There are perks to working from home, but it can also be difficult to find balance when
you are living and working in the same place.
Having a designated workspace can boost your mood and help you to be more focused and
productive during working hours. It can also make it easier to take a step back when you
are trying to relax.
We’ve put together this step-by-step guide to show you how easy it can be to create a
stylish and professional home office!
Choose Your Space
A spare bedroom is an ideal place to set up your home office, but if that isn’t an option
you could borrow unused space from under the stairs or adapt a large hallway or landing.
Your choice of workspace is very flexible but it’s best to pick a place that you don’t
associate with rest or relaxation. So, try to avoid using your bedroom or living room, this
will make it easier for you to switch off at the end of the day!
Decorate the Walls
Having colourful surroundings will help you to feel more motivated while working from
home and it’s been proven that certain colours can stimulate productivity. Blue, yellow
and green are mood-boosting colours that promote focus, so just pick a shade that
resonates with you and get painting!
If you are using a landing or hallway for your home office, you probably won’t want to
paint every wall, but you can easily add a feature wall that fits in with your current style.
Choose Your Furniture
First things first, you need a desk. Ideally, you want as big a desk as your office space
allows so you have plenty of room to spread out and work properly.
Next, you’ll need a comfortable chair. There are plenty of styles and designs to choose
from, just remember to pick one that cradles your back as you will likely be sitting in it
for long periods. You might also find it helpful to have a little pouffe – it’s great for
resting your feet on when you’re working long hours and it will fit perfectly underneath
Finally, you will need some storage for any files, books and stationery etc. But not to
worry, you don’t have to resort to an ugly filing cabinet, there are plenty of stylish options
to choose from. If you have room, freestanding storage like this ladder shelf is a great
option, but if you’re working in a small space you might need to rely on wall-mounted
storage and shelves.
Use Light to Your Advantage
Try to take advantage of natural light by placing your desk next to a window or letting
light streams in from other rooms.
Bright light can boost your mood and help you stay focused, so if you don’t have enough
natural light make sure you have a desk lamp or a ceiling light with a bright bulb too.
Make It Personal
Your home office is almost complete, but you need to add the finishing touches! These are
the little extra bits that help to personalise the space, making it a calm and comfortable
place for you to work.
Keep your workspace tidy with a desk organiser, or brighten it up with some greenery, like
this eucalyptus spray which is great for promoting calm and balance.
A rug will add colour and texture to the space and help make your home office feel cosier.
You could also put up a few pictures or motivational posters to help keep you inspired
throughout the day.
If you’re creating a home office, take a look at our range of home décor and furniture
products – these high-quality pieces have been chosen based on their beauty and value.