Looking for a bit of inspo for your non-existent home office? These are absolute desk goals, and you can re-create them with very little budget too – yay!
If you’re lucky enough to work from home, even for one day a week (oh, what we wouldn’t give!), it can be very tempting to stay in your pjs, and work from the comfort of your bed. However studies have shown that it’s counterproductive to work in your bedroom. Bed is where we go to sleep, so naturally, your brain has been trained to wind down as soon as you hop under that comfy duvet. Thus, making you far less productive than if you were to work from, say, your kitchen table.
While having an entirely seperate home office is a luxury only some of us can afford, there are plenty of ways to incorporate a dedicated work-space into your home, without knocking walls, or building an extension.
Finding A Space
The beauty of modern technology, is that everything is pretty compact. No longer are we chained to bulky PCs, with clunky hard-drives, walled in by stacks of CD Roms, printers, photocopiers, fax machines etc. Really, all you need is your laptop or home computer, and your phone, making it far easier to create a work space without taking up too much of a room.
Finding a corner in your hallway or dining room is ideal – both rooms are free from distraction, with little to no noise from a TV or radio throughout working hours. Perhaps you’ve got an alcove under the stairs that’s too awkward for a tall piece of furniture, but would be ideal for a desk and a low chair. Think outside the box when it comes to finding a space. Only use your bedroom as a last resort. When you clock off for the day, you want to be able to close the door and walk away. It can be far too tempting to check your emails, or make some final tweaks to a presentation just before you hit the hay, which won’t do you any favours when you eventually want to sleep.
Psychologists have found, that adding plants to your office or work-space have far more benefits than just being aesthetically pleasing. As well as oxygenating the air, adding some flora to your office has been shown to boost productivity by up to 15%!
However the lack of natural light in regular offices make it a difficult environment for plants to thrive, so when choosing your new home office space, try and make use of as much natural light as possible. Not only do they boost productivity, but indoor plants have also been known to reduce stress, and create a feeling of well-being.
Pick A Colour
Choosing a colour scheme for your office is vital. First of all, make sure it’s something you like. You’ll never want to work in a space that’s dark, and uninspiring, so choosing a colour scheme that you love will make spending time there a whole lot easier.
While you may not have the freedom to paint walls, especially if your new home office is going to be a part of another room in the house. But you can incorporate your favourite colours in lots of ways; through a cushion or throw on the back of your chair, through hanging artwork above your desk, or even through the stationery that you use – go wild…
No, really, go wild! Studies have shown that blandly-painted offices in concrete grey or beige can lower productivity, and increase feelings of sadness. Go bold with your decor, and get those creative juices flowing.