those short of space.
If you’re hoping to create a space that’s truly calming and homely, then some good leafy green plants and one or two inspirational artworks will top it off nicely.