When you’re working at home, it goes without saying that you need a motivational, inspiring space that helps you get stuff done. Working at the kitchen table surrounded by pots, pans, kids’ homework and a multitude of other things that aren’t work related isn’t going to give you the energy and drive you need - I speak from experience after working this way nearly broke my spirit until I decided something had to change.
So whether you’ve cleared out a corner in your living room or you have a small room to call your office, here are a few ideas on how to make it the chicest place going.
1. Make it your working space
If you’re still trying to decide where’s best to set up your office, consider where you think you’ll feel most able to get your head down to work. Even the garden shed (with added heating) may be the ideal retreat you need – especially if you think you’ll find the TV and fridge too distracting.
Equally, you may find that just sectioning off a larger room so you’re in your own ‘space’ works a treat.
2. Add those important functionalities
As well as being able to zone out into your work, you also need to be able to get your work done efficiently. So think about how you’re going to work and work well. This includes getting a desk and chair that’s comfortable. An ultra-modern design may look the part but if its minimalism provides little or no support for your back and posture, you’re soon going to feel uncomfortable. Consider how you can add storage too so you can keep the area as clutter-free as possible.
3. Choose the right lighting
Next, you need to ensure you have the best possible lighting to get your tasks done. Natural lighting is ideal for energising the space, but consider task lighting as well so you have ample lighting all day (and night). You can also use this lamp to add some personality and inspiration to the space. You only need to look at Cox & Cox great selection to find something with wow factor!
4. Create a mood board
Another wonderful way to add inspiration to your office, no matter how small it may be, is to introduce a mood board (or pin board – call it what you will). Pin up motivational quotes, funky pictures, to-do lists and anything else you need to help you focus on your tasks at hand.
5. Get creative
Now you have all of the functional, practical and inspirational features you need, it’s time to really bring the space to life with some fabulous finishing touches. This could be throws and cushions that help soften the space and make it feel more relaxing and refreshing than a corporate office. You might even find that a sofa provides you with the perfect space to cuddle up if you’re feeling a little jaded or need a change of scenery. Sometimes, just changing the way you’re sat or what you’re looking at can really give you that much-needed boost.
Finally, bring the outdoors in with some vibrant green plants and perhaps even some fresh flowers. These will really help invigorate you and add a freshness to the space.
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