How to Design Your Home Office

Thursday 17th December 2015

Spaceslide head of showrooms, Will Gough, provides three simple design tips on how to design your home office and make it a functional space for work, as well as a beautiful and stylish space for you to enjoy.

You may have the luxury of a whole room or perhaps you have commandeered an alcove for your home office.  Either way, you should make sure you’re getting the most out of this space.  Regardless of whether you are working full-time from home, sitting down regularly to keep your household admin under control, or using the space occasionally for your personal interests, most people would much prefer a space that is clear of clutter and distractions, yet decked with the best lighting and features to inspire creativity and aid productivity. 

 

With just some simple changes to colour, storage and lighting, you can refresh your work space…

 

Colour

 

The colour on the walls in your home office or around your work space can influence your mood and productivity.  Blogger Chris Bailey’s interview with world-renowned colour psychologist Angela Wright in A Life of Productivity explores the exact colour to paint your office to help you become the most productive you can be.  Chris summarises: “Research has shown that blue colours affect your mind; yellow your emotions; red your body; and green your ‘balance’.  By combining these colours you can influence your behaviour.”

Image source: alifeofproductivity.com

 

Storage

 

Open shelving is great for housing box files which can hide all your paperwork or magazines, whilst acting as a vibrant colour feature.  Use drawers to conceal all your random items of stationery, or you can make a bold feature of these too, as illustrated below.  Our Premier Storage Kits with both shelving and drawers have been specially designed to offer a variety of storage solutions to suit any space, including the home office.  They are available in 10 different wood effects to match any style of room.

Image sources: housetohome.co.uk, shelterness.com  

 

Lighting

 

If you have the benefit of natural light, position your desk or workspace near it.  Supplement this with layered lighting from different sources.  A task light with a swivel head can be angled directly onto your work.  If space is at a premium and you need to remove the footprint from your desk, opt for a clamp swing arm desk lamp to attach to the side.  Include some ambient lighting such as recessed lamps or up lights to help create a soft, relaxing mood.  Lastly, good overhead lighting will illuminate all the nooks and crannies that the other lighting hasn’t managed to reach.

Image source: stealmag.com