ProSource | 11/5/2015 | Project Tips
24/7 connectivity and a mobile world have made a 9-5 workday a thing of the past. We spend more time working, which means we want comfort. Your home office should be a place you don’t mind spending late hours or even weekends working, paying the bills or just organizing your hectic schedule. Read on to learn how to create it.
Choose Your Space
If you’re tight on space, you might not have too many options for the location of your home office. But whether you can make use of an extra bedroom, a section of the basement, or a small cove under the stairs, if you think creatively, you can make a great office space out of almost any room.
Maybe there’s unused space above the garage. Even a rarely used dining room can be cordoned off with a pair of French doors. Why not get more use out of your home?
Form And Function
Look for furniture that is both attractive and functional. Home office pieces don’t have to stop at sturdy. Search for elements that complement other rooms in your house. If your home has traditional décor, warm wood and soft, comfy chairs will blend well. A contemporary home office can feature glass, modern wood and artistic elements.
Today’s flooring offers so many options to choose from. Hardwood floors are timeless and offer a sense of luxury to your space. Rich carpet is cozy and warm underfoot. Ceramic tile is modern and elegant. And all are easily maintained.
Creating desk space has never been easier – or more affordable. Add cabinets for storage and to organize files, large volumes of books and all those extra necessities that clutter a space.
Color Your Canvas
White or beige walls have their place, but if they don’t inspire you to get work accomplished, that place is not in your home office. Choose a wall color that wakes up your creative side or keeps you calm under the most stressful of circumstances.
Invite Your Muse
Your home office shouldn’t be all work. Find ways to show off your personal style in the colors, fabrics and accessories.
If your home office design preference is contemporary, choose streamlined wood furnishings and clean lines. If yours is a more relaxed design, such as coastal or rustic, bring cozy extras into your office space.
Beyond the pencil holder and wastebasket, look at the fabrics on the windows, shelving, lighting and accessories. Just because it’s an office doesn’t mean your desk light has to be a banker’s lamp. Choose something that speaks to your personality and design preference.
Frame those train tickets from the South of France to call to mind a favorite memory, or a photo of your family to remind you what all the hard work is for after all. Add your most loved books, a stack of treasured vinyl albums or a few of your favorite movie posters for some added inspiration.
The one thing most home offices lack is floor space. But good organization is essential. So if you’re short on storage, think above your head. Hang floating shelves on the walls to get papers and office equipment off the desk, and use vertical file folders to keep critical papers within arm's reach.
Invest in a few sturdy baskets to tame mail, notes and important documents. Wood or metal stacking cubes can double as great storage for odds and ends.
There's not much you can do to beautify the computer, printer, and charging station, but you can hide unruly cords. Start by making sure your equipment is close to outlets and easy to access if you need to unplug. Feed cords into a desk grommet and tame them with cord winders, tubing or a wire organizer.
Those overhead lights from office spaces of your parents’ generation have come and gone. Choose ambient and task lighting to cut down on eyestrain and headaches. Take advantage of any natural light your home office receives by keeping window coverings to a minimum and positioning computer monitors to avoid any glare.
Review the inspiration images of home offices, and look over products such as flooring and cabinets for your perfect work space. Remember to add what you like to the myProSource Project Center to share with others, such as your ProSource trade professional member.
Make your home office an extension of your interior design style and you’ll find spending time working isn’t as much of a chore.
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