Creating The Perfect Home Office

Creating The Perfect Home Office

If you work from home you’ll want to create an environment that is both comfortable and inspiring. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) there are now over four million people in UK who work from home; this is a figure that is ever increasing. Working from home comes with many advantages but one of the disadvantages is the numerous distractions and not having the right workspace. Here are some of the best tips and advice we have found to help you make the most of working from home.

Ideally you want to have your work space separate to living and sleeping areas of your home. This can help you to be more productive and separate work and home life.

Décor

As you will be spending a lot of time in your home office the décor and colour scheme is important. The colours and themes you choose may depend on the work you do or how you want to feel.  

If you want to step away from the traditional office colours of cream and white, get imaginative and use colours that ignite emotions - these could be happy orange and calming greens. We would recommend that don’t choose dark colours as this will make the room feel small.

Take a look at Dulex’s home office inspiration – where you can discover decorating trends, stunning room sets and surprising colour combinations.

Desk and Chair

Picking the right chair will be the most important purchase you make for your home office. Choose a chair with an adjustable seat and armrests to protect your spine and help reduce aches and injuries. A supportive chair can also help your productivity and improve posture.

As the central point of your home office it is key to choose the right desk for your needs and that fits with the theme of the room. Styles you could go for including everything from classic wood to modern glass. Also keep in mind the shape and size of the room, for example you could maximise your space with a corner desk.

Lighting

The source and amount of light you need to let into your home office will depend on the work you do. For example if your work requires you to be working off paper, then most likely you will need natural light to flood in. Alternatively if you work off a technology such as an IPad or laptop natural light can cause an unwanted glare.

It can take a while to figure out the right lighting so don’t be afraid to play about with it until you get it right.  

Blinds

Some people can find natural light and glare intense and distracting although shutting it out all day with black out blinds is not a desirable alternative. Instead opt for some cool sheer curtains, plantation shutters, roman shades and simple blinds can also ensure that you only have as much natural light as you need.

Another option would be buy a tall indoor plant which could be placed next to the window and will cut back on the glare while giving the room a sense of natural freshness. Research has shown that there are many benefits to having plants in your work space. The benefits include reduced stress and sickness, increase in productivity and creativity, create a better environment to work in and they provide cleaner air.

Storage

Having sufficient storage in your home office is important as it will help you to keep your work organised and on top of your tasks. Also keep your desk clutter free to create a more productive work space. Take a look at Better Homes and Garden’s storage ideas

Accessories

Now you have the basics it’s time to inject some personality. Make a list of everything you need, from pencils and paper clips to research materials. Measure all the electronic equipment you’ll require to see where it will fit best.

Having something pleasant to look at other than your computer screen is a must. Nature themed wall art is often considered to help increase productivity.

Use accessories to motivate and inspire you – display achievements and goals, as these will help you to keep focused and driven.

We hope our advice will help you to create the perfect environment to work in. Let us know what you have done to your home office?

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