A great work space promotes positivity and productivity, so it’s important to ensure your home office is in tip-top shape so you can get to work faster. This is especially true given the current trend with young professionals working from home more often.
But regardless of whether your home office is a designated space for running a business or simply a nook for paying bills and organising your schedule, you need to inject some personal style and make it your own. Here’s some of our top home office tips to help transform whatever space you have into a happy haven where you can kick some serious work goals.
Location, location, location
You’ll likely spend many hours in your home office, so you need to make sure you’re situated in the hottest piece of real estate within the house. You don’t want to be squishing a tiny desk into a windowless closet to preserve the rarely-used guest room. Instead, you want a quiet, tucked away space that’s still comfortable enough for you to work in.
You also need to think about traffic flow and distractions. In order to work most efficiently, you need a room of your own away from the hustle and bustle of family life.
Luckily for you, Total Homes has done all the hard work for you by taking the layout of every home design into consideration when choosing where to place the home office. As a result, all of our home offices are built into our designs to optimise the space and maximise your productivity.
Located away from the communal areas (i.e. the kitchen/dining/living area, theatre room and minor bedrooms), you can get some peace and quiet away from the rest of the family and get some serious work done. Check out our new home designs here and download their floorplans to see for yourself.
Form follows function
The whole point of creating a home office is so that it’s suitable for you to work in. Your desk, shelves and storage should serve you, not the other way around. So before you start investing in furniture, consider workflow and what items you need at your fingertips.
Look at pieces that are both stylish and functional. For example, if you need a lot of storage space for files, make sure you search for a desk with built-in drawer space and a tall shelving unit. Similarly, you’ll spend a lot of time parked in your office chair, so make sure it provides enough support and is ergonomically friendly.
Then, once you know what you need, you can start shopping for what you want. A few cherished items that inspire you are always a good idea. A special photo on your desk or even a mood board can motivate you get into a creative frame of mind when you sit down to work. But be careful not to go overboard – you don’t want too much clutter in your workspace.
Think in colour
Get your work motor humming with an inspiring colour. Start by painting the walls of your home office in a colour you love. If you want to keep your space light and airy, try painting the one wall first in a bolder colour to keep your creativity flowing.
According to research, certain colours can affect your mood. Brighter colours like orange and yellow can help spark creativity, whereas darker colours may look stylish but are far less stimulating and can make your more tired and less inclined to work. So when choosing a colour theme for your office, consider these pointers:
- Blue = Is a calming colour that can make you feel centred, relaxed and serene
- Yellow = Is a bright colour that can increase your energy
- White = Is a clean colour that can make the room feel more spacious and open
- Green = Is a fresh colour that symbolises prosperity and helps to reduce anxiety
- Purple = Is a rich colour that is great for sparking creativity
- Orange = Is an exciting colour that brings a burst of energy and enthusiasm
- Pink = When exposed to large amounts of pink can have a calming effect on the nerves (known as the Pink Effect)
At Total Homes, we’re your complete home builder, which means we have a fantastic range of inclusions in all our home designs. This includes full internal painting with your choice of the highest quality wall paints. So no matter the shade you’re after to build your dream home office, check out our full list of inclusions here.
Our pick: Go green
Green is a great colour for a home office. In fact, studies suggest that we can make our workspaces happier and healthier through the power of nature. One of the most restful colours for your eyes, green is known to be restorative, mind clearing and encourage composure.
Not only that, it can reduce stress, anger and exhaustion while increasing levels of happiness, energy and cognitive function. So try popping an indoor plant on your desk or selecting a piece of wall art which depicts the natural environment.
Maximise the space
Organise up and out
Maximise the space in your home office by organising vertically and horizontally. Most home offices aren’t swimming in square footage, so make the most of your space by being efficient with your furniture placement. Why not try hanging floating shelves on the walls to get papers off the desk and then use vertical file folders on the desk to keep the most important papers within arm’s reach?
Let there be light
A well-lit room can make all the difference in helping you to feel awake and ready for the day. While a dark space can leave you feeling tired and uninspired a light room can boost creativity. So make sure your home office has plenty of natural daylight. Not only will this open up the space and make it feel bigger than it actually is, it’ll help stimulate your brain.
Plenty of light can also cut down on eye strain and headaches which in turn promotes productivity. So try positioning your computer screen so there’s no glare from the window or overhead light. Place your desk where you can stare at something more interesting than a blank wall when you glance up from your computer screen. A window’s natural light is ideal.
Let Total Homes help you create your dream home office – We have a wide range of home designs that include home offices. Have a chat with our expert team today.