One of the rooms that often times if not always threatens the overall look and feel of a home is the home office. With more and more people working from home in spare rooms, bijou nooks or trying to intergrate home offices into day to day living spaces it can feel a bit of a challenge. However fear not there are a number of tricks of the trade that us designers use to turn such spaces from being ordinary to extraordinary.
Home office furniture is often times ugly (think desks, chairs, lamps, filing cabinets and so on) so I would recommend thinking outside of the box. For example my desk in my studio at home is an old ornately carved Georgian
table which I picked up at a flea market for a song and have sprayed glossy teal. Rather than partnering it with a horrible office chair i have coupled it with a super sweet retro one that looks funky and creates an interesting
Heaped on my desk are little piles of books where little posies and scented candles hang out together along with a a fabulous vintage Italian lamp. It softens the look. Next up, house scanners and printers behind doors (in bookcases or cupboards) or plonk on sufaces and then accessorise around to distract the eye. Finally add warmth, layer rugs across floors, heap throws over chairs and add cushions. Cosy comfort coupled with functional practicality is the name of the game.
Sometimes the home office can become neglected; here are a few ways in which you can bring life back into your office space.
Buy a new desk – if your desk is looking a little tired and rough around the edges then create an instant impact with a new desk. At space2 we have a wide selection of desks to choose from and to suit every budget. If you find that you do most of your computer work sitting on the sofa you could always consider a side table specifically designed to be used with laptops.
The little touches – those extra finishings to your home office can make the room or area seem fresh, by adding matching pen pots and box files it will make the area feel uncluttered. There are many varying colours and designs on box files to choose from. These are ideal for those who want to add a splash of colour to their office.
Light up – lighting is very important in an office and sometimes you need to adjust it according to the work you are doing. For those moments when overhead lighting is too harsh, an adjustable desk lamp is perfectly suited to the task. Plus many of these lights come in fantastic colours, so you can accessorise your lamp with your other finishing touches.
If you have a spare room then creating your ideal home office is easy. However the likelihood is you will be sharing space in a room, but overhauling a bedroom for a total office refurbishment is not normally going to happen, however with a little forethought you can create a home office virtually anywhere.
- Add plenty of storage; never underestimate how much storage you will need. List all the items you are currently going to need to store and increase, as there will always be new items added and also items you have forgotten. Storage solutions could be wall shelves to divan drawers if your office space is in the bedroom.
- Ensure your desk is large enough for your needs; ideally your desk will be home to your computer and also contain drawers and other storage needs. Look for functionality, the more it can hold, the less space you will need overall.
- Your chair is also an important area to consider, firstly if you are going to spending a lot of time at your desk make sure you choose a supportive chair with good back support. Secondly, if the chair is going to be used by other members of the family, make sure it is adjustable to suit all heights and leg length.
- Ideally, the flooring of the office space should be hardwearing, if you are using a chair on wheels, think about using a vinyl or laminate just for that area, otherwise it won’t be easy to manoeuvre the chair into position.
- If your office is in a main room of the house and you don’t want it to be on show all the time, consider purchasing a screen or even a room divider.