Decorating your home office

Decorating your home office

6th Jun, 2016

Working from home can be a positive move, allowing for greater independence and the freedom to work late at night or first thing in the morning, in pyjamas if you feel like it. More and more people are choosing to bite the bullet and go it alone. It’s important to have a dedicated office space in your home as sofa surfing with a laptop surrounded by the detritus of family life quickly becomes less of a pleasure and more of a chore. Here are our essential tips for setting up your home office:

Choose the right room

Ensure you have enough space as it’s likely you’ll be spending a lot of time at your desk. There is no sense in cramming yourself into a cupboard while the guest room goes largely unused. Think about possible distractions. What’s your personal working style, do you thrive in a busy environment or do you need calm and quiet in order to get down to business? If you are intending to invite clients over, they will expect to meet you in a private space with adequate seating. 

Paint it up

Paint the walls in an uplifting colour that will make you feel motivated and ready to work. Research has shown that people are more productive in blue rooms, while a pale green or lilac can give a calming effect.

Keep your focus on the functional 

Choose items that first and foremost meet your needs effectively. If your desk, shelves and storage units also look good that’s a bonus, but primarily they should be useful. Make your chair an investment piece. Something wonderfully comfortable and supportive will be well worth the money, bearing in mind how much time you will spend sitting in it. When shopping for the perfect desk chair, look for adjustable height, a reclining seat back, armrests, good depth of seat, proper wheels and adjustable lumbar support. 

A room with a view

Ensure there is something interesting to look at in your office. For instance, a great view out of the window to the garden or an interesting urban scene, or simply some inspirational pictures on the wall. It may be best not to situate your desk right in front of the view, or you could find yourself distracted and struggling to get your work done. 

Tidy desk, tidy mind

Have a clear desk policy (or as close as you can get to one). Store office equipment on shelves in reaching distance and designate a desk drawer for paperwork to be dealt with. Depending on the nature of your business, aim for a paper free office and manage your files electronically. Not only is this approach vastly more eco friendly, it will help you to keep organised. Shred paperwork once you have dealt with it, while taking care to archive anything that you may need to access in the future; again, this will depend on the kind of business you are running.

Find the light

Get plenty of light in the room to minimise eye strain and headaches. Position the computer monitor away from the window so it doesn’t reflect what’s going on outside. Fit a small angle lamp on the desk and use this instead of an overhead light to avoid glare. 

Tuck your cables away

Do not show your wires and cables. They’re an eyesore that need dealing with. Gather them together and secure with a bulldog clip or cable ties. Label the different cables using masking tape so you’re not at a loss if you need to unplug one of them. You can find items in homeware stores that will disguise your wires and cables, or look online for DIY solutions to keeping them hidden. 


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