Thanks Steff for this post about putting together a cool work space at home.
If, like myself, you spent your childhood painting pictures on rocks for your parents for Christmas gifts, home décor can be a little lost on us. Everyone knows that a good, ol’ fashioned rock paperweight is the height of home office style, right? Maybe not, but that’s not to say you can’t get creative when decorating your home office – making it a space you really look forward to spending time knuckling down in. Here are a few helpful suggestions:
Let the Light In
Ideally, a home office should be in a comfortable sized room, with a lot of natural light and windows for air flow. Nobody can concentrate or work well in stuffy, enclosed spaces. Natural light is best as it will encourage energy: harsh lamps or dimly lit dungeons not so much. Not all of our homes look like they’ve come straight from the catalogue though, if you’re like most, you can still make the best of the space – hop online and check out feng shui tips for better energy, or move things around a few times until you have the perfect feel.
Positivity is Key
We’ve all seen them, the posters of an arbitrary landscape (almost like a computer desktop) with a superimposed quote by Gandhi or Buddha hanging on the wall of a doctor’s office or a reception somewhere. These motivational posters, albeit cliché, actually help with the mood in a space. But, the real fun in decorating is what else you can use to lift your mood while you’re stuck working. Funny posters: whether they are cartoon images, funny quotes, pictures of animals doing weird things – if they make you giggle, hang them up! Funny posters, like those available from Spencer’s, are a great way to add a break to the tedium of work; whenever you need a little laugh to de-stress, there they are!
If the space is big enough, make good use of it! Couches, cushions, beanbags: make a corner of your home office a haven. Have some incense and tea-light candles, and when work is getting you down take 15 minutes to chill and get centred. Despite the old adage, people really don’t work best under pressure – so when decorating your home office, keep in mind your state of mind and always allow for R&R.
Know your Niche
I’m pretty sure I read something once that said the key to a great home office is enjoying spending time there – maybe not a science, but seems pretty straightforward. Nobody likes the boring, clinical, white-wall version of a home office, do they? So go a little crazy with it – whatever your “thing” is, take it that extra mile. Love fishing? Having pictures around of you of that huge catch will inspire your work ethic. Bit of a bookworm? Have a bookshelf nearby with your favourites for a 30 minute break. The key to a great home office is comfort – you have to be happy in the space you’re in, so let your creativity do most of the work!
Check out some more home decorating ideas in these 25 Awesome Home Offices.
Decorating any space can be a tiresome exercise, and often people are left feeling a little less than satisfied – this doesn’t have to be the case. From cushions to funny posters, bookshelves to beanbags, there is lots of potential for you to have a funky, personalised office space. Take some time and feel it out, it is after all your home office: you need to be happy there! Do you have any tips for us? Anything in particular which worked well for you?
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