Create Function and Style in Your Home Office
The home office has fast become one of the most important rooms of the modern home. For those families who utilize every inch of their homes, it can be a challenge to create a space that is both functional and stylish. For homeowners looking to capitalize on form and make the most of their space, consider the following design features that will make your home office a place of efficiency and elegance.
Create space. Every room in your home is occupied? Not to worry. Home offices can function in some of the most unique places, including under stairwells and in decorator nooks placed strategically throughout the home. And since desks come in all shapes and sizes, you are sure to find one that will suit the workplace dimensions.
Organize over and under. If you are in need of more space, creative shelving options are available for both above and below your desk. Organizing in this way will allow for a clean, uncluttered look, while maximizing your workspace for productivity.
Add color. Many design experts will tell you that there are certain colors that actually inspire innovation. And since the home office is where we want that creative magic to happen, consider adding muted yellow and green hues for a feeling of calm and red and blue shades to add spark and inspiration.
Vary workstations. If your work area is roomy, consider setting up varying workstations so that the entire family can sit down to work without the worry of knocking elbows. This can mean designating individual spots for the personal computer, laptop and a desk area that allows for a spread of homework.
Keep it comfortable. Forgo the ergonomically-sterile desk chairs and opt instead for some plush and comfy fabric chairs that inspire creativity. Keep the walls lively with framed children’s artwork and family photos as a way of softening the space. Display water-saver plants for added color and, yes, brain-friendly oxygen. And vary the lighting from soft to super bright, depending on the mood you know yourself to be most efficient.
Don’t forget sound. Music, especially the classical strains of a violin or delicate piano keys, has a way calming the spirit and opening the door to the imagination. Or perhaps add in a ticking clock or outdoor wind chimes that will keep those creative juices flowing.
What fun and functional ideas have worked for you in your home office? We’d love for you to tell us!