Every home needs a designated office area. Whether you work from home, take the occasional conference call outside of office hours, or just need a place for the kiddos’ to do those homework assignments, having a defined workspace can help your household be more successful and more organized on the whole.
But don’t let the phrase “work” scare you off. Your home office doesn’t have to be drab and dull like those cubicles you’re used to, nor should it take away from your home’s overall design aesthetic.
Here are 6 ways to create a stylish, beautiful workspace you actually want to be productive in:
Choose a consistent colour palette.
Select a colour palette that you can weave through your entire workspace. Light greys and blues are a trendy option, as are greys and pinks. Choose a work chair, office supplies, and organizers that fall in line with your palette, but be careful not to be too matchy-matchy. Feel free to mix up shades, patterns, and textures to really make the space feel special.
Have an organizational system in place.
Mess equals stress, so make sure you have plenty of organizers on hand to keep your workplace neat and tidy. Choose a desk with at least a few drawers, and hang floating shelves above it to store books, supplies, and other items. A few storage boxes underneath are a smart move, too.
Add a personal touch.
It doesn’t have to be a work-only space. If you really want your home office to feel like yours, add at least one or two personal touches — a photo of your children or maybe a painting of your pup.
Bring in new life.
Consider adding a succulent, fern, or potted plant to your workspace to really lighten the mood. Plants are proven to help purify the air, reduce stress, and provide a slew of other benefits, too. (Plus they just look pretty.) If you’re worried about caring for the plant (or you just don’t have much of a green thumb) stick to a hearty cactus instead.
Let there be light.
The right light fixture can both brighten your space and make it feel larger. Opt for a floor lamp or hanging pendant light to free up more desk space or choose a small table lamp that coordinates with your colour palette. The options are endless.
Don’t forget the floor.
Finish out your space with a stylish rug that anchors your design and brings your entire vision to life. Think fun patterns, eye-catching colours, and easy textures that combine all the other elements of the room. If you expect your furry friend to join you in the office from time to time, you might even add a small, coordinating dog bed, too.
The Bottom Line
Work doesn’t have to be boring. Take time to create an at-home workspace that you enjoy being in, and those office hours won’t seem so bad.